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Watch Noel Gallagher give a rare outing to ‘Stand By Me’ at Teenage Cancer Trust gig

A night of treats for Oasis fans...

By Nick Reilly

Noel Gallagher (Picture: John Stead)

Last night saw Noel Gallagher play the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust, where he gave rare airings to a selection of Oasis and solo classics.

For devotees of this most famous band, this meant a chance to hear ‘Stand By Me’ – only the second time that he has played the track with the High Flying Birds. The first, as NME reports, came during a warm-up show in Poole earlier this week.

As was the case at the Poole show, Gallagher also played High Flying Birds favourite ‘Lock All The Doors’ and Oasis’ ‘Talk Tonight’, both of which – before this week – had not been performed live since 2019.

While the first half of the show delved deep into the current glories of the High Flying Birds, the second half saw Noel tell the crowd “back in the 90s, you were f*cking mad for it”, before going straight into Oasis’ ‘Going Nowhere’ – which kicked off a run of tunes from the group.

There was also an unexpected cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Quinn The Eskimo’ late on, before a triumphant run of ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ brought things to a close.

“On behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust, I want to say thank you for all the support. We will see you somewhere down the road,” Noel told the Royal Albert Hall crowd.

Elsewhere at the Teenage Cancer Trust shows, tonight sees Young Fathers headline the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time. This weekend will see a headline set from Chemical Brothers (Saturday 23 March), before the week closes with ‘Ovation – A Celebration of 24 Years of Gigs For Teenage Cancer Trust’ on Sunday 24 March.

With 2024 marking Roger Daltrey’s last year of curating the shows, they will feature an array of the Who icon’s friends and fans: Roger himself, with Kelly Jones, Robert Plant with Saving Grace, Eddie Vedder and Paul Weller.