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Noel Gallagher flies on solo tour

Noel Gallagher
Image caption Noel Gallagher's debut solo album is currently number one in the UK chart

Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher has played the opening UK date of his first solo tour in his home city of Manchester.

Fans at the Manchester Apollo chanted his name between songs as he played a mixture of new songs and Oasis tracks.

The crowd sang along en masse to Oasis classics including Wonderwall, Little By Little, Supersonic and Talk Tonight.

And he prompted a mixture of cheers and boos with several references to his beloved Manchester City's 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United on Sunday.

"It actually happened," he reminded the crowd.

He also scotched rumours that he would be performing at the Stone Roses' reunion concerts in the city next year, before leaving the stage to the strains of the Manchester City anthem Blue Moon.

Gallagher's debut solo album is currently number one in the UK chart.

It sold more than 120,000 copies in its first week - almost double the number sold by brother Liam's new band Beady Eye in March.

Noel's solo project has been named Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds. But he has said the High Flying Birds "don't exist" and that he invented a band name so he "wouldn't freak out" if he just went by his name alone.

The tour now moves on to Edinburgh and London before visiting North America, Europe and Japan. He will return to the UK to play arena dates next February and March.

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