Oasis' Noel Gallagher was a surprise guest at Black Crowes' London gig last night (April 9), in a potential preview of the two groups' upcoming co-headlining tour of North America. Gallagher appeared

Oasis' Noel Gallagher was a surprise guest at Black Crowes' London gig last night (April 9), in a potential preview of the two groups' upcoming co-headlining tour of North America. Gallagher appeared toward the end of the Crowes' showcase set to play lead guitar on a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well."

The event took place at the Scala, a former cinema in King's Cross, North London, where some 700 contest winners and media representatives packed the room for a rare chance to see the Crowes in a small venue. The band's sixth studio album "Lions," their first for V2, is due for U.K. release on May 7, and a day later in the U.S., after which the Tour of Brotherly Love with Oasis starts on May 11 in Las Vegas.

Much in the vein of a similar gig in New York in February, the Crowes took the stage at 11.30 p.m., after a promo film was played featuring clips from previous live shows and U.S. television appearances. The video also announced that the band has sold 17 million records worldwide and played 3,300 gigs.

This one, however, had the aura of an album promotion event rather than a regular rowdy and elongated Crowes gig, as the band concentrated on new songs from "Lions," opening with a triple-header of "Midnight From the Inside Out," "Lickin'," and "Greasy Grass River." Later, new album tracks "Cosmic Friend" and "Soul Singin'" received their live debuts. Older fare, such as "Wiser Time" and show closer "Virtue and Vice" was also played.

In other Crowes news, additional details have come to light about the group's live show promotion, exclusively revealed by Billboard.com last month. Each performance from the Crowes' summer tour will be streamed on a secure Web site, accessible only using a password encoded on CD copies of "Lions." One live track will be available for download each week, and fans will also be allowed to burn to CD one concert in its entirety before the tour ends in August.

Meanwhile, the Crowes have been confirmed as special guests of V2 labelmates Stereophonics at their Day At The Races shows at England's Donnington Park on July 14 and Chepstow Racecourse on July 21, with other U.K. dates to be announced.

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