Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. October 31, 2012

“Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find, a better place to play”

Published by Jeff Becker, November 3, 2012

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol

  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • St. Paul, MN.
  • October 31, 2012

Setlist for Noel Gallagher:   

  • (It’s Good) To Be Free
  • Everybody’s on the Run
  • Dream On
  • If I Had a Gun
  • The Death of You and Me
  • Wonderwall
  • (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine
  • AKA… What a Life!
  • Talk Tonight
  • AKA… Broken Arrow
  • Half the World Away
  • (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
  • Whatever
  • Don’t Look Back in Anger

Review:   For many years I wanted to like Snow Patrol but I just couldn’t drink their all-too-sugary kool-aid.   I liked ‘Run’ but I couldn’t chase cars and wave my arms in the air to their simple chord arrangements and wannabe sing-alongs.  I’ve listened to their CD’s – so I’ve tried, and I’ve seen them live and I know it simply won’t happen.   They’re likable (too much), playful and reasonably talented but they just simply aren’t very good.   In fact there are times, at their very worst, when they are about 3 chords away from from sounding like Foreigner.  The way in which they work the audience along throughout the show is cringing.   They are the puppies, begging for your love where Noel Gallagher is the cat saying ‘fuck you, come earn my love’.    Wednesday night’s Snow Patrol performance looked good and at moments sounded good (I tried to like one song), but the mix of Snow Patrol playing after Noel Gallagher just didn’t make common sense.   Noel Gallagher playing before Snow Patrol.   Eh?   This was like Elvis going onstage before the Monkees.   This was like Pink Floyd going onstage before the Bee Gees.   This was like Radiohead opening for Coldplay.  It just shouldn’t fucking happen.   For gosh sakes Noel – next time bring along The Stone Roses, Lily Allen or Kasabian. On the flip side, Mr. Gallager is borderline majestic and in the history books of British rock he will endear himself as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation along with Thom Yorke and a tiny list of others.  His catalog of material to choose from during his 70 minute set is staggering.  The man could play for five hours.  Grabbing songs from the Oasis hidden b-side masterpiece The Masterplan is a brilliant touch, showcasing Gallagher at his creative songwriting peak in the early 90’s before drugs took their toll later in the decade.   But there’s something cool about Gallagher that Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody sorely misses and that is a rock and roll attitude.   Gallagher’s banter with the audience is far more in line with his social status of still being an uber-talented rock star brat.   He oozes credibility even if you hated the last 10 years of Oasis’s catalog.  Gallagher stares the fans down with a look of, “You think you’re telling me what songs to play tonight?   I don’t think so”.   His smart ass replies have just the right type of humor to make you laugh and to not offend.  But Lightbody is a packet of nutrasweet on top of pure sugar cane.   He drips the need to be liked onstage and his pleas to the audience dropped him down a notch further at every instance.  Instead of allowing the music to invigorate the audience he relied on his likable nature.   Unfortunately we have no burning desire to want our rock stars to act like our friendly next door neighbor – we want our rock stars to blow us away with their music and then flip us off if they feel so desired.   Noel Gallagher can flip me off any day of the week and I’ll come back for more. –TWTHS

Click here for our review and photos of Noel Gallagher in Milwaukee, April 3, 2012


2 thoughts on “Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. October 31, 2012

  1. Sylvia Borgo

    I’ve never seen Snow Patrol live, but I totally see what you are saying (Radiohead opening up for Coldplay. HA! As if!). And, yes . . . Noel Gallagher is a rock icon, for sure – I’d hate to photograph him when he is in a bad mood, though! Eeep! I guess if I had to be trapped in an elevator with one of these guys, I’d have to go for Lightbody.

    1. twths Post author

      Great stuff Slyvia, and thank you for the comment 🙂 The order of the lineup (Snow Patrol after Noel) was a definite head scratcher but a lot of the audience was there for Snow Patrol so maybe I was one of the strange ones. However, I’ll stick to my guns that Noel is a living legend and Snow Patrol is, um, well…..trying hard to be one. Given that, Snow Patrol was fine but I think a co-headlining female act would have served better to accompany Noel on this tour (which hasn’t sold well since the spike in ticket prices due to the addition of Snow Patrol). It just seems like too much of a testosterone battle with Lightbody and Noel belting out sing alongs back-to-back. The show needed fewer alpha males and better counterbalance – if that makes any sense.

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