Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at The Riviera Theater 5/29/2015

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Ask a hundred people what they think of Noel Gallagher and you’d probably get a lot of variety in the answers: brash egomaniac, arsehole, a bit of a cunt. His reputation as a brutally honest interviewee definitely travels with him. But one thing you’ll likely hear from everyone you ask is that he is a brilliant songwriter-one of the best over the past 20 years. Last night in Chicago he brought out his band on his birthday and rocked through 20 great tunes, including a few Oasis songs. I might be one of the few people who was actually excited when Oasis broke up because Noel could finally do his thing.

The setlist hasn’t changed much, or at all really, for this North American tour. The band played a couple shows in Mexico earlier this week with identical songs. No problem for me because it’s a really good set. They…

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