Thursday, November 02, 2006

Oh. My. GOD. The NME is trying to kill me, again

I'm absolutely in tears reading this. Lucky bastards at the concert.

Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller joined forces onstage at a charity gig in London tonight (November 2).

Gallagher, watched by his brother and bandmate Liam and backed by a two bandmates including Oasis bandmate Gem Archer, was joined by his buddy onstage at KOKO, at a show in aid of drugs charity Focus.

Together they performed Weller's 2005 hit single 'Come On/Let's Go' and 'Thick As Thieves', a classic by Weller's old band The Jam, from their 1979 album 'Setting Sons'.
Noel also covered his heroes' The Beatles' 1967 classic 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

Earlier comedian Russell Brand had acted as MC, introducing opening act The Holloways, and then Dirty Pretty Things, standing in for Kasabian. Their guitarist Serge Pizzorno is suffering from laryngitis, or as Noel put it onstage later when dedicating 'Cast No Shadow' to his pal, "something pretentious like that".

DPT were joined by a guest of their own, The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, who sang with Carl Barat on the singles 'Deadwood' and 'Bang Bang You're Dead' as well as his own group's 1997 hit 'North Country Boy'.

Gallagher, who was playing acoustically (with Archer on electric guitar), played a set including the Oasis classics 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Slide Away', and rarely performed B-sides such as 'Fade Away', 'Listen Up' and set opener '(It's Good) To Be Free'

I'm absolutely DYING here. 'Thick As Thieves' is one of my absolute fave Jam tunes, and 'Listen Up' is definitely in my top 5 Oasis tunes. (I like the echoey guitar part. Very fluid and lovely). And DTP and Tim did 'North Country Boy?' My favorite Charlatans song? Jesus.

Also, get well soon, Serge, you sexy bitch... Grrr.....

If my dear friend and co-worker Jen reads this before tomorrow, I guarantee you that she's saying to herself, "Gee, wonder if we're going to be spinning Jam, Charlatans and Oasis tunes at the shop tomorrow?"

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