OAKLAND — Noel Gallagher brought his band, the High Flying Birds, the the Fox Theater Saturday. The former Oasis lead guitarist recently released his latest album, Who Built The Moon.
Kicking things off with the first four songs from that album, in order, Gallagher and his 10-member band launched into “Fort Knox,” “Holly Mountain,” “Keep on reaching” and “It’s a Beautiful World.” Unlike his younger brother, Liam, who also passed through the Bay Area last fall, the elder Gallagher didn’t interact much with the crowd at first. But after an inebriated fan broke the ice by heckling the artist about his brother, Gallagher continued on with the joke.
“I see you have merch on you; if you keep quiet I’ll let you stay for the show,” he announced. Fans laughed, and from that point on, he began chatting up fans between each song.
The show went on with a song mix of Gallagher’s solo material and Oasis cuts like “Little by Little,” “The Importance of Being Idle” and “Half the World Away,” the latter introduced by a young fan.
Although fans were excited to hear Gallagher’s album songs, they exploded every time he busted out a classic Oasis track like “Wonderwall”—dedicated to the heckling fan from earlier in the show— and “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”
After a short break, the band returned to perform “The Right Stuff,” with vocalist Audrey Gbaguidi, who performs as YSĒE, beautifully handling her parts.
The band closed the show with a cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.”
The show didn’t have an opener and surprisingly, Noel Gallagher and his band took the stage promptly at 8:15 p.m. Because of this, many late arrivers missed the first few songs.