Hey Detroiters, Noel Gallagher’s coming to the Royal Oak Music Theater in March

18 11 2011


I got my tickets already.  This should be a great concert.  The Royal Oak Music Theater is a great place to see a show.  There’s not a bad seat in the house and there’s a decent bar there, with service even to the main floor.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on The Late Show with David Letterman

11 11 2011

I stayed up until just shy of 1:00 a.m. to catch Noel Gallagher and his new band on David Letterman’s show.  After sitting through nearly an hour-and-a-half of largely unfunny stuff, I was glad to see the band.

Noel sounds great.  He seems to be in top form and his band is tight.  I don’t think there’s anything terribly complex about the song they played, “If I Had a Gun…” but the execution was spot-on.

Watch this video before Youtube has it yanked.

…everybody had a good time…

27 11 2009

Over the years, Macca’s solo renditions of Beatles’ classics have gotten bigger — bloated really — for stadium shows.  All polish, no grit.

But here Paul straps on his guitar and gets after it with his 2009 touring band on the highly underrated Beatles tune “I’ve Got A Feeling.”  This performance has all the balls of the original and retains the feel of a barroom blisterer.  There’s no sense that this was performed by arena-ready hired guns.  It’s as if Paul was back on the roof with the lads.

I’m stunned at how good this rendition is.  There’s one major downside: Abe Laboriel, Jr. (badly) singing John’s middle eight.  Isn’t there a better singer in Paul’s band?

The Dreams We Have as Children. . .

3 04 2009

noeldreamschildren1The Sunday Times in London gave away a free CD of Noel Gallagher performing live at the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Being a Yankee, I didn’t have access to the CD but, thankfully, a couple of fantastic Brits sent me copies.

I’m a huge Noel Gallagher fan.  I love Liam, too, but I’d listen to anything Noel put out, especially if he sings.  This free CD certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Paul Weller performs two songs with Noel, “The Butterfly Collector,” an old The Jam tune, and “All You Needs is Love.”  Probably the next best song on the disk is the Smiths’ ” There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.”  I’ve never cared a whole for Morrissey, but Noel’s treatment of this song gives me a new appreciation for it.

The rest of the songs are Oasis tracks.  Except for “Wonderwall,” there are no mega-hits.  Most of the songs are a bit slower like “Sad Song” or “Don’t Go Away.”

There are backing instruments like horns and such, but the disk has an unplugged feel to it.

For a free CD, you can’t beat this.  I’m not much into live albums and unplugged stuff, but this collection is fantastic.  If you are stateside, you might be able to download the songs from i-tunes.  Maybe you can get a hold of the free CD somewhere on the ‘net.  If you can get it, do it!

Noel Gallagher solo charity performances to be released March 16

10 03 2009

Live recordings by Noel Gallagher taken from his semi-acoustic performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 27th March 2007 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust will be released next week.

‘The Dreams We Have As Children (Live for Teenage Cancer Trust)’ features classic and rare tracks from the Oasis canon along with several cover versions of some of Noel’s favourite artists. Songs by The Beatles and The Smiths are featured here along with a very special duet with Paul Weller performing The Jam’s ‘The Butterfly Collector’.

From Tuesday 10th March, The Times will print a link in the paper each day (for five days) which takes readers to a specific page on iTunes (www.itunes.co.uk) where they can download a different song each day for free. Then on Sunday 15th March, The Sunday Times will be giving away an 11 track CD with the newspaper which, alongside the downloads, gives readers the full tracklisting for ‘The Dreams We Have As Children (Live for Teenage Cancer Trust)’. A donation has been made to Teenage Cancer Trust in respect of the use of these recordings. On 16th March the full album will be available to buy digitally (only) from a selection of online retailers.

Oasis are long time supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust and are proud to continue their support. As well as Noel’s appearance with special guests in 2007, the band headlined the event in 2002. In addition Noel has made several guest appearances himself over the decade.

Songs available from iTunes (www.itunes.co.uk) – via The Times:

March 10th – (It’s Good) To Be Free
March 11th – Talk Tonight
March 12th – Cast No Shadow
March 13th – The Importance Of Being Idle
March 14th – Don’t Look Back In Anger

The Sunday Times free CD on Sunday 15th March:

1. Fade Away
2. Listen Up
3. Half The World Away
4. The Butterfly Collector
5. All You Need Is Love
6. Don’t Go Away
7. Sad Song
8. Wonderwall
9. Slide Away
10. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
11. Married With Children

‘The Dreams We Have As Children (Live for Teenage Cancer Trust)’ is available to download from Monday 16th March:

1. (It’s Good) To Be Free
2. Talk Tonight
3. Fade Away
4. Cast No Shadow
5. Half The World Away
6. The Importance of Being Idle
7. The Butterfly Collector
8. All You Need Is Love
9. Don’t Go Away
10. Listen Up
11. Sad Song
12. Wonderwall
13. Slide Away
14. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
15. Don’t Look Back In Anger
16. Married With Children


I can’t wait for this to be released.  I’m not terribly sophisticated when it comes to downloading music, so I’m not sure how easy it will be to get these songs via UK websites.  I hope we can get our hands on this here in the States.

Classic Police, live in France, 1980

7 01 2009

There are hundreds, maybe thousands (I didn’t count), old videos on youtube of the Police performing live.   These two jumped out at me.  Both are from the same show in France in 1980.  At this point, they were one of the best bands in the world, both live and in the studio.

I like the quality of the video and performance of “Driven To Tears.” There are better Police songs, but this really shows what a great band they were live.

“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” didn’t go off quite as well.  Sting lost it after a fan threw mud and others later spit at him.  Watch his reaction!  The young Sting was obviously a much angrier man than we would expect of the older tree-hugging-eight-hours-of-tantric-sex-having guy we’ve come to know. (Not that I blame him.)  This video is great!