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Monday 21 April 2014

Noel Gallagher on a high at Irish gig as album hits the top

Noel Gallagher

Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was spotted celebrating in Dublin last night.

Kicking off his first solo tour in the city, the 44-year-old had learnt that his album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' had entered the UK charts at Number One.

Last year, his brother Liam's post-Oasis band Beady Eye peaked only at Number Three with 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.

Earlier yesterday, Gallagher had another reason to celebrate when his beloved Manchester City beat rivals Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford.

Emerging from the Merrion Hotel yesterday in his team's colours, en route to his show in the Olympia Theatre, the Oasis songwriter told fans he was on a high, and revealed that he had chosen Ireland for the first date of his solo tour because he has "so many relatives over here".

"My mum lives in Ireland as so much of my family," said Gallagher who grew up in Manchester but has Irish parents.

Although Oasis split acrimoniously in 2009, Liam announced this week he would consider teaming up with his brother Noel again in 2015, the 20th anniversary of album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, their second and biggest selling album.

"In 2015, if we can put our shit aside, we can tour and play the album in its entirety for the 20th anniversary," Liam said. "I'd be up for that ... but there's got to be two-way respect."

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will also play Dublin again next year on February 17, 2012 in the 02.

Gallagher has promised to play Oasis songs as part of his live set.

The first show in Dublin is part of a tour that takes in Manchester, London and Glasgow.

Famous battles between brothers and bandmates Noel and Liam led to Oasis splitting in August 2009, when Noel finally walked out.

Yesterday, Gallagher's album stopped rival Matt Cardle, last year's 'X Factor' winner, from getting to the top spot with his first album 'Letters'.

It notched up sales of 120,000-plus in its first week alone, outselling 'Letters' by some 40pc.

Both acts nudged Steps -- last week's Number One -- down to Number Three with their Ultimate Collection.

The only other new entry in this week's Official Albums Top 10 was from Irish crooner Daniel O'Donnell, who notched up his 14th top 10 entry with greatest hits release The Ultimate Collection in at Number Seven.

Manchester band The Stone Roses, who announced on Tuesday that they are to reunite for a series of gigs 15 years after their split, went into this week's album chart at number 40 with 'The Stone Roses'.

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