Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Live at the Cleveland House of Blues, 6-2-2015
No opening band. No crazy dance moves. Just pure Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds up on stage doing their thing.
It’s been 10 years since Oasis came to Cleveland and rocked the Blossom Music Center on a chilly Ohio day. I was at that show, my heart all up knots at the first real-life sighting of my favorite band of brothers. We all know some musicians suck hardcore performing live, while their studio work knocks it out of the park. From experience I can tell you that a live show with the Gallagher brothers is like stepping out from the cover art of an Oasis CD and being surrounded by the best live versions of your favorite songs that you could imagine.
After attending last night’s show I can safely say that nothing has changed. At 48 years old, Noel still sings, speaks and looks like a rock ‘n’ roll star. I had tears in my eyes at least 3 times watching and hearing one of my favorite musicians play inside the very intimate setting of the Cleveland House of Blues.
From the opening song Do the Damage to the ending encore song Don’t Look Back In Anger, the set list couldn’t have been better. And neither could the crowd. It’s not just the amazing musician who is aging so well that made this show so special, but the fan base was probably the most mature I’ve ever seen. Yeah, you had the obnoxious 30-year-old-somethings standing in the corner making snide remarks about Oasis. But other than that, it was easy to see the place was filled with people who truly love the music. I’d also like to note that it’s one of the few concerts I’ve ever attended that didn’t have the scent of weed drifting throughout.
I voice recorded the whole set, but since this was the first time using my new recorder, it came with some issues upon playback. Main thing I noticed, and I should have tested it out before attending the show: it seriously catches every sound. I definitely need to not stand around annoying people whining about what they will or won’t play next time. My recording of The Mexican came out the best – but it would be so much better if the dudes next to me would have shut up.
I think this line from writer Annie Zaleski perfectly sums up the night: “The final song, Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” turned into a delirious venue-wide sing-along: Strangers hugged, threw their hands (and phones) in the air and shouted along to each and every lyric with the gusto of one a.m. drunken revelry.” Needless to say, I was one of those people.
You can read Zaleski’s review from Cleveland Scene here.