5GB With Tim Smith Of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds; Playing The Tabernacle, Friday April 6th

By Eileen Tilson

For a self-declared Anglophile, I was semi-shocked that I was not aware that one of Atlanta’s own played with Noel Gallagher’s (of Oasis) new act, High Flying Birds. Tim Smith has had quite the rockstar history, playing with The Producers and Jellyfish before jumping on with Sheryl Crow. Smith actually continued to play with Sheryl until lsat year when he got a phone call from a friend to come play on Noel’s new record. The recording obviously went great cause Gallagher asked Tim to join him on the road. Coming off of a massive world tour, Tim Smith joined us for our 5GB series before their Atlanta show next Friday at The Tabernacle.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I saw KISS when I was around ten. It was the Love Gun Tour, and my parents took me. Going to see KISS at that time was like going to see a Superman movie.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

The most memorable gig I have ever played was back in 1999 when I played with Sheryl Crow Live in Central Park. She had all of these amazing musicians come out on stage and join her, so at any point during the night I would look over and I was be jamming out with Eric Clapton or Keith Richards. Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde came out and sang, and the park was just packed. It was pretty incredible.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

I remember seeing Supergrass back in the old Cotton Club days and that pretty much blew my mind. Hmm, some other really great ones though were Midnight Oil at Center Stage, and seeing David Bowie play at the Omni back in 1995.

Gig you would most like to play?

I’m pretty fortunate to have played a lot of amazing gigs, so right now for me it is more about the countries. I would love to play Russia & China. Also, playing Rocking Rio in Brazil would be pretty spectacular. We are playing Coachella this year with High Flying Birds, and I am really looking forward to that.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

Hmm, I think I would rather put together a band with Keith Moon on drums, Colin Moulding on bass, and John Lennon singing. We would play somewhere small like the Beacon Theater in NYC. And we would be playing with David Bowie and his Spiders From Mars act.

Catch Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds next Friday April 6th at The Tabernacle


  1. Eileen –

    (What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?)

    You meant to ask: What’s the best gig that you’ve ever played/performed?

    (What is the best gig you have ever been to?)

    You meant to ask: What’s the best gig you’ve ever attended?

    Please re-take some high school writing courses and learn the “don’t end a sentence with a preposition” rule. It’s not hard to follow.

    And don’t declare yourself an expert in “something” (For a self-declared Anglophile), and then declare you’re ignorant to that particular “something” (I was semi-shocked that I was not aware) that was common knowledge if you were actually an expert in that “something.”

    Basically, learn how to write.

  2. Hey there, thanks for the suggestions, they will be implemented!

  3. What a good name!

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