Noel Gallagher gives crowd a good ribbing as he rocks out 3Arena

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Say what you like about an Irish audience....they can take a good slagging.

When Noel Gallagher played Nottingham last week, he ripped into

local sides Forest and Notts County, branding them both “dogshit”.

It didn’t go down well with the locals, but in Dublin there was a ripple of laughter when he took the mic at the 3Arena to ask: “What’s going on since the last time I was here?....F**kall.”

Noel Gallagher

He saved a special ribbing on Thursday night for a female fan who yelled to the frontman that it was her birthday.

“Oh”, replied the Manchester hitmaker, “what age are you?”

“Twenty-eight,” came the reply.

“F**k me,” smirked Gallagher, “You’ve had a hard life, where you from, Mayo?”

With his own strong links to that county (his mum Peggy is from Charlestown), the ex-Oasis man could have hammed up his Irish roots to no end.

But apart from a tin whistle making its way into one of his numbers, he gave fans what they wanted: half Oasis, half High Flying Birds.

Gallagher’s not skimping on cost, bringing with him a top drawer pianist, lead guitarist, bassist, backing vocalists, drummer and a three-man brass section.

It meant the songs which powered through 90s music like a juggernaut sounded all the better.

Noel Gallagher and mum Peggy

Like a fine wine, Wonderwall, one of a handful which brought this crowd to its feet, sounded better with age as Gallagher, 50, uncorked the 23-year-old classic.

A more sedate, acoustic version of Don’t Look Back in Anger was warmly received and Go Let it Out, (minus Liam’s gravelly voice) along with Half the World Away and Little by Little were the other Oasis crowd-pleasers.

Solo numbers Riverman, Ballad of the Mighty I and AKA...What a Life (an ode to his beloved Manchester City) also went down a storm.

One of the criticisms of the Brit pop band during its heyday was that Oasis was Beatles Lite.

And if they did nick a riff or 23 from their Merseyside neighbours, it’s not a notion Gallagher, as a solo artist, bothers to dispel.

He closed with the Fab Four’s All you Need is Love as giant balloons of green, white and orange sank from the ceiling to the outstretched arms of the crowd below.

Maybe he is keen to drum up the old Irish connection after all.

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