British rocker Noel Gallagher has developed a reputation in recent years for delivering biting, hilarious one-liners, both in interviews and at concerts. In front of the crowd as the Saturday night headliner for Tokyo’s leg of Summer Sonic, however, the former Oasis brain trust was mostly quiet.
Over the course of 90 minutes, he and his High Flying Birds hunkered down on recent solo material with a few Oasis hits mixed in (“Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger”). “Thanks so much,” he said late in the show, “maybe we’ll come back next summer.” He ended with The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” while the audience trickled toward the exits.
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