Noel Rocks Despite Missing Out on No 1 Album
Westlife might have pipped Oasis to the post in the album charts but Noel isn't down...
Noel Gallagher brought the church down during the Mencap 'Little Noise Sessions' gig at the Union Chapel in London on Sunday, despite Oasis losing their album chart battle to Westlife.
Cheers and chants of "No-el, No-el, No-el," greeted the Oasis frontman to the stage and he was was in a playful mood for most of the evening, joking with a crowd member who kept shouting requests at the stage: "I'll give a thousand pounds to Mencap if you'll keep your mouth shut for 20 minutes."
The heckler didn't which resulted in Noel shaking his head and sighing: "You couldn't do it could ya? You couldn't even do it for the little kiddies!"
The crowd, which included Russell Brand amongst its famous faces, were treated to a collection of Oasis classics including 'Don't Look Back in Anger, Cast No Shadow and a heavily re-worked Wonderwall.
His band's greatest hits album may not have topped the charts but Noel didn't look at all bitter and also treated fans to Beatles track 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and a Bob Dylan-style rendition of 'Whatever'.
The venue, a still functioning church, must have thought it had received the second congregation of the Sunday as the crowd nodded, sang, cheered and shouted through a wonderful hour.
In support were Noel's mates Kasabian. The Leicester boys' stripped back set inlcluded a guitar, a bongo and a snare.
The boys covered The Beatles 'I'm So Tired' and concluded with a rabble rousing performance of 'LSF' which had the 500-strong crowd on their feet, banging and chanting along.
The Chapel played home to Amy Winehouse on Friday night too - and the smoky-voiced chanteuse sounded on top form despite glugging her way through 2 goldfish bowl-sized red wines during her 45-minute set.
All in the name of charity, of course!