Noel flying high as fans flock to gig

Noel Gallagher performing at Sheffield Arena
Noel Gallagher performing at Sheffield Arena
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THERE’s no need for ex-Oasis hero Noel Gallagher to look back in anger on his split from the band that made his name.

More than two years after the big bust up with brother Liam, Noel was back in the familiar surroundings of Sheffield Arena with a mix of something old and something new.

And fans had turned out in force to welcome him back to the venue where Oasis played their first mega show, almost 17 years ago.

Noel’s High Flying Birds presented a generous selection of material from their debut album, including stand-outs such as What A Life and If I Had A Gun.

But Noel seems as proud as ever of his illustrious back catalogue, and Oasis songs, some classics, some more obscure, punctuated the set.

Little By Little, Half The World Away and a stripped down version of Supersonic were all greeted like long lost friends by the crowd, while Don’t Look Back In Anger itself was saved for the big finale.

The Sheffield show was one of eight big dates around the UK that will be followed by tours of Europe and the US.

Before that he will be making an appearance at the Brits and will receive NME’s Godlike Genius Award.

n See tomorrow’s Star for David Dunn’s review.