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    Thursday, June 30, 2005


      New Oasis ‘Funeral’ Video Debuts Tomorrow

    Oasis will be premiering the funeral-themed video for their new single ‘The Importance Of Being Idle' on Channel 4 tomorrow night. The clip is set in 60s London and features Welsh actor and friend of the band Rhys Ifans.


    The next single from Britrock survivors Oasis will be 'The Importance of Being Idle’ and will be hitting shops on August 22. However, you can check out the band’s new video when it receives it’s world premiere on Channel 4 at 7.55pm tomorrow (July 1).

    The clip features Welsh star of the stage and screen Rhys Ifans, playing a funeral director high kicking his way through a New Orleans style funeral procession as bemused onlookers watch the procession. Apparently, Ifans demonstrated an unnerving talent for the dance routines…

    The single will be released across three formats: 3 track CD, DVD single and 7” single. Alongside the A-side, new tracks ‘Pass Me Down The Wine’, ‘The Quiet Ones’, ‘The Importance Of Being Idle (Demo Version)’ and a documentary on the making of the video are all featured across the various formats.

    Oasis have just embarked on the first leg of a huge American tour, taking in New York’s Madison Square Gardens, The Hollywood Bowl, Denver Red Rocks and the 19,000 capacity Boston Tweeter Centre – their biggest US show to date.

    They’ll then return to the UK late June to play nine huge shows kicking off at Glasgow’s Hampden Park and taking in three nights at the City of Manchester Stadium and two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl. The band will then play Japan’s Summer Sonic festival before coming home to headline V2005.


    Oasis have also confirmed the full supporting bills for their summer stadium dates in the UK.

    Glasgow, Hampden Park (June 29)
    Oasis, Super Furry Animals, The Futureheads, The Stands, The Redwalls


    Manchester, City Of Manchester Stadium (30)
    Oasis, Super Furry Animals, The Stands


    Manchester, City Of Manchester Stadium (July 2)
    Oasis, The Coral, The Bees, 22:20's, The Redwalls


    Manchester, City Of Manchester Stadium (3)
    Oasis, Doves, The Bees, The Subways, The Redwalls


    Southampton, The Rose Bowl (6)
    Oasis, The Coral, Babyshambles, The Stands, The Redwalls


    Milton Keynes, The National Bowl (9)
    Oasis, Babyshambles, Secret Machines, 22:20's, The Redwalls


    Milton Keynes, The National Bowl (10)
    Oasis, The Coral, 22:20's, Secret Machines, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives


    The first band on the bill each night is expected to go onstage at approximately 4.00pm, with the exception of the show in Manchester on Thursday, 30 June when no band will be on before 5.15pm.


    source: xfm online



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      Oasis kick off UK stadium tour !

    OASIS kicked off their latest UK stadium tour last night (June 29) at HAMPDEN PARK in GLASGOW, playing a set of old and new material which was almost identical to their UK club tour of last month.

    Amidst the typically simplistic set (some large video screens showing the band and pre-recorded video inserts), singer Liam Gallagher looked suave in pinstripe jacket and floppy fedora, while brother Noel was dressed-down in a leather jacket and T-shirt.

    Liam also appeared to be in a joking mood, asking before 'Songbird': "Is anybody here into Anthrax? Well, fuck off then" and dedicating 'Wonderwall' "To all the ladies - but not you, you're only 12."

    Among the 18 songs played, eight were from the band's first two classic albums 'Definitely Maybe' and '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' and seven - including next single 'The Importance Of Being Idle', which Noel described as "the last great song we wrote" - were from the latest studio album 'Don't Believe The Truth'.

    Support came from Super Furry Animals, Futureheads, The Stands and The Redwalls.

    The setlist was:

    * 'Fuckin' In The Bushes' (Intro)
    * 'Turn Up The Sun'
    * 'Lyla'
    * 'Bring It On Down'
    * 'Morning Glory'
    * 'Cigarettes And Alcohol'
    * 'Little By Little'
    * 'The Importance Of Being Idle'
    * 'Love Like A Bomb'
    * 'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel'
    * 'The Meaning Of Soul'
    * 'Live Forever'
    * 'Mucky Fingers'
    * 'Champagne Supernova'
    * 'Rock 'N' Roll Star'

    * 'Songbird'
    * 'Wonderwall'
    * 'Don't Look Back In Anger'
    * 'My Generation'


    source: nme.com



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    Wednesday, June 29, 2005


      New Video details


    Band play it for laughs with black humour in new video
    WHAT'S the story, mourning glory?

    Oasis have teamed up with Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans for the video to their new single The Importance Of Being Idle.

    And it seems to have been quite an undertaking.

    As our exclusive pictures show, the band enjoyed the black humour of it all - right down to the scenes of playing cards on a coffin, Noel Gallgher fussing with a black tie and his brother Liam being a real rock 'n' roll undertaker.

    The song is released on August 22 and is the second single taken from their No1 album Don't Believe The Truth.

    Set in Sixties London, Ifans high kicks his way through a New Orleans-style funeral procession.

    Noel, who'll bring his band to Hampden tomorrow and sings on the track, said: 'The song came really, really, really quickly.'"

    Source :daily Record



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    Tuesday, June 28, 2005


      Liam, they're fake


    THIS IS SPINAL TAP star HARRY SHEARER is horrified by NOEL GALLAGHER's recent confession his younger brother LIAM thought the 1980s spoof rockers were a real band.

    Last week OASIS songwriter Noel said his sibling had stormed out of a performance by the stars of Spinal Tap after discovering they were a fake group.

    Noel smirked, "He thought they were real people. We went to see them in Carnegie Hall (New York). He'd seen the film and loved it and thought they were a real band."

    Shearer, who played dopey bassist DEREK SMALLS in the cult classic, laughs, "I can't believe that.

    "I've met musicians who say they can't watch the film because it's too close to the real thing, but no one actually thought they were real."

    source: contactmusic



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    Monday, June 27, 2005


      New Single and Video details emerge

    The Importance of Being Idle’ is the second single taken from Oasis’ No. 1 album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ and is the follow up to the bands recent No. 1 single ‘Lyla’. Written and sung by Noel Gallagher, the single is released on Big Brother Recordings on August 22nd on CD, DVD and 7”. Across the formats the single will feature two brand new tracks – a Liam song, ‘Pass Me Down The Wine’ (produced and mixed by Dave Sardy) and the Gem penned, ‘The Quiet Ones’ (produced and mixed by the band). The DVD single will feature the video, the ‘making of’ documentary, as well as album and demo versions of the single.

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. (Albert Einstein)

    The video for “The Importance of Being Idle” will receive it’s world premiere on Channel 4 (UK ) at 7.55pm on Friday 1st July. Featuring Welsh stage genius, Rhys Ifans, fresh from an award winning performance as Peter Cook in “Not Only, But Also”, the film sees Ifans as a Billy Liar character in a 60’s London setting reminiscent of such classics of British cinema as “Up The Junction” and “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning”. Ifans plays a funeral director high kicking his way through a New Orleans style funeral procession as bemused onlookers watch the procession and demonstrates an unnerving talent for dance routines.

    3 track CD The Importance Of Being Idle ~ Pass Me Down The Wine ~ The Quiet Ones

    DVD single The Importance Of Being Idle (album version and demo version)
    The Importance Of Being Idle (video featuring Rhys Ifans)
    Documentary on the making of the video


    source: oasisinet



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      Follow that you dick ....

    LIAM GALLAGHER wants to do LIVE 8 just to annoy ROBBIE WILLIAMS .

    Oasis are unable to play the charity event Live8 on July 2, but their singer says he’s dreamed off doing it just to humiliate his old rival.

    “I'd love to. Y'know why I'd love to do that gig?” he told Canada's Chart Magazine. "First of all, it's fucking awareness and all that stuff. I just love to go on and do four fucking songs and really fucking rip it up. Come in and fucking bang it with fucking four of your classics.

    ”And then walk off, and fucking flick Robbie Williams in the eye and say: ‘Follow that you dick!’"

    However there will be no fisticuffs as Oasis will be playing the City Of Manchester Stadium on the same day as part of their current UK tour.

    source: nme.com



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    Sunday, June 26, 2005


      Gallagher and Bile

    Older? Wiser? More mature? Meet Oasis in their middle youth, back on form with a cracking new album and playing stadium Scotland for the first time in three years. Craig McLean talks to Noel Gallagher about growing up, growing old and wishing Liam would keep his gob shut

    FOR many months over the last year, there was a communication breakdown between Liam and Noel Gallagher. Nothing as dramatic as the time in Spain when Noel headbutted Liam for talking disparagingly about Noel’s family, then walked out on Oasis mid-tour… Or the time in Holland when Noel had refused to get on a ferry; the leaderless band promptly got arrested at sea (something about raiding the bar, or passing dodgy money)… Then there was the occasion Liam got as far as Heathrow before deciding that, rather than go on an American tour, he’d rather look for a house for him and (then-wife) Patsy Kensit… Or how about when Liam forced the last-minute cancellation a German gig because he was in a Munich jail, leaving Noel to face an arena full of expectant middle Europeans…
    We could go on. They are the Grapplin’ Gallagher Brothers and tales of their spats are legion. In the Oasis pantomime scheme of things, the latest confusion is tiny. But, in its way, it’s the biggest one they’ve ever had.

    Liam Gallagher has written a song for Oasis’s new album, Don’t Believe The Truth. Actually, he’s written three and they’re all good – a remarkable development in itself, given Noel’s hitherto iron grip on Oasis’s creative engine, and considering Liam’s long-standing and convincing impression of being, well, a total numpty. But this song is the best of the three. For a long time – through the marathon, year-plus recording sessions for Oasis’s sixth album – Noel thought Liam’s song was called Guess God Thinks I’m Able.

    Then a couple of months ago, Noel heard Liam tell a foreign journalist that his song was about the Biblical parable of ill-starred brothers Cain and Abel.

    “Eh?” said Noel, his face screwing into a familiar mask of bewildered incomprehension. “Yeah,” said Liam, leaning over to his elder brother and muttering that it was actually called Guess God Thinks I’m Abel.

    Noel to Liam [bushy eyebrow a-waggling]: “Doesn’t Cain kill Abel in the end?”

    Liam to Noel [grunting]: “Yeah.”

    Noel to Liam [getting more confused]: “Isn’t the first line of your song, “I could be your lover…”’

    Liam to Noel [blithely unconcerned]: “Yeah.”

    Noel to me: “Now, if that’s not banned in this country, it’s certainly frowned upon. Brother-on-brother sex: it’s not right is it? So I’m kinda looking at Liam a bit differently lately. Strange kid…”

    There are many interesting things about the new-model Oasis. Paramount among these is the fact that, 10 years after their last brilliant album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and after a dispiriting run of three duff ones (Be Here Now, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, Heathen Chemistry), they’ve got their mojo back.

    Don’t Believe The Truth is a great Oasis album: a tuneful, energetic, let’s-all-sing argy-bargy. Also of note is the fact that Noel has only written five of the 11 songs. Such is this new esprit de corps that Oasis’s bass player Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer – alumni of middling bands that were junior labelmates of Oasis at Creation Records – have also weighed in with songs, and decent ones at that.

    Is Oasis more of a democracy now? Or is it a benign dictatorship?

    “It is a democracy to the point where everybody contributes to everything,” says Noel Gallagher, “but I get the final say on everything. And it’s a democracy till it comes to things like this and I get lumbered with all the interviews. I suppose I do most of the legwork. But all the artistic ideas, everybody’s free to do whatever they want. Which actually was always the case, even in the early days. But nobody ever bothered. Liam couldn’t be fecking arsed. Bonehead [Paul Arthurs, ousted original guitarist] couldn’t be bothered. With Guigs [Paul McGuigan, expelled original bass player], you’d rarely get a sentence out of him let alone a fecking chord progression. But now,” Noel declares, gazing ruminatively at the burning end of his Marlboro Light, “it’s great. I’m loving it.”


    NOEL Gallagher, 37, is sitting in the control room of Wheeler End Studios in rural Buckinghamshire, Oasis’s base camp these past seven years. Always a good interview – the raging self-belief, the prime anecdotage, the full-force honesty, the excellent cursing – he’s particularly entertaining company this sunny evening.

    He points to the mixing desk he had installed. Paul Weller fell into it one time. The Modfather, one of Noel’s best mates and a key confidante, had been telling Oasis they should liven up their infamously staid – well, static – onstage personas.

    “We can’t jump about like a lunatic like you,” Noel told him. Oasis asked Weller for a demonstration. “He started having a bit of a boogie, fell over and cracked two of his ribs on the mixing desk! Feckin’ funny, man,” laughs Noel. This leads to a story about the occasion at Supernova Heights – Noel’s house in posh north London, where he and former wife Meg Matthews hosted many a hedonistic party – when Friday night turned into Sunday afternoon. Primal Scream were there, and Weller. As they sat in Noel’s garden on the third day of their bender, Weller suddenly upped and disappeared up the end of the garden. As steam rose from behind a tree, Weller re-emerged, zipping himself up. Noel, for once, was speechless. “What?” asked Weller rhetorically, “haven’t all northerners got outside toilets?”

    And, when you’ve lived the ten years in the rock’n’roll stratosphere, this has to lead to another, more colourful story. Seems that Noel and Liam recently bumped into Ray Winstone at the American Embassy in London as they queued to renew their work visas.

    The actor grinned a hearty greeting to Noel, saying he hadn’t seen him since “that night we had a right tear up back at your house”.

    “Yeah…” said Noel, non-committally.

    “Weller, Robbie Carlyle, feckin’ pissed up,” a chuckling Winstone reminisced. “Wossisname fell down the stairs, broke his collarbone, we had to call an ambulance.”

    Not that he let on to Winstone (who will always be The Daddy), but Noel couldn’t remember any of this. Of his high-times hoovering up cocaine and Cool Britannia-era celebrity fun, Noel acknowledges that “it was all great for two or three years, to be the centre of the universe. But it got to be a bit boring.” All the druggy daybreak chats about conspiracies and the secrets of life became tedious. Or, as he puts it, “I got sick of having the David Icke conversation about the lizards, the flying saucers and the pyramids with complete strangers. But, you know,” he concludes with a je-ne-regrette-rien shrug. “Such is life.”

    Say hello to Oasis in their intriguing middle-youth. Yes, they’re cleaner: Noel says he hasn’t done cocaine since he had a drug-induced anxiety attack in 1998 (immortalised on the Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants song Gas Panic!). Supernova Heights is long sold, traded for a Buckinghamshire retreat, an Ibizan seaside home, and the small mews house in central London where he lives with his Scottish girlfriend, PR exec Sara MacDonald.

    But everyone wises up, cleans up, settles down, eventually – even Liam, 32, is (relatively speaking) straighter these days, a doting dad. But not everyone can turn round a career that, having shot into the stratosphere trailing sparks and noise and excitement, was in danger of plummeting to earth, a damp squib.

    Exactly one year ago, it looked like it was all over for Oasis. Work on their latest album, the final one due on their record company contract, was not going well. At the suggestion of Liam Gallagher they had been recording with producers Death In Vegas, the dark techno-goth duo for whom the younger Gallagher had once been guest singer. It was a bold move for a band not known for their sonic adventurism. It didn’t work, although not for the obvious reason. Simply, the songs Oasis had written were crap. Three weeks into the sessions in Cornwall, Noel Gallagher had to go for a drink with DIV’s Richard Fearless and tell him that they weren’t going to take the sessions any further.

    “That was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do,” says Gallagher now, still wincing at the memory. “It’s really easy to into a room and tell someone, “you’re a c**t, you’re f**king doing a shit job, get out.”’ (Well, it is if you’re Noel Gallagher.)

    They had already had a go at making the album themselves at Wheeler End. But having produced the two previous albums, Noel didn’t want the grief again. After splitting from Death In Vegas, they fiddled some more in Cornwall. Again, no joy. It was a long way – and many record sales, mega-gigs, fights, drugs, marriages and bust-ups – from the ten days it took them to record (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?.

    By the time last summer rolled round, Oasis had been away for a while. Their headline appearance at Glastonbury 04 was the start of the comeback. Musically they may have been wanting of late, but cometh the hour, cometh the band – Oasis were made for big, madferrit events like Glasto. And it was a disaster.

    When Liam monkey-swaggered on stage, arms tucked behind his back, bent into his microphone and said – by way of a hissing, sneering introduction – “Glaston-berrrrrry”, it sounded like he was wishing a tropical disease on 120,000 festival-goers. The set was lead-footed. The sound was awful. The two new songs, A Bell Will Ring and The Meaning Of Soul, were half-arsed. The only bright spot of the whole evening was Liam’s knee-length, blinding white parka. At least that was entertaining, insofar as you could laugh at it.

    It’s hard to cast a shadow over the world’s greatest, feelgood festival, but Oasis managed it. So, Noel Gallagher – Glastonbury last year: what went wrong?

    “I don’t know,” he sighs. “Glastonbury’s weird. The crowd are so far away. By the time you’re going on stage, you’ve been there all day and everybody but everybody is f**king c**ted off their heads. Apart from you lot. So you’re all sat there, looking at your missus and everybody else, absolutely twatted. And you’re kinda getting a bit more edgy…”

    Noel gives a “buggered-if-I-know” shrug. “I wasn’t at the gig. I just done it. You’d have to tell me why it was shit.”

    After Glastonbury, Oasis had a major rethink. This defiantly – some might say pig-headedly – British band went to America to work with an American producer and had a third crack at making the album. This was a bit like Bernard Manning playing Las Vegas. As Noel puts it, Oasis flying into America to save their professional lives “was like the scene in Star Wars where Luke Skywalker is going into the Death Star in his little spaceship.” But it worked.

    Don’t Believe The Truth is an emphatic return to clanging-rock form, generating positive reviews and great sales. Their imminent tour of UK stadiums sold out in days. Even in America, where over the years Oasis have worked hard to piss off an entire continent, Don’t Believe The Truth thumped into the upper reaches of the album charts.

    Oasis are in the US this week, playing famous (and sold-out) venues like Madison Square Gardens and the Hollywood Bowl. Before they flew out, new, sober-minded Noel Gallagher wasn’t counting his chickens. He knew there could be trouble ahead. On their last American tour, Noel was in a car crash in Indianapolis. “I remember being strapped to a stretcher and some ambulance driver standing me up in it, in my neckbrace, trying to get a picture! I’m going [faint whisper] ‘no!’”

    Then they had to cancel some West Coast shows after Liam was arrested and (briefly) incarcerated in Munich, after a mental-sounding bar-room brawl that was heavily reported in the German and British press. Liam lost his two front teeth in the fight.

    “Things like Madison Square Garden have a habit of turning into a disaster for us. So let’s not celebrate till we’re in the dressing rooms after. I’m well up for the gigs, but I just know that somewhere down the line there’s gonna be the equivalent of the car crash or the teeth-kicking. I mean, Liam lives his life on the edge, man, and I’ve got no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the equivalent will happen on this tour.”

    How does he look with his new front teeth?

    “Oh, gorgeous! I can’t tell the difference. I tell you what, I’d have given anything to be there that night.” Noel slaps his thigh at the thought. “Him swinging an ashtray like an axe? Kung fu kicks to the chest? Erm, it doesn’t sound like him to be honest. He’d probably have been pissed as an asshole in the corner, getting his head filled in.”

    The only people Noel feels sorry for are the fans. In Germany he remembers walking through a crowd of 5000 kids “all dressed in their Liam outfits. Then someone makes an announcement and they have to leave. Kids are asking me, ‘What’s going on?’ and I have to lie to them and say I don’t know.

    “It’s just really difficult being at the sharp end of that sometimes. Some of these kids are 18. People had travelled from Hungary into Germany for that gig. I met a girl and two guys who had driven for three days from somewhere where there was a war going on! I just think it’s really inconsiderate man, d’you know what I mean?”

    Does Liam ever process the consequences of his actions, or regret anything?

    ‘No,” says Noel bluntly. “No. No. No. Not in the slightest. Never apologise to anyone. Never apologise to the kids. I don’t really need an apology off him – the fact that he got his teeth kicked in is enough for me.”

    He might be writing better songs, and Oasis may be benefiting as a result. But Liam is still Liam, the greatest unknown quantity on the modern stage. Twin that rock’n’roll abandon with the suss and creativity of Noel Gallagher, and you have one of the most potent musical forces we have. Put the Gallaghers and their trusty lieutenants on a stage together and, no matter how big the arena, stadium or field, there’s magic in the air. When they put their minds to it, Oasis still rock.

    Would Noel say his relationship with Liam was now good?

    “Well, to me he seems to have matured. And I’ve got a lot more respect for him – he doesn’t contribute in terms of working man hours. But gone are the days of their being any more fillers on the albums, “cause the three songs that he gives are the best songs. His three best songs are better than my three fillers. And Andy’s two best songs are better than…”

    Noel Gallagher stops, as if that might be praise too far. But yes, creatively, within themselves, Oasis are motoring along quite nicely. “So I can forgive Liam freak-outs about music; I can rise above those arguments. I didn’t really respect Liam before. He was just some buffoon who sings my songs.”

    Is he jealous of you?

    “You’d have to ask him.”

    Are you jealous of him?

    Noel Gallagher gives an uncharacteristic pause and thinks. “Jealous of his hairdo,” he decides. “Liam’s always had good hair.”

    source: Sunday Herald



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      Mary Kate Olsen Get's a Taste of Oasis

    JUST HANGING OUT ?

    DID Mary-Kate Olsen have a little too much fun partying with Brit poppers Oasis after their Garden gig the other night? "When she came out of Oasis' dressing room, she almost crashed into me," our spy reports. "Her big bodyguard had her by the arms ... She was in rough shape." The bite-sized billionaire, clad in a KISS shirt, denim skirt and cowboy boots, was half-carried into the service elevator and off to the VIP bathroom. "Whatever the implication is, it's ridiculous," Olsen's rep assures us. "She was just hanging out with the band. Nothing went on whatsoever."

    source: page 6 NY Post



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    Saturday, June 25, 2005


      Oasis charm Boston's Tweeter Center

    There was something mildly comic about Oasis closing its set at the Tweeter Center last night with the Who's ``My Generation.''

    The Manchester-spawned quintet - aided by a touring keyboardist - did a bang-up job with the sneering classic, bringing their solid 90-minute set to an end with a righteous racket. And, deservedly, the sold-out crowd ate it up. But the fact that there were few in the crowd actually alive or cognizant at the time of the 1965 original evoked a certain irony for a band famous for its recycling skills.

    Indeed, the generationally split congregation of Britpop devotees was almost as interesting as the band itself, who were their typically stoic selves.

    Thousands of teenagersand tons of thirtysomethings who got on board back in 1994 sang with gusto side by side. The kids seemed to favor newer stuff like stomping current single ``Lyla,'' while the older folks went nuts for mid-90s classics like ``Morning Glory.'' The divide became most apparent during the lighters vs. cellphones showdown during ``Champagne Supernova.''

    There was time to contemplate such things since, as usual, there was very little happening onstage. While they made a beautiful, hard-edged pop rock noise with their instruments each member of the band stood or sat, in the case of phenomenal drummer Zak Starkeymore, or less. But who needs stage antics when you've got the blissful melodies of singer-songwriter-lead guitarist Noel Gallagher?

    Nicked or no, the soaring anthem ``Dont Look Back in Anger,'' the hypnotic ``Wonderwall,'' the tremulous boogie ``Bring it On Down'' and the delightfully Kinks-ian ``The Importance of Being Idle'' are manna from pure dirty pop heaven.

    Gallagher further proved his mettle with several great lead vocals and a plethora of short, sweet and tangy solos, providing electric sparks on rocking rant ``Mucky Fingers'' and the tart ``Little By Little'' among others. Brother Liam, taking his traditional if now tedious statuesque stance, is still indispensable thanks to his bratty yet mesmerizing whine.

    There were a few duds, like churning placeholders ``Love Like a Bomb'' and ``The Meaning of Soul,'' but the lads did themselves and their promising new album proud.

    Continuing the theme of bored-looking rock bands as living tributes to older rock bands, Australian quartet Jet did its irresistible Who-AC/DC thing for a taut 40 minutes. A sizable chunk of the audience arrived early enough to shimmy with abandon to hits like ``Cold Hard Bitch'' and sing along to the plaintive, clean-lined piano ballad ``Look What You've Done.''

    While guitarist Cameron Muncey couldn't have looked more uninterested in performing, like Oasis the songs had a kinetic energy of their ownand lead vocalist Nic Cester riled up the crowd with his feral screams.

    Rounding out the atmosphere were openers Nic Armstrong and the Thieves who at first glance would seem scruffy mods but who jangled and harmonized their way to a spot somewhere near Hamburg-era Beatles.

    It may all have been done before, but it was all done with charm and skill last night.

    source: Boston Herald



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    Thursday, June 23, 2005


      New York press reviews

    NY TIMES

    Madison Square Garden," said Liam Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis, when the band arrived onstage Wednesday night. Except that when he said it, there were eight syllables instead of six: two extra had slipped in, before Garden and after Square. In other words, he was happy to be there, insofar as Mr. Gallagher gets happy.



    Rahav Segev for The New York Times
    Oasis with Liam Gallagher on vocals and Noel Gallagher on guitar performing at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.


    Oasis emerged 11 years ago with a simple, sturdy formula: the members seemed like nothing more or less than ambitious louts, especially the bandleaders, Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel, a guitarist and songwriter. And yet these seemingly insensitive souls specialized in big, starry-eyed rock 'n' roll ballads, with more than enough swagger to balance out the sentiment. On "Definitely Maybe" and "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?," released back to back in 1994 and 1995, Oasis established itself as Britain's biggest band, and while the group has never quite reclaimed that title, it hasn't gone away, either.

    Now, Oasis is enjoying something of a comeback, even on this side of the Atlantic, where the brothers have always seemed less like rowdy heroes and more like quaint imports. The new Oasis album, "Don't Believe the Truth" (Epic/Sony BMG), sold 65,000 copies in the United States its first week. And for Wednesday night's concert, the band filled Madison Square Garden with fans, most of whom didn't even seem to be British.

    After a pair of disappointing albums (maybe that Oasis formula is harder than it looks, even for a Gallagher), "Don't Believe the Truth" is a welcome surprise. It contains a fistful - though not, unfortunately, an albumfull - of convincing additions to the band's catalog. To prove it, the band began Wednesday's concert with three new songs, including the album's first single, "Lyla." That song has a familiar-sounding verse (perhaps one day, Noel Gallagher will have to convince a judge that he's honestly never heard "Street Fighting Man," by the Rolling Stones) and a huge, off-kilter chorus, which the crowd helped Liam Gallagher sing.

    As even his brother must grudgingly admit, Liam Gallagher has a terrific voice, a frayed sneer that mimics the frequencies of a distorted guitar. By contrast, Noel Gallagher often delivers his lines while ascending into or descending from falsetto. During the songs that Noel Gallagher sang, like the album's rather bland second single, "The Importance of Being Idle," Liam Gallagher made himself scarce, and he didn't return until the coast was clear.

    Onstage, the band members stayed stubbornly still, and the pose sometimes grew dull. But despite the popularity of the new album, many fans had clearly paid for the privilege of singing along to the big old hits like "Wonderwall," which began with an introduction from Liam Gallagher. "We're going to do - " he said, and then he was interrupted by some noise from his brother's guitar. "I'll shut up," he mumbled, although a few extra syllables found their way into that phrase, too.

    "Wonderwall" puts Liam Gallagher's sneer to excellent use: when he declares, "I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now," you can't tell, at first, whether that means that no one cares more or no one cares less. And you can't tell, either, which would be worse. "Wonderwall" is a perfect cry-in-your-beer ballad, only without all the crying.

    Oasis is a band that finds ways to sing love songs without re-enacting them. When Liam Gallagher asks listeners to "love one another," part of the fun is hearing the lyrics tug against the persona. And at Wednesday's concert, part of the fun was watching Liam and Noel Gallagher avoid physical contact and even eye contact. Theirs is, not coincidentally, a very Oasis sort of love: a love unrequited, unexpressed and possibly even unfelt.


    ---


    DAILY NEWS

    Remember Oasis?
    Back around the time the Earth's crust was cooling, that brash British group ruled the UK charts. For a spell - the mid- to late '90s, to be exact - Oasis even threatened to turn America into its love slave as well.

    Somehow, it never happened over here. But you'd never know it from last night's crowd at Madison Square Garden.

    Despite a string of poor-selling - and worse-reviewed - albums in the U.S., Oasis managed to pack the giant arena. More improbably, it pulled out a show that, in many ways, lived up to its original hype and promise.

    Countering the densely layered slog of its recent recordings, the band sounded fleet and toned. Even some of the most dronish cuts from its brand new CD, "Don't Believe the Truth," swung. The uncommonly good sound at the Garden, and the brilliantly responsive crowd, didn't hurt.

    The concert setting also gave Oasis the chance to cherry-pick the best of its older songs. The too-T-Rex-for-words "Cigarettes & Alcohol" chugged merrily next to the uniquely rousing "What's the Story Morning Glory?" The latter also serves as the title track to the band's one unceasingly great CD.

    In the studio, a kind of rigor mortis has set into singer Liam Gallagher's sneer. But live, he put more nuance and conviction behind his attitude. It's his brother Noel who owns the more emotive voice. Noel's take on "Little by Little" showed what the group could do if it allowed more vulnerability to shine through.

    Then again, Oasis originally made it in the UK in large part on sheer blow-hard ego. Last night, the band showed how much fun you can have in the pursuit of the perfect swagger.

    It had ample competition on that score from its equally cocky opening act, Jet. This hit Australian group strutted through a Frankenstein monster's worth of classic-rock bits and pieces. Early Bowie, AC/DC, the Faces and Free informed every riff and shout Jet offered. Luckily, Jet showed enough melodic flair, charisma and instrumental chops to make rehashing seem like a virtue. It does retro right



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      Oasis own Madison Square Garden for a night

    "... It's been a long time man but we're finally here now Madison Square Fucking Garden !"..." is all Liam had to say and the roof at MSG was lifted as the band went into "Turn up the sun" . The packed Garden welcomed Oasis with a true ovation and one could sense that the band showed up to give their top US performance so far !

    Noel and Gem , showing off some trade mark Townshend 'windmills', were animated and looked a lot happier on stage then just a few nights before while Liam had the Garden's female fans wrapped around his finger from start to finish with his swagger and Rock n Roll star coolness. His vocals were also spot on for the whole show and rkid only gave a few gentle hand gestures directed at the stage sound mixer , it just seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves being at the World's most famous arena. Zak Starkey's drumming was energetic and precise. What a treat to watch his solos spread through out the show ! Andy Bell's thumping baselines during "My Generation" drove the crowd into a final frenzy before the Chief grabbed a fan's Vinyl copy of WTSMG and actually signed it before walking off stage !

    Tonight the Garden saw Brit Rock at it's finest, it was only deserving that Oasis was shown the best MSG had to offer in return ......


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    Tuesday, June 21, 2005


      Shockingly congenial

    Liam Gallagher's unruly reputation precedes him, GUY DIXON writes, but there's a hint of a new stance

    One of the band's handlers enters the hotel meeting room and asks if I've ever met Liam Gallagher before. His tone is wary. Then he mumbles something about the singer walking out on interviews.

    Gallagher's reputation precedes him, to say the least. Over the 12 years Oasis has been at it, Gallagher's public brawls with older brother Noel, troubled past marriage to actress Patsy Kensit and paparazzi-ready swagger have served as a kind of Coronation Street for the Mojo magazine crowd. Compulsory viewing.

    The stories are numerous. The singer has walked out on the band mid-performance (as recently as last week in Italy) and insulted audiences. He once flicked cigarette ashes in Mick Jagger's hair at a British awards show.

    And early in the band's career, Gallagher was kept in a holding cell on a ferry for being too unruly while travelling to a gig in Holland. He spent the trip standing up as a bucket of his urine sloshed at his feet.


    So how does this jibe with the sight of a serenely calm Liam Gallagher in the Toronto hotel? With his two sons and Ontario-born fiancée Nicole Appleton in tow and using the Toronto concert as an excuse to visit family, Gallagher looks like a hip, wealthy dad returning from vacation, smiling in cut-off khakis and updated, Yoko Ono-like wraparound sunglasses.

    He's stouter than expected, and at 32, with deepening wrinkles, he looks on the cusp of entering his aging, modish rock-star phase. Once finally sitting down for a brief interview, there's none of the aggressive blankness he's known for. He shocks with his congeniality, even while berating others.

    "I'd hate to be in U2 or Coldplay or these other drab bands, where the fans go, 'Oh, there's the record. I'll buy that.' I'm glad our fans expect more. It shows there's passion," he says, expletives removed.

    Oasis's sixth studio album, Don't Believe the Truth, is being praised by many as a return to form, even while the title carries on Oasis's penchant for meaningless phrases. And like the band's massive-selling debut, 1994's Definitely Maybe, recording Don't Believe the Truth was arduous. "The spark wasn't there, man," Gallagher says.

    The band had tried to record in the same studio as the first album, Sawmills, in Cornwall, with the electronica duo Death in Vegas producing. But it wasn't working. Meanwhile, drummer Alan White, Gallagher's old drinking pal who hadn't shown up for group meetings, had been asked to leave. Recording resumed in Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy (Hot Hot Heat, Marilyn Manson) and Zac Starkey (Ringo's son) on drums.

    The record's not going to reach Definitely Maybe-calibre sales, Gallagher says, struggling to contain himself in his chair. "But totally, 100-per-cent, everyone of us is right behind the record," he adds.

    "We take our influence from the greats, man. You don't get that from day one?" The inner swagger is revving. "Who are we going to get it from, Nick Drake or some idiots? We're the Who, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, the early Bee Gees. That's all you need."

    But then the criticism is that Oasis remains bent on classic-rock rehash. One theory for this self-limiting sound is that Noel, the main songwriter in the band, who penned such stadium anthems as Live Forever and Wonderwall, basically only had a few dozen songs in him, and that he now has had to cede more of the song-writing to his brother and newer band members Andy Bell and Gem Archer because he has run dry and can't write the way he did in the mid-1990s.

    "It's definitely not dry," Liam Gallagher says, quashing that myth. "We've got more songs than we've had ever. The nineties were the nineties, and that is that. And people have got to get over that. We are in a different place. The passion's there, and there is nothing going dry. Noel can write five great songs, instead of a load of . . . others."

    Bell, the band's bassist, sitting in on the interview, adds with a much softer voice, "With the bunch of songs that we've written for this album and demoed, we could have easily gotten a Noel album out of it, or a great Liam album out of it."

    Noel stays clear of writing songs he feels are too predictable, Liam insists. "And I admire him for that, instead of putting out what people expect him to put out."

    "Admire?" It is the most surprising comment in the interview.

    At one point Gallagher gives the finger to an imaginary Noel, for remarks the brother apparently made that the singer only wants to tour for the media attention. "For the record, I couldn't give a . . . whether I'm in the papers or not. He's the man that's out, him and his bird."

    But then on the subject of brotherly rivalry, the singer adds: "There's no problem, man. There never has been really. People say, 'It's because you don't hang out together.' But why would you want to hang out with your brother? I see enough of [him] on stage."

    Indeed, while performing in Toronto, both barely notice the other's presence, only taking musical cues. Swaggering with more of a barrel chest now, Liam rises from his crouched singing position and stands around, idly spinning the cymbals of his tambourine. He also still likes to show off his skill of balancing the cresent-shaped tambourine on his head.

    Between songs, he bends down and turns large cheat sheets of song lyrics resting on his stage monitors. There's a line in an older Oasis song about Gallagher forgetting the words. But with his voice in top form, his physically demanding stance on stage, his head bobbing up and down for breath like someone doing the breaststroke on Live Forever, and the sight of a roadie on the side pumping his fist in the air with each line Gallagher sings, the band's performance and their joyous songs become all the more gratifying.

    "We're on the ball, man. We go on stage five minutes before we're supposed to because we're into it! We're there before the producer, because we're into it," Gallagher says in the hotel.

    "The biggest shock when I joined the band was how on time they were," Bell adds.

    Gallagher then jumps out of the chair as he tells a story of how it drives him mad when people are late. This from a father who wakes up at 6 every morning back at home to get his kids off to school.

    "I'd have been on the scene before the nineties, man, if it weren't for me ma and dad, man." He's on a roll, time-travelling into classic rock history. "I'd have been in the sixties, seventies; I'd have been a glitter head, the lot, man, but for these . . . people assing around!"

    The energy is riling up, more emotion than coherence. It's the side that probably gives him his reputation, but which has also kept Oasis going for all these years.

    source: the globandmail.com



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    Monday, June 20, 2005


      Shows added in Australia tour

    Due to the phenomenal demand for tickets Oasis have added a second show at the Sydney Hordern Pavillion on Tuesday 29th November and a second night at the Melbourne Festival Hall on Friday 2nd December. Tickets are on sale now and available through the below links;

    Sydney tickets - premier.ticketek.com.au

    Melbourne tickets - ticketmaster.com.au


    source: oasisinet



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      Classic songs prove Oasis can live forever


    Concert Photos

    Even in the thick of Oasis mania, amid the mid-'90s barrage of smash songs and glass-shattering hype, you couldn't help but wonder what sort of future awaited the British band leaders.

    With their jumbo egos, taunting of rock peers and super-sized boasts ("If the Beatles were here now, they'd be Oasis," went a typical proclamation), it seemed inevitable that fate, and the fickle trends of pop, would someday deliver a smackdown.

    Saturday night was Detroit's chance to see just what a decade's worth of destiny has done with brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. At a sold-out Meadow Brook Music Festival, what we learned was reassuring: A band that once appeared bent on self-destruction has found a way to survive and thrive, settling into a healthy, respectable place on the rock scene and allowing its music to do all the talking.


    Good thing, too. As confirmed by Saturday's 95-minute performance, the older material has aged remarkably well, and it didn't hurt that it was given deserved respect by the Gallagher brothers, who were accompanied by four players including new drummer Zak Starkey. Songs like "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Rock 'N' Roll Star" and "Wonderwall" -- perhaps as close to a "Stairway to Heaven" the '90s generation ever got -- were performed straight but with passion, featuring especially inspired guitar work by Noel Gallagher.


    It was one in a series of considerate gestures to the crowd of 7,700, a high-spirited audience of 20- and 30-somethings who eagerly sang along. While Oasis' listless stage demeanor hasn't changed much -- Liam Gallagher, clad in all black and sunglasses, was reliably stock-still at the microphone -- it has a new vibe. Saturday night, it was a purposeful purposelessness, less of a cold shoulder than a good-natured nod to ritual. "Don't Look Back in Anger," one of the most perfectly constructed pop songs of the past two decades, highlighted a four-song encore that stood out if only because Oasis once brazenly spurned that concert tradition.


    The band was particularly engaged with material from the recently released "Don't Believe the Truth," which provided seven of the show's 18 songs and comprised the entire opening stretch. The new music held its own in a well-paced set that picked up energy and emotional steam as it moved along, with the tense urgency of "Mucky Fingers" and the anthem-like "Lyla" atop the list.


    Oasis has unquestionably matured -- Noel Gallagher was 21 when he wrote the soaring "Live Forever." But at Meadow Brook on Saturday night, the unabashed optimism of that song and many others remained intact. When it comes down to it, that's the trait in the band's arsenal that has allowed it to triumph over the bluster of its early days. The band's closing cover of "My Generation" was apt: Like its heroes the Who, it's clear that Oasis has found a way to hold on to youthful hope even as it grows up.

    Oasis
    With Jet and Nic Armstrong & the Thieves
    Saturday, June 18, 2005

    Meadow Brook Music Festival

    THREE STARS
    out of four stars

    BY BRIAN McCOLLUM
    Source: Detroit Free Press



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      Noel slamms hip hop stars

    Outspoken British rocker NOEL GALLAGHER has slammed rap stars EMINEM and 50 CENT for encouraging dangerously high levels of violence in British youths.

    The OASIS guitarist hates hip-hop music because of the negative message it gives to fans, and he is convinced the IN DA CLUB rapper and his mentor contribute to society's growing problems.

    The SUPERSONIC star says, "I despise hip-hop. Loathe it. Eminem is an idiot and I find 50 Cent the most distasteful character I have ever crossed in my life. It's so negative.

    "I'm not saying they are directly responsible, but that's how you end up with these gangs of youths stabbing people. Kids are so thick these days. They're easily influenced."


    source: contactmusic.com



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    Saturday, June 18, 2005


      David Walliams interviews Noel


    Noel Gallagher, we had heard, was a fan of Little Britain, David Walliams and Matt Lucas's award-winning comedy show. So when we were trying to think of someone novel to interview Noel ahead of of Oasis's UK summer stadium tour, Walliams's name cropped up. It turned out that they had met socially a couple of times, but only very briefly - although the comedian had once suffered a nervous encounter with Noel's brother in the toilets at an awards show (as he describes below).For this meeting, they first convened for an exclusive OMM photoshoot with David Bailey, who has shot all the greats of British rock and comedy.

    As we were waiting for our subjects, Bailey recalled the previous time he photographed Oasis - for Rolling Stone magazine in late 1994. 'We were waiting for them to arrive and they had a strop and someone rang and said they're not coming. I said: "Fine, another Rolling Stone cover is not going to change my life." When they did turn up, they just argued all the time.'

    Bailey had never met Walliams before. 'So he's a comedian?' he asked. 'They're always the fucking worst. They're almost always miserable bastards. The only ones that I've ever photographed that I got on with were Morecambe and Wise.' As it happens, Walliams was charm personified, asking politely: 'Are we doing make-up?' 'Make-up?!' snorted Bailey, half-mocking, half-serious, as he grasped Walliams's arm. 'Don't be such a queen! Make-up!'

    He was similarly frank and touchy-feely with the Oasis guitarist when he arrived. 'Are you still arguing with your brother?' was his opening gambit, as if it was only the other day that he last saw the Gallaghers. 'God, he was a miserable so and so.'

    'He still is,' said Noel. 'I remember when we came here. You made us stand over there and said: "So you're supposed to be the new Beatles, are you? Well, you don't look much like the Beatles." And I was a bit like, 'Who is this guy?' And then you said: "So which one is supposed to be the genius?" and I said: "I am." And you said: "You don't look like a fucking genius."'

    In the event, the shoot passed with much laughter. Then Noel and David left in a big black car for the Coronet in south London, where Oasis were playing a warm-up gig that night. Their interview began in the car and continued in the dressing-room as the band prepared for the show. They talked about Bailey - 'You have to say it's an honour,' said Walliams - and the new Oasis album, Don't Believe the Truth; and laughed about Robbie Williams, Viagra, and much, much more...


    source: the Observer



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      Oasis triumphs in Toronto

    **** (out of 5)

    TORONTO - Oasis fans in Toronto got "Gallaghered" last night as the Manchester band kicked off their North American tour at the Molson Amphitheatre.

    The catch-phrase, coined by Oasis rhythm guitarist Gem to describe late nights out with lead guitarist Noel Gallagher or his younger brother and lead singer Liam Gallagher, seemed to perfectly sum up the group's party-hearty show which followed up a contest-winners only gig on Wednesday night at Kool Haus.

    Playing to a sold-out crowd of 16,000 -- who snapped up tickets in just one hour -- Oasis were enthusiastically greeted on the heels of their mighty musical comeback, Don't Believe The Truth, their two-week-old album of big-sounding, '60s-influenced rock.

    And the mutual admiration society -- Liam could repeatedly be seen clapping at the almost delirious response from the fans -- carried the 95-minute show briskly along to its conclusion with a cover of The Who's My Generation.

    The choice of song was appropriate given Zak Starkey, who's been touring on and off with The Who for the last few years, was the man behind the drum kit for Oasis both last night and on Truth.

    Suffice to say Starkey's impressive, muscular drumming, and just the mere presence of a Beatle offspring on stage (his dad is Ringo Starr), added some genuine excitement to the proceedings.


    While the Gallaghers innately possess loads of rock star cool, they aren't exactly demonstrative performers. Liam's idea of a stage move was to balance his crescent-shaped tambourine on his head, and Noel barely broke a sweat while delivering some sweet-sounding guitar solos.

    The only time Noel really broke his trademark stillness was towards the end of the show after one too many CDs had been thrown on stage.

    "Do you really think anyone's going to listen to them? Pick them up and you'll get a record deal? How f--king insane are you?" he said.

    Arriving on their stage -- decked out in Christmas-like lights and a red velvet backdrop -- to the sound of the instrumental, F--kin' In The Bushes, Oasis wasted no time getting to new material as they opened with the trio of Turn Up The Sun, Lyla and Love Like A Bomb.

    But it really wasn't until the group -- rounded out by bassist Andy Bell and a touring pianist/organist -- dipped back into their mid-'90s catalogue of Morning Glory, Cigarettes & Alcohol and Live Forever, that the major crowd singalongs began.

    A similar reception greeted later favourites Champagne Supernova, Rock 'N' Roll Star and Wonderwall.

    Thankfully too, there was none of this business about Liam leaving the stage early -- although he did several times throughout the show to let Noel take over on lead vocals on new songs The Importance Of Being Idle and Mucky Fingers and older tunes Little By Little and Don't Look Back In Anger.

    Earlier this week in Italy, Liam's voice gave out with just four songs to go in the evening so he walked off stage and didn't return.

    But last night Liam was in full-bodied, blustery voice and practically swallowed his microphone when he wasn't getting into staring contests with the audience or strangely wiping his hands on his pants.

    Of the new songs, A Bell Will Ring, The Meaning Of Soul, and Mucky Fingers were the true standouts, although it was a shame we didn't get to hear Guess God Thinks I'm Abel, Keep The Dream Alive and Let There Be Love, which are equally as strong on record.


    What they played:

    F--kin' In The Bushes
    Turn Up The Sun
    Lyla
    Love Like A Bomb
    Bring It On Down
    Morning Glory
    Cigarettes & Alcohol
    The Importance Of Being Idle
    Little By Little
    A Bell Will Ring
    Live Forever
    The Meaning Of Soul
    Mucky Fingers
    Champagne Supernova
    Rock 'N' Roll Star

    Encores:

    Songbird
    Wonderwall
    Don't Look Back In Anger
    My Generation

    source: Toronto Sun



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    Friday, June 17, 2005


      F*ckin ' A - ( A Noel interview )

    Yesterday was a lot of fun. Sadly, I didn’t have my tape recorder on for Liam Gallagher’s explanation as to whether they have Guinness at the top of the CN Tower. But for the Oasis fans (and yes, I know from the e-mails that at least a few of you stop by here), some choice bits from Noel that I couldn’t fit into my piece in today’s Post, with a warning that the language may not be quite as family-friendly as you’ve grown accustomed to in these parts…

    On positive reaction to the new album: “I’ve gotta say, it’s not been unexpected. Maybe in the past, we’ve been kind of waiting for bad reviews, and thinking ‘well, I can see what they mean by that.’ But this one, I was expecting them to be good.”

    On the band’s past and future: “It’s not essential to make plans for Oasis. We kind of had a plan in ’94 of what we were going to do until ’97. After that, it’s just…we do what we fucking want, man…We’re never going to go away now. It’s not like Razorlight could take two years off and come back with an album, ’cause people would’ve completely forgotten who the fuck they are.”


    On Coldplay: “I think Coldplay are at that point now where we were in ’97, where they’ve kind of transcended themselves …I don’t envy the position they’re in, because what happens is you know before you sit down to write a note that all these songs are going to be played in football stadiums…so you have to justify playing to 80,000 people. So all these songs become really overblown and grandiose. And I think that’s where Coldplay are at now. You listen to one song and you’re exhausted by the end of it. You listen to the first song on the album and you think ‘where the fuck is that going to go?”

    On Be Here Now: “I know the lack of effort I put into the lyrics on that record, and it could do with having a lot less guitar solos on it. But it’s a snapshot of the times … Be Here Now was kind of a sin, really, because we were trying to make something massive out of something that really wasn’t. And we shouldn’t have even been in the studio – we should’ve been off going to India or something like that.”

    On self-criticism: “John Lennon was always slagging off everything that he ever recorded apart from Across the Universe - and if that don’t show what a fucking idiot he was, I don’t know what does.”

    On lyrics: "I’m kind of in between. Whereas Chris Martin will try and sum up the meaning of life and the universe and all surrounding galaxies in three-and-a-half minutes – at the other end of that was me just being drunk writing and thinking it was really, really, really fucking funny. Somewhere between the two is where I think you kind of end up, you know what I mean?”

    On creative output: “We don’t live to work – we work to live … There’s no point in carrying on endlessly with tours around the world, so your audience becomes that familiar with you that one night they don’t fucking show up ’cause they know you’re going to be coming back next year. If I’m on the road for the year, then I’m going to spend at least half of the next year sitting on my ass doing fuck-all, because that’s what it’s all about.”

    On drugs: "I don’t think it’s helped in any way to not be on drugs. It’s just, I can’t be bothered. You spend too much energy trying to buy the fucking things.”

    On progressing: “At the end of the last session, I remember saying Heathen Chemistry was kind of a third of the way of where we were going to be on the next album. And this is kind of halfway of where we’re going to be on the next one. So we’re still kind of moving forward

    Interview Courtesy of Adam Radwanksi

    For Adams National Post article please visit our: L4E Forum



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      How to write an Oasis song

    The answer to yesterday's no prize conundrum was, of course, Noel Gallagher. He was talking to David Walliams about Robbie Williams, and Liam.

    Here is another extract from the same conversation, taken from an epic interview in this Sunday's OMM.

    How to write a classic song

    David Walliams: When do you think you wrote you first great song?
    Noel Gallagher: ‘Live Forever’, in 1993. That changed everything. Before that everything sounded indie.
    DW: You’ve written standards and that’s something not many people get to do. By that I mean that a busker could sing ‘Wonderwall’ and it would still sound great.
    NG: We call them one of ‘those’ songs and I have been lucky enough to write a couple of ‘those’ songs.
    DW: What would you say those ones were?

    NG: ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. ‘Wonderwall’: that’s virtually every bird between the ages of 30 and 36’s favourite fucking song.
    DW: Do those songs come really quickly? When Matt and I write sketches the best ones are the ones we write really quickly. The worst are the ones we labour over and re-write and re-write.
    NG: I’ve played ‘Live Forever’ so many times, but when I get to the guitar solo I still think, ‘Fucking hell, that’s pretty good, that.’
    DW: I think ‘Let There Be Love’ from the new album might be one of ‘those’ songs.
    NG: I’m not too sure about that one. It took me seven years to write that song. I kind of didn’t want to put it on to the album as it’s a ballad.
    DW: I prefer your ballads. I’m not so much into the rock thing.
    NG: They’re easy to write. I have got half a dozen great slow, huge songs, but I kind of get bored of playing them live.
    DW: How easy was it to let other people in the band write songs? You’ve only written five for the new album.
    NG: I never sat down and decreed that suddenly everyone else was allowed to write songs. The door was always open. But for the first 10 years, everyone else was completely uninterested. I do think it is important that everybody feels that they are contributing to the direction of the band. I used to get pissed off with people going ‘what a fucking wanker!’
    DW: You started working on this album with Death In Vegas as producers. Were you going to make a more -experimental record?
    NG: I didn’t want to go into the studio -without a producer. When I’ve co-produced I’ve got sick of being sat at a mixing desk and the rest of the band being sat on the couch behind you being half-pissed. I thought: ‘I want to be in a band. I can’t be arsed being a producer any more.’ Liam hates producers but he had worked with Death In Vegas on one of their records. So it was like something out of Star Wars – we had to get Liam to think that asking them to produce the record was his idea.
    DW: But you scrapped those sessions?
    NG: We just didn’t have the songs at the time. Richard [Fearless of Death In Vegas] said that ‘It’s all about the vibe’, but I knew the vibe would only last us about six weeks. We called a meeting to tell him, and when he walked into the pub, Liam said: ‘Oh, is that my phone?’, and walked off. I had to tell Richard we were going to call it a day. Told him that we needed to write some new songs – and then we weren’t able to re-convene. But there’s something there for a box set or something.
    DW: Are you the natural leader and -decision maker?
    NG: I always assume that role. I’m solutions provider for this band. Liam drives it. If we were in a car, Liam would be driving and I would be reading the map.

    source: Guardian/Observer



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      Noel defends Live 8 no show

    NOEL GALLAGHER has defended his band OASIS’ decision not to take part in the LIVE 8 events next month (July 2) .

    The star told Ananova his band had already arranged a concert on July 2, at the City Of Manchester Stadium, when Bob Geldof announced his plans for the series of shows, which includes a UK show in Hyde Park, London.

    Gallagher said: "If it was possible, it would be nice to take part."

    He added: “It's the general thing that rock stars should be doing something to f***ing sort this out. And it's like, 'Well, all right, that's what (U2's) Bono and (Coldplay 's) Chris Martin are for.'

    "I don't like the way that somebody suddenly decides that all the bands in England are going to f***kin' play and everybody jumps to attention."

    source: nme.com



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    Monday, June 13, 2005


      Liam and Gem hang with Weezer



    After a recent Weeezer show at the Olympia in Paris the band met up with Oasis (or rather, part of Oasis, as some of them bailed right after the show for parts unknown), namely Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer and some of their friends/crew, for a rousting round of conversation which was frequently quite hilarious, such as when the Oasis men went into detailed and hysterically funny acting out of several choice parts of the Metallica documentary! Contrary to what you may have read in the press, Liam was warm, friendly, and funny as hell. I guess having just seen his "favorite current American band" didnt hurt the mood! Top men, the lot.

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      Liam walks off Imola stage during set

    Liam walked off stage during Champagne Supernova at last night's Imola appearance . It appeared that there were no particular technical problems with the audio or any signs of sibling tensions. The 50000 strong audience did not seem too pleased about it and started pelting the stage with bottles and objects. Noel carried on alone for three songs. Rumors circulated that there might have been fans of other bands appearing that night who started the problem.

    Thanks @ David Zizek

    PLAYLIST:

    Fuckin' in the bushes
    Turn up the sun
    Lyla
    Bring it on down
    Morning glory
    Cigarrettes & Alcohol
    The importance of being idle
    A bell will ring
    Live forever
    The meaning of soul
    Mucky fingers
    Champagne supernova (LIAM LEAVES STAGE)

    JUST NOEL:

    Little by Little
    Wonderwall [Acoustic]
    Dont Look Back In Anger.



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      Channel 4 to debut new Oasis video

    The new Oasis Video will make it's debut on July 1st. Tune into Channel 4 ! Also being announced by BMG SONY it that the new single will be "The importance of being idle"

    Here's a run down for the July 1st programs:

    11:30pm 4MUSIC: OASIS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE


    11:35pm 4MUSIC: THERE WE WERE... NOW HERE WE ARE: THE MAKING OF OASIS

    There We Were... Now Here We Are sees director Dick Carruthers documenting the rise of Oasis from early rehearsals in Manchester to the release a year later of one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time. Featuring interviews with all the original band members as well as key players in the band's ascendance, this is probably as close to the truth as you'll get on how Manchester's finest came to be. Contributors include Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher and Alan McGee.

    12:35am 4MUSIC PRESENTS...OASIS

    Oasis perform tracks from their fifth studio album Don't Believe the Truth . And Colin Murray chats with Noel Gallagher about life, music and the trappings of fame. Prod: Roger Oldham; Dir: Phil Heyes; Exec Prod: Richard Cook; Prod Co: At It Productions



    source : Channel 4 UK



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      Sibling Rivalry DVD review

    Sibling Rivalry
    (An Unauthorised Documentary Film Packed With Exclusive Interviews)
    A Chromes Dream Media Production
    Running time : 68 minutes
    Stereo / All Regions (0)



    CONTENT

    After pushing play on the newest documentary disc Sibling Rivalry, the following message greets you : " No music or performances by Oasis..." Little bit of a downer to start out with but in all fairness to it's makers, Chrome Dreams never advertised that it included performance footage....A personality like guitar shop manager Danny Bourassa captivates us with his childlike passion and liveliness, and then there's Dan Martin (NME), who has interviewed Oasis many times, and offers little as far as intrigue and insight to the band and their story.

    Longstanding Oasis fans however will enjoy the telling of the brother's story from personalities like Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Nigel Stewart (Liam's friend), Paul Walton ( Engineer on HC)and Oasis cover band Wonderwall ....Wait did I just spot a chubby Liam look-a-like ?, but the actual information they get will be nothing new. Newcomers or the uninitiated fan will not be drawn in by the story told as it only scrapes the surface of the siblings lives, and name drops songs and albums that may mean little to the viewer unless they've heard the tunes before.

    PRESENTATION:

    The narrator of Sibling Rivalry serves as a much needed bridge between scenes, events, and stories . Unfortunately, the feeling that she is "reading her lines" is quite noticeable distracting at times. It takes an otherwise powerful story and somewhat undermines it.

    Livened up with video effects, Sibling Rivalry keeps the viewer's interest visually. The high grain, slow motion, blurred rock n' roll look fits in beautifully with the story of Oasis. The B-roll footage serves as a nice break between the sitdown interviews that make up the 68 minute piece. With really no footage of Oasis on stage and only a mere handful of interview and news clips, the video's makers kept the piece well paced .

    The film does however have more of the feel of a VH1 Behind the Scenes episode than it does a true indie unauthorized product. Much of the good is mentioned, and the bad concealed. For example, they chronologically go over the successes of each album released, and once they get to "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants", they briefly mention it's failure due to Alan McGee's departure from label representation at Creation Records, but that's all. No one discusses its' strengths and weaknesses, and this is where a true Oasis fan loses out. They quickly jump to the success of the "Familiar to Millions" , and all is good again in Oasis world. ...

    EXTRAS:

    The DVD extras are not the greatest but add a nice touch. Take the quiz and then check out the discography section which has a list of albums, singles, DVDs, bootlegs, box sets, and miscellaneous items, along with images of each, that should please the Oasis fan new or old.

    FINAL THOUGHTS:

    There really isn't much in the DVD about the rivalry between the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel of Oasis, notwithstanding, the DVD does pack a few punches of its own for the novice fan. The more knowledgeable Oasis fan will be viewing a broken record of band facts, history, and on and off stage problems that they have already collected from discussion forums, magazine articles, or websites such as Live4ever.us.

    Oasis are like "dogs that have been in a cage," says one friend of the band in Sibling Rivalry. If true, the DVD shows little to support this. It is a decent catalogue of third person accounts spanning a decade of Oasis stories, and will sit on the shelves of true fans as part of their collection, but will not be watched more than once or twice . As a fan I give this effort 2 and 1/2 Stellas out of 5. But remember this is a fan talking......

    by Collin Pisarra for Live4ever.us



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    Sunday, June 12, 2005


      Oasis still matter

    Thought they were washed up? Think again. Here's why ...


    The dismissal of Oasis as nothing more than a Beatles copy band is the most lazy musical analysis ever foisted upon the public.

    Through sheer repetition, it has been accepted as truth by people who couldn't name or even identify three Oasis songs.

    But as the Gallagher brothers themselves might say: Don't believe the truth.

    Let's make one thing clear: I'm the biggest Beatles guy ever. As wide as my tastes are, John, Paul, George and Ringo have been No. 1 on my depth chart from the time I was a humming infant.

    And, for the record, I think Oasis is brilliant.

    Not every Oasis song is a gem (not every Beatles song was, either). And not every utterance from the tart tongue of Noel Gallagher, or the marble mouth of Liam Gallagher, is worthy of inscription on a plaque in their hometown of Manchester, England.


    But for my entertainment buck, the batting average of Oasis -- as singers, songwriters and occasionally outrageous personalities -- continues to be far higher than any of its contemporaries.

    Respecting both the Beatles and Oasis, rather than pitting them against each other in a bizarre cross-generational rivalry, won't endear me to everyone, I suppose.

    And a lot of folks won't like this, either, but here goes: While I recognize the quality of fellow British bands such as Radiohead and Coldplay, I find them to be, well, a little dour and dull.

    Oasis songs, on the other hand, make me want to pick up my guitar and learn how to play them.

    Noel Gallagher, the driving force behind Oasis, once said, "We've only got half a dozen good bands in England -- there's Oasis and there's five Oasis tribute bands."

    Really, how can you not love a quote like that? But there are plenty who openly cheer for Oasis to fail as punishment for such audacity, whether you take Noel at his word or think he's just screwing around.

    Oasis-bashing has become a rock-critic cliche. In response, fans of the group have developed a bunker mentality as they continue to buy tickets to concerts and sing along to almost every song.

    Most reviews of the band's new CD, Don't Believe The Truth, have fallen between "not as bad as their worst" and "not as good as their best." That last charge is something Oasis always will have to live with, and it amounts to the price of past success.

    Since Oasis burst to the front of the Brit-pop scene in the mid-1990s with two seminal albums -- the impudently catchy Definitely Maybe and the anthem-laden (What's The Story) Morning Glory? -- the Gallaghers constantly have been reminded how each subsequent effort has not measured up. Alanis Morissette, coincidentally, has gone through much the same thing in the past 10 years, post-Jagged Little Pill, and you probably can point to other examples as well.

    Not every Oasis CD has been a gem. But how many artists who have been around as long as Oasis can claim to be clunker-free? To my ear, on average, Oasis still has more good songs per CD than the norm. Regardless, many critics continue to focus on the worst of Oasis rather than the best.

    Oasis has taken far more abuse than has been warranted. Really, in this God-forsaken era of sampling-addicted rap artists and American Idol squealers topping the charts with the most formulaic drivel in the history of recorded sound, how did Oasis ever become the poster-boys for alleged musical thievery?

    Not only is it not fair, it's not accurate.

    Listen to Rock 'n' Roll Star, or The Hindu Times, or Lyla, the single from the new CD. The Beatles never sounded like that, folks. Listen to everything Oasis has to offer, rather than picking and choosing certain songs to prove some point about how derivative the band is.

    Oasis has its own sound. I can pick it out a mile away.

    Do some Oasis songs remind you of Beatles songs? Absolutely. But guess what? Oasis is a British group that plays hard-driving, melodic rock and roll. There are going to be similarities, to the Beatles, to the Who, to T-Rex, to countless others.

    I had a good laugh last year when, for the first time in decades, I heard a Rolling Stones song from the mid-1960s called Child Of The Moon. It's the closest thing to an Oasis song that isn't actually an Oasis song I ever have heard, right down to Mick Jagger's vocal. All that's missing is updated instrumentation and Liam's voice, and it would fit snugly onto any Oasis CD.

    The point is, just about everything sounds a little like something that came before, if you listen hard enough and have a musical library wide enough to recognize it. Heck, the Raveonettes, a critically acclaimed group from Denmark that played at Lee's Palace in Toronto last weekend, owe much of their sound to the Jesus and Mary Chain and almost all of their harmonies to the Everly Brothers. But no one seems to be up in arms about that.

    So why does Oasis get picked on so much?

    Part of it has to do with the magnitude of the band's profile. But Oasis also has paid for its perceived arrogance, which I find endearing and even humourous, but others do not.

    I recall several years ago when Oasis was playing at Molson Park in Barrie. When Noel Gallagher emerged from backstage, he greeted the assembled throng with the words, "Show some respect for the best f---ing band on the planet!"

    I thought it was great. To have the nerve to say that, especially in front of a Canadian crowd that primarily was on hand to see Neil Young, showed incredible rock-and-roll bravado. But as Oasis ducked a shower of plastic water bottles for the rest of the afternoon, I had to listen to the grumbling of those around me who thought Noel's words somehow were inappropriate.

    Noel's proclamations through the years -- whether he's bragging unrepentently, or ripping himself, or ripping his bands' rivals, or ripping his brother -- have provided me with more chuckles than any stand-up comedian. He's full of bombast. Personally, I think his musical resume gives him the right to say just about anything he wants. But even if you don't agree, why can't everyone just lighten up? When did popular music become so serious?

    That the United States largely has shunned Oasis because of the band's arrogance is the height of irony. It appears the U.S. appreciates "attitude" only when it's homegrown.

    But Oasis is not exclusively about crazy quotes and battlin' brothers. It comes back to the music, and I am of the strong opinion that Oasis does not get the credit it deserves.

    Oasis still takes me someplace.

    A place where guitars still are loud.

    A place where singers still sneer.

    A place where songs still have tunes, not just beats.

    Call it my own personal Oasis.


    By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun



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    Friday, June 10, 2005


      Oasis have #1 selling album worldwide

    THE TOP-SELLING ALBUM IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK ( wwek 24 / 2005 - June 18) ACCORDING TO GLOBAL SALES DATA AND NATIONAL ALBUM-CHARTS AS COMPILED AND PROVIDED BY MEDIA TRAFFIC IS "DON'T BELIEVE THE TRUTH" BY OASIS. (COMPILATIONS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE).

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      Support bands for Stadium shows announced

    OASIS have announced the support acts for their forthcoming UK stadium tour.

    Among the bands joining the rock giants are Babyshambles, The Coral, Doves and Super Furry Animals.

    The full list of supporting acts is as follows:

    Glasgow Hampden Park (June 29) - Super Furry Animals, The Futureheads, The Stands, The Redwalls.

    City Of Manchester Stadium (June 30) – Super Furry Animals, The Stands.

    City Of Manchester Stadium (July 2) - The Coral, The Bees, 22:20’s, The Redwalls.

    City Of Manchester Stadium (July 3) - Doves, The Bees, The Subways, The Redwalls.

    Southampton Rose Bowl (July 6) - The Coral, Babyshambles, The Stands, The Redwalls.

    London Milton Keynes Bowl (July 9) - Babyshambles, Secret Machines, 22:20’s, The Redwalls.

    London Milton Keynes Bowl (July 10) - The Coral, 22:20’s, Secret Machines, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.


    The first band on the bill each night is expected to go onstage at approximately 4pm, with the exception of the show in Manchester on June 30 when no band will be on before 5.15pm.

    source: nme.com



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    Thursday, June 09, 2005


      Noel ready to roll

    Noel Gallagher is in a buoyant mood. He has just learned that his group's sixth album, Don't Believe the Truth, has become their first top 20 album in the US in its first week of release.



    Nice ... Oasis are happy to share the glory with Coldplay and the White Stripes.

    For all of his notoriously deadpan humour and Manchester bravado, there's a hint of genuinely boyish excitement in the 38-year-old Oasis mastermind's voice.

    "I haven't got any answers as to why it's happening now," he says of the American response to Don't Believe the Truth, which was also released in Australia this week. "After all these years, it's amazing."

    Oasis announced yesterday they would tour Australia for the third time, starting in November, and we may see more of Gallagher's new mood.

    He has every right to be pleased with himself. A band written off more times than most, not least because of the volatile natures of guitarist Noel and his younger brother Liam, Oasis is fast developing a sheen of invincibility after 10 years as Britain's most notorious musical export.

    The bad-boy image of old is tempered now by maturity. "You get a perspective on what it all means after 12 years," says Noel Gallagher.

    Getting a clear picture of Oasis from the inside could not have been easy for a band whose career has been as much on the front pages of the tabloids as it has been in the charts and in large auditoriums.

    It would have been enough to give any working-class brothers landed with fame and fortune - not to mention drugs - swelled heads. These days, however, big brother is a more rational being.

    "I think you have to take it with a massive pinch of salt when the press starts telling you you're the greatest thing since Lennon and McCartney," he says.

    "And you have to take it equally with a pinch of salt when they're telling you that what you do is no more than following what's popular. As long as you know who you are and respect people around you, that's all that matters."

    He describes the band's journey from English indie support band to global giant as "12 long arduous years", but adds that "I've enjoyed all of it". That last comment is a bit of a stretch, particularly from an Australian perspective. The band's first trip here in 1998 was a disaster, especially in PR terms, capped by Liam Gallagher's arrest for hitting a tourist trying to take his picture.

    Oasis made amends three years ago when they came back and did a series of small theatre shows as well as the Livid festival, a tour that went off without a hitch.

    "We're looking forward to it this time," Noel Gallagher says. "We really enjoyed it last time and it made up for the farce of that time in '98."

    Farce has followed "our kid" Liam around from the start, when the first Oasis album, 1994's Definitely Maybe, took Britpop by the scruff of the neck and then the follow-up, (What's the Story) Morning Glory, put them in the big league.

    "I've never really understood why Liam would want to chase a cameraman down the street and give them a more poignant picture," figures Noel. "He still gets on my tits, and vice versa."

    The past week has been a busy one in the music industry, with new releases from high-flyers such as Oasis, Coldplay and the White Stripes, among others.

    Where once Noel Gallagher would have been shouting, with plenty of swearing, that Oasis were better than anybody else, today he is almost philosophical about their place in rock's hierarchy. He doesn't gauge the band's success by what others are doing.

    "That's kind of like going to an awards ceremony and thinking that you should have won," he says. "Music is not a contest. That's something generated by the press, especially the British press, which turns everything into a contest because it sells papers.

    "I've listened to the Coldplay album and I quite like it, and I'm interested in what the White Stripes are doing, but it never colours my musical judgment. I never say we should sound more like that or more like this.

    "But, you know, me and [Coldplay singer] Chris Martin could sit in a room and he could say to me Yellow is a better song than Live Forever, and I say Live Forever is better. Great songs are in the ear of the beholder."

    He groans, exasperated, at the fickleness of pop. "Like Phil Collins," he ponders. "Why did he sell so many records in the '80s when he was so ... I mean, f---in' 'ell."

    The new album is instantly recognisable Oasis, even if only five of the songs come from Noel. The best of these, such as The Importance of Being Idle and the familiarly anthemic Let There be Love, sit comfortably with Liam's Guess God Thinks I'm Abel, guitarist Gem Archer's A Bell Will Ring and bassist Andy Bell's Keep the Dream Alive.

    It's a little surprising to see Noel, who likes to be in control, loosening his grip on the reins, but he prickles at the suggestion that he's sitting back.

    "It's my group and that's just in my nature," he says. "I'm a nosy little bastard and I want to know what's going on. Just like when I went to 10 Downing St [at Tony Blair's invitation]. I just had to know what went on behind that f---ing door, for my own peace of mind. It's like that in the studio, too."

    For all that critics have chided Noel for merely ripping off his favourite songs from the Beatles catalogue, there's never any doubt about the Oasis delivery.

    "I think, maybe along with the White Stripes and U2 - and I'm not putting us in a musical bracket with them - there's something that is instantly recognisable about what we do.

    "I'm quite proud of that. People can say what they f---ing want. But bands struggle to find their own identities and often they will never get there. We're in the enviable position where we've never had to follow fashion or trends."

    The only personnel change for the upcoming Australian visit will be drummer Zak Starkey, who replaced long-term drummer Alan White last year. Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr, played here with the Who last year.

    "Zak is pretty much as part of the band as you can be," Noel says. "He's a great drummer and a great lad, and the album absolutely benefits from him being there ... just little touches he does add another dynamic to the whole."

    The world tour behind Don't Believe the Truth will take the band well into next year "just to pay for the album", Noel reasons.

    In the meantime he hopes to find time to write more Oasis material and perhaps get around to that solo record that is often mentioned but never realised.

    "Eventually I'll do a solo record," he says. "It's never been pencilled in for any particular time. By the time we've done an Oasis album there isn't much time for anything else."

    Oasis's Australian tour begins in Brisbane on November 26 and travels to Melbourne and Sydney. More dates are expected.

    source: news.com.au
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      Strong Internet chart debut for DBTT

    The new Oasis album "Don't believe the Truth" which debuted on the US Billboard chart at #12 with over 65000 copies sold in the first week of sales has placed #5 on it's Internet download charts.

    source: Billboard.com



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    Wednesday, June 08, 2005


      Oasis to tour Australia

    Oasis are set to tour Australia November/December 2005 playing Melbourne on December 1 at Festival Hall tickets go on sale June 20.

    The bands last tour in 2002 was seen as an apology for their distastrous 1998 tour.

    Talking to 'HITS" Cameron Adams, Liam Gallagher says he barely remembers the 1st tour.

    "I was young. Disorderly. I was just off my head. I dont regret a thing. We all do silly things. Youd have all done the same thing."

    "The headbutting? oh yeah. That skipped my mind. He wasnt a fan. He was just a nuisance. He knew he was out of order."

    "I want to be big in Australia. We are already? Well I want to be bigger."

    source: Herald Sun
    thanx @ ausupernova

    Oasis Australian 2005 Tour Dates:

    Saturday, November 26 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
    Monday, November 28 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
    Thursday, December 1 - Festival Hall, Melbourne


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      South Side Festival to stream Oasis show live

    The South Side Festival in Germany is scheduled to stream the Oasis concert live via Windows Media Stream . Click the link below on Saturday June 11th ( 1 am Sunday morning, Local time). For the full schedule of all events please visit the Dasding site.

    For Windows media stream click here:
    Oasis Live Stream



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      US album sales for DBTT fall flat

    Believe this: The much anticipated "Don't Believe in the Truth," the first new Oasis album in three years, will debut on the Billboard charts next week at number 12.

    The Billboard album chart measures album sales in the U.S. The album is expected to debut much higher in the UK.

    The album sold about 65,000 copies in its first week out.

    The last Oasis album sold just over 50,000 in its first week, and went on to sell over 200,000 copies.

    "Don't Believe in the Truth" is actually the highest selling new album of the week. Mariah Carey and her "Emancipation of Mimi" album returns to the top spot after being out for several weeks now.

    source: andpop.com

    DBTT enters at #3 in Canada Charts

    The debut of Oasis's "Don't Believe the Truth" (slightly over 13,000 sold), comes in at No. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    The first week sales of "Don't Believe the Truth" beat out the debut of their last disc, "Heathen Chemistry," which checked in at No. 5 in July of 2002, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan Canada.

    source: canoe.com



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    Tuesday, June 07, 2005


      Sibling tensions on stage in Brussels

    Sibling tensions between OASIS rockers NOEL and LIAM GALLAGHER boiled over again at the weekend (04Jun05), following a disastrous gig in Belgium.

    A bitter spat erupted between the Gallaghers when Noel discovered his wayward brother Liam was drunk while on stage at the Ancienne Belgique in Belgian capital Brussels on Saturday.

    An eyewitness says, "You could see Noel having stern words with Liam during the gig.

    "Between songs Noel was telling him to get his act together. Liam seemed quite drunk and was off the boil for a lot of the gig."

    But this was only the start of the British band's problems, as the rockers also experienced complications with their sound equipment - causing the drunken singer to fly into a rage.

    The witness adds, "The volume on his mic was far too loud on the first song. Then the sound engineers turned it down so you could hardly hear him.

    "He was really out of tune on LYLA. Liam was furious with the sound engineers and threw his tambourine on the ground.

    "As the band left the stage it looked like there was going to be an inquiry about who was to blame."

    source: contactmusic.com



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    Monday, June 06, 2005


      New Concert and MTV dates

    Oasis are pleased to announce that they will be headlining at the Nagoya Summer Sonic Eve show on Thursday August 11th. Other acts on the bill include Kasabian who are billed on the Oasis North American tour in September. Tickets for the show are priced at Y9,000 and will go on sale on Saturday 25th June. For further information check out Summersonic

    Oasis recently played a gig at the Alcatraz in Milan which was recorded by MTV and will be broadcast on MTV locally to the following territories it is the first show to be filmed with the band playing material from their new album and definitely one not to miss!

    We have been given the following times but fans should check as these do vary:

    Germany June 7th at 11pm
    France July 3rd at 7pm
    Holland July 1st at midnight
    Norway July 24 (time TBA check MTV locally)


    source: oasisinet.com



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      Oasis refuse new record deal for the moment

    British rock band OASIS are refusing to sign another record deal after the release of new album DON'T BELIEVE THE TRUTH, because they are keen to bask in their decade of success.

    The LYLA hitmakers could reportedly receive up to $28.5 million (GBP15 million) to produce another three LPs - but OASIS are set on remaining unsigned because they enjoy the freedom of not dealing with a money-orientated record company.

    Guitarist NOEL GALLAGHER says, "It's not something I want to get involved in. The only thing a label in England can offer us is money, and we don't need any of that.

    "We've got our own studios so we can finance our own records. For the rest of the world it would be essential. It's liberating to sit here and know I haven't got a record deal."


    The Chief also admits to plagiarising lyrics from THE ROLLING STONES's hit track STREET FIGHTING MAN on the band's new single LYLA.

    The 38-year-old rocker makes no excuses for copying key lines from the 1971 hit - insisting he never claimed they were his.

    He says, "I make no bones about it, I'm not here to blag to anybody that I'm an original artist.

    "I'm here to get people shaking their arses at a gig.

    "He who has the best record collection makes the best records man. That's the rule."

    source: contactmusic.com

    In further news:

    Oasis have gone straight to Number One in the UK album chart with 'Don't Believe The Truth', their sixth studio offering.

    source: nme.com



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    Saturday, June 04, 2005


      Live 8 text row as Oasis deny snub

    MOBILE phone firm O2 has come under fire for charging customers to enter the Live 8 ticket lottery.

    The company will rake in 10p for every text message sent - even though rivals Orange and Vodafone have agreed to waive the cost.

    Organisers are expecting millions of texts to be sent after phone lines open at 8am on Monday. For every text sent, £1.50 will go to Live 8, but O2 will also be pocketing the additional 10p standard network charge.

    O2 defended their stance, claiming they will make a loss.

    The row comes as Oasis denied today that they are snubbing the concert in Hyde Park on July 2.

    The Manchester rockers had initially said they wanted to take part.

    But at the time they did not know the concert was planned for July 2 - the same day as they play a major gig at the City of Manchester Stadium.

    Upset

    Oasis were one of the first bands that organiser Sir Bob Geldof contacted to play at Live 8 and he is reportedly upset that they will not be appearing.

    A band source said: "It's ridiculous to talk about a snub. The Manchester stadium gig will be a huge affair and had been planned for months."

    Like Oasis, U2 are also double-booked for the concert, but the Irish rockers plan to play in Hyde Park before jetting out to Vienna for another performance the same evening.

    The ticket lottery for U2 and others will open at 8am when a multiple choice question will be announced on radio stations and BBC TV, along with the text number.

    They will also be printed in newspapers available earlier that morning.

    Warned

    But organisers warned that anyone trying to jump the queue by texting before 8am will be wasting their time - they will be charged £1.50, but their text will not count. The text line will close at midnight on June 12.

    The computer will randomly select 72,500 entries who will each win a pair of tickets to the gig in Hyde Park on July 2.

    People will be furiously texting on Monday, but Phil Willis MP, head of the all-party mobile communications group, has taken a dim view of O2's stance.

    "It seems wherever there is a buck to be made, there is always a mobile company willing to do it," he said in an interview.

    "They are trying to cream off an exorbitant fee for what is a very simple service. There is no reason they could not simply donate their systems for free."

    An O2 spokesman said: "All of the £1.50 will be going to Live 8. We will be charging our standard network charge of 10p, but that barely covers our costs.

    "We have to pay the supplier who provides the platform and we are assisting with the process of aggregating the texts and distributing tickets. Our estimates show we will actually be making a loss."


    source: manchesteronline.co.uk



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    Friday, June 03, 2005


      Columbia Halle Berlin concert to be broadcast live

    Monday night's Oasis concert at Berlin's Columbia Halle can be followed live on your Realplayer at following link made possible bei Radio Eins :

    Live Stream

    Date : Monday , June 6th
    Time : 9pm - 11pm

    source Radio Eins
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      Kasabian supporting their idols on tour

    British rockers KASABIAN are thrilled to be supporting their idols OASIS on their forthcoming North American tour.

    The road trip - which kicks off at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada on 8 July (05) - will see CLUB FOOT foursome Kasabian preceding the LYLA rockers and Australian band JET.

    Frontman TOM MEIGHAN says, "To us it meant the world.

    "If it wasn't for Oasis, BLUR, SUPERGRASS, RADIOHEAD or bands like that, we wouldn't be here.

    "I take my hat off. And to go on tour with them - it's wonderful, it's our heroes, man.

    "They ruled the 90s, no comes near them you know?

    "I know they're getting old, but their still doing their thing and people can slag them, or do whatever they want and they can say, 'Oh they're s**t' but you can't really f**k with OASIS, no matter what they do."

    source: contactmusic.com



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