Ancienne Belgique Venue, Brussels – March 22, 2015 !
‘Say It Loud And Sing It Proud Today’ is the first line of the grandiose chorus of ‘The Masterplan’, the B-side for global hit ‘Wonderwall’ in 1995 (attention: Noel Gallagher once claimed he didn’t wrote B-sides, only A-sides. He delivered several pearls to prove his point). It’s also the last song of his performances in the current world tour to promote his second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday‘.
A choir of 3000 (including the ‘traditional’ British legion who crossed the sea to witness The Boss on the European continent) screamed The Masterplan lyrics word by word. A final, ear-splitting, magical moment of a ‘greatest anthems’ collection with an avalanche of delirious peaks. Here’s the setlist
Five Oasis killers (including ‘Champagne Supernova‘ for the first time since the Oasis heydays and a punky version of Digsy’s Dinner), six solid stones from his debut album with The High Flying Birds and seven pieces of ‘Chasing Yesterday’. Very remarkable fact: the songs from the first solo record (especially: Dream On / Everybody’s On The Run / If I Had A Gun & Aka Life) are already part of The Gallagher Hall Of Big Choruses Fame. And the new ones will undoubtedly follow in the near future. A Gallagher show is a completely different experience than listing at home to his records on the stereo. All is bigger than life when the Manchester hero takes a stage, then and now. I experienced it about 30 times, then and now. Volume is up, adrenaline is up, orchestration is up (the Birds are expanded with a powerful 3-piece horn section this time), greatness is up and the crowd is up… very up ! Seems after all this years Noel Gallagher was/is the ultimate rock ‘n roll star and not his brother.
The Man is an expert in writing ‘at first sounding’ simple but incredibly catchy and colorful compositions that aim at your heart and your soul (he’s also an expert in insulting other artists but let’s not focus on his Big Mouth now). Songs about daily life to connect with. The NME Godlike genius excels in moving people, giving a feeling of hope to people and make them leave a show of him with a very big smile on their face and still singing it proud hours later in the streets. Euphoria !
(All concert pics: JL)
Say It Loud And Sing It Proud….
New album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ …