Who: Noel Gallagher & Gem
When: Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 14 December 2006
Famed Beatles Producer Sir George Martin once remarked ‘I consider Noel to be one of the finest songwriters of his generation’. Heavy praise and a statement with which the Rockbrat wholeheartedly agrees. Martin was of course talking about Noel Gallagher. As I write this, Oasis are no longer blasting it out – a bitter fight between Noel and his younger brother Liam last year, putting an end to their band once and for all. Some three years earlier however, Oasis released a Greatest Hits album called ‘Stop The Clocks, and Noel (along with his band mate Gem Archer) toured the world in acoustic guide to promote it. I could rave about Noel Gallagher all day – he is a genius – god-like even. In the mid-90’s when his UK peers were penning half-decent songs, Noelly G was writing anthems ! Anthems my friends ! Songs which will last until the end of time, sung in unison by vast stadiums of people of all nationalities. A modern-day legend. The boys had only graced Australian shores some 12 months earlier so to have Noel back on our soil was truly great…..and he had the cool and ever-reliable Gem alongside him. This show, understandably, sold out in minutes – but the determined Rockbrat did not miss out…and it was an evening to look back on and treasure. Kicking off with ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’ then ‘Talk Tonight’ Gallagher was on form – though he rarely isn’t. Other highlights for me were ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’, the glorious ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. The Rockbrat smiled all the way home, with Gallagher tunage still swirling around his head. Ten out of ten Mr Gold Air.