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"I've heard all the greats have played here. Well they can officially say that after tonight." the Chief said. Well the rock star adulation with multi-colored lights were the only things standing in the way of bringing down the "Classic Country Auditorium". 3,000 fans packed the pews of the Holy ground called the Ryman Auditorium.
From the front row of the balcony Oasis was top notch and poured out so much energy for their fans. The specials of the night were "The Masterplan" and, "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel". Fans were excited to see their English Import. A Wonderball made its way on stage during "Wonderwall."
Even a "Union Jack" made its way feet from the toes of Liam Gallagher, unimpressed with its display. Noel and Liam were very talkative. Liam mostly to his sound guy on the side, Noel to many on the front row. Noel stated "this ones for all the ugly girls" as Wonderwall was about to be played. After the show I made eye contact with Liam. Raising my hand with fist motioning, he nodded toward me. The show was amazing.
I had met the band at my hotel in Nashville on 3-26-06 and was fortunate enough to have about 15 mins. to talk with Noel about whatever came to my mind. A few days have passed now and I have gathered my thoughts and I wanted to share with the rest of the fans here. I am a guitar player so of course the first questions I asked were about instruments.
I asked Noel what ever happened to the UK Sheraton and if it would ever come out of retirement. He told me first off that he does still have the guitar, but will probably never play it again. He said its a piece junk. He said the paint job made it SUPER heavy, and that it honestly sounds like shit. I of course had to disagree with the chief on that one considering the Maine Road performance is my favorite of all time. I told him it was a Britpop icon and the fans would love to see it on tour again. He agreed its from that era, but told me it looks quiet ridiculous on stage, and that he only played it 3 times. Maine Rd., Mtv Awards, and another which he couldn't recall.
I asked him about the 355 he has been playing on the last couple of tours and he agreed with me that its about the best guitar around.
Be Here Now
I asked why we couldn't hear any songs form BHN or Masterplan anymore. I told him how they are on constant rotation in my cd changer, he said, "Sounds exhausting." I told him I would really like to hear Listen Up, and so would his hard core fans and he said "You will have to talk to Liam about that, he controls the setlist." I said, "Your the Chief" he just laughed. I asked him why he calls BHN "The Swindle" cause a lot of us thought it was some of his best work. He said the songs are just to long, and its not his favorite.
I asked about Zack joining the band permanently, and he said its up to Zack, he is going on the road with The Who right after this tour and its up to him after that. We were talking about how the gigs run together at this point in the tour and I was telling him how I had been to 3 countries to see Oasis. He started asking me about the gigs cause he couldn't remember them.
Noel asked me what I thought about Kasabian, and I told him I thought they were LOUD! He laughed. He asked me if I had seen The Redwalls before and he said that they were a really good band.
Bored in Nashville
He asked where I was from, and how long it took me to get to Nashville. He asked why everything is closed on Sundays in Nashville. He was bored. We talked about visiting Gruhn Guitars next door to the Ryman, but of course it was closed that day too.
The rest of the lads
I asked if Liam was here too and he said, "Liam's around" that's all he wanted to say. About that time Liam walks up. He didn't have much to say, he didn't even look at Noel. He took a pic with me, signed my DM cd and left. Gem then came up, he was super nice, so was Andy and Jesus (keyboards).
special thanks @ L4E forum member 'madferitusa' Jason
Does it matter to you that Oasis think Nashville girls are ugly? That Noel Gallagher asked a Sunday Ryman crowd, “Shouldn’t you be in church?” Do you care that Liam sings with his arms down at his sides, perfectly still, looking more awkward and disgruntled than any teenager could ever hope to be? Does it bother you that, when he’s not singing, he stands off to the side, adjusts his balls once, twice, then remains motionless until it’s his turn to sing again? That he never smiles? Do you care about any of this, when they can play song after song, every chord perfect, their voices hitting every note, every scratch, every scream? Do you care about their blasé attitudes when you’re surrounded by shouting fans? Or when the girl in front of you jumps up and down for an hour-and-a-half straight, when the person next to you sings every word to every song, or when the fists fly into the air as Liam sings, “Don’t put your life in the hands / of a rock ’n’ roll band / who’ll throw it all away,” at the start of “Don’t Look Back in Anger”? Or when they rip into a flawless cover of “My Generation” that just might (blasphemy!) rival the original? Which is more important—the music or the act? Oasis act like sullen children, but does it matter when, in the end, they rock their asses off? As far as we’re concerned, the answer is no. It doesn’t matter one bit.
LONDON: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has slammed the legendary band Rolling Stones for not realising that their recent albums will not equal the classic music they released in the 1960s and 1970s.
According to contactmusic.com, Gallagher finds it hard to believe the Stones think their recent work is as good as classics like "Let It Bleed", "Sticky Fingers", and "Exile On Main Street".
He says: "The Stones said that every time they put out an album they think it's their best and they can't understand why people don't take the new records as seriously as the old ones. Well, you are old age pensioners. By all means, make records and go on tour, because if people want to see you, fine, but don't expect to be taken seriously. Your best work is behind you."
• Bottom line: The songs, if not the swagger, are back.
The Oasis vocalist wears a blank expression when he's not singing in his rigid, beneath-the-microphone pose. Sporting a three-button blazer with no shirt underneath, he glided here and there on the Murat Theatre stage Thursday night. If it's possible to simultaneously resemble a jaded game show host and rock 'n' roll star, Gallagher pulled it off for the sold-out audience of 2,500. The crowd may have set a venue record for noise during sing-along number "Morning Glory," and Gallagher responded by subtly throwing "rock horns" with his index and pinkie fingers extended.
The members of Oasis didn't deserve all the adulation they received. Fill-in drummer Zak Starkey dragged "Live Forever," one of the band's early-career anthems, into a dirge.
Grooves were deep and wide during a show-opening trio of "Turn Up the Sun," "Lyla" and "Bring It On Down," but any spark of energy was hard to detect until "Morning Glory."
The good news is that Gallagher's brother, guitarist Noel, has regained his expert songwriting touch. Current album "Don't Believe the Truth" provided a pair of highlights, and Noel coincidentally -- or not -- sang lead vocals on both.
"The Importance of Being Idle" offers a slacker's shuffling plea: "I'll be fine, if you give me a minute. A man's got a limit. I can't get a life if my heart's not in it."
After more than a decade of claiming to be the world's greatest rock band (even after obvious downturns in sales and artistry), it's charming to hear Oasis portray the underdog.
The other tune, "Mucky Fingers," races toward the finish line from the opening note. Among the '60s influences that Noel Gallagher has nicked, he can be forgiven for this rewrite of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man." Liam did his best work during "Songbird," a tune he wrote for the band's previous studio album, "Heathen Chemistry." The song conjured rural goodness, with Liam singing in a raspy tone between the dual acoustic guitars of Gem Archer and Noel. A Murat Theatre audience should have heard "Songbird" on the "Heathen Chemistry" tour, but that August 2002 date and several more were scrapped after three members of the band were injured in a two-car collision at Fall Creek Parkway and Delaware Street.
Liam made note of the crash Tuesday, dedicating "A Bell Will Ring" to "all the crazy drivers of Indianapolis."
What's the Story Morning Glory, Murat Theatre (thanx@beatlem650 L4E forum)
Noel Gallagher wants Zak Starkey to become a full-time member of Oasis, he has revealed.
Ringo Starr's son has been filling in on drum duties since the departure of long-term sticksman Alan White during recordings for the band's last LP "Don't Believe The Truth".
Starr is currently performing with the band on their ongoing world tour, which is this week playing to audiences in Canada.
In a new interview, Noel explained that Zak would be playing with The Who on their upcoming live dates, but that he hoped to make his position in Oasis permanent in future.
"He's definitely, definitely, definitely going to record on the next (Oasis) record and definitely going to be out on the road, if he wants to," said Noel.
"We always said that we'd sit down and talk about that at the end of the tour. There's no point in getting in business discussions while you're soundchecking," said Noel, speaking about Starr joining the band.
"It just doesn't work. If he came to me tomorrow and said, 'I want to leave The Who and join you lot permanently,' I'd say, 'Brilliant. Get me your dad's autograph and you're in.'"
NOEL GALLAGHER has quashed speculation his outspoken brother and OASIS bandmate, LIAM is heading into rock 'n' roll retirement. The WONDERWALL hitmaker insists the notoriously rude frontman's recent silence is no indication he has mellowed, and he warns the public to brace themselves for another verbal onslaught in the near future. He tells MTV.com, "He'll never retire. I just think that we've been on the road for most of the year and he's been out of the country for a while. "But no, I don't think he'll ever tire of that, he loves it, I mean he absolutely loves getting it on with the press."
Gallagher plans collaboration with Chemical Brothers
Noel Gallagher has revealed that Oasis are planning to work with dance kings, the Chemical Brothers.
Noel had worked with the pair previously on Setting Sun and Let Forever Be, but he has now revealed that he wants the whole of Oasis to work with the Chemical Brothers on a project.
Oasis had already tried to work together with Death in Las Vegas, but the collaboration did not turn out well. Noel told XFM Manchester: "We kind of thought it's time to step outside of our own studio and go and try something a bit different, and it's well documented that we didn't have the right songs to go and tackle the project."
He added: “We thought it was going to be great, we got in there and turned the tapes on and it was a little bit sh*t. But I would have loved to have worked more with the Chemicals, still would actually. I still think 'Setting Sun' to this day is one of the best things I've ever done, much to Liam's disappointment."
TORONTO - Even Oasis guitarist-singer Noel Gallagher is impressed at the wealth of British rock bands in T.O. this week.
Oasis played the Air Canada Centre on Monday night with the Arctic Monkeys opening. The Arctic Monkeys headlined their own show at the Phoenix last night. And ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft opens for Coldplay at the ACC tonight and tomorrow night.
"Oh, well, f--kin' hell, good week for Toronto, eh?" Gallagher told the Sun during a Canadian newspaper exclusive interview on Monday night at the ACC. "It doesn't really get any better than that, does it?"
Gallagher says this particular confluence of artists would never happen in his native country.
"Promoters wouldn't put Coldplay and Oasis in the same city in the same week. I'm sure the bands wouldn't give a f--k. I'm sure they'd (sell) but I'm not sure whether (promoters) would be prepared to take the risk of whether they would or not."
Gallagher said he was unable to stick around Toronto to see any of the gigs by his fellow British rock stars as Oasis was flying down to Milwaukee last night for a gig as they finish off their last two weeks of a world tour that began in March 2005.
Gallagher, who doesn't write on the road and is planning on taking the summer off, doesn't expect the band to be back in the studio until at least the fall with "no serious work" until next year.
"I don't sit down and write words 'cause I think that's not a very noble thing to do on the road," he said. "I think on the road, you should drink and f--kin' live the life. Working and touring doesn't mix for me. I'll write when I get home."
Oasis last album, Don't Believe The Truth, was largely seen as a return to form with Gallagher sharing more songwriting duties than ever before with brother-singer Liam and other members of the band. But Gallagher was wary of the theory that increased competition will only make his songwriting better the next time out.
"I don't know. Every time we have a successful album, we always f--k the next one up," he only half-joked.
More seriously, Noel said he doesn't consider Liam a songwriting competitor nor vice-versa.
"Liam doesn't look at it like that either," he said. "It's not a case of competition really. I couldn't write a song called The Meaning Of Soul, lyrics like that, 'cause I'm almost 20 years into being a songwriter. Liam couldn't write a song like The Importance Of Being Idle, 'cause it's just not in him yet. Liam's songwriting is very youthful. Like Love Like A Bomb and The Meaning Of Soul is kind of very youthful songwriting. I've had that with Rock 'N' Roll Star from a long, long, long time ago."
Ultimately, Gallagher said, their sound will never change drastically from record to record.
"We're really pleased with what we sound like," he said. "We're really pleased with what we are. The identity we've carved out over the best part of 15 years. That's not something that we're about to toss up in the air and become a space-reggae f--kin' band, because I'm not just into that. I don't want to challenge my audience because they're friends of mine. I don't want to be like f--kin' saying to them, 'Well, I'm on a musical journey come along if you want but it might go a bit jazzy.' It's like we make Oasis music man and you all know what it sounds like."
Judging from Oasis' longevity, Gallagher may be on to something.
"The songs are not tied to any particular era or the lyrics don't deal with any ... you know we've never had our George Bush era," he said. "Or our 'Let's save the world, famine-in-Africa, album,' or our weirdy-beardy album. The songs are timeless. The lyrics, they're either profound or it's nonsense. That always lasts forever."
St. Paddy's Day toasts started at 'half-nine that morning' for Liam
Liam Gallagher gave whole new meaning to the term "Top Of The Morning" this past St. Patrick's Day.
Brother Noel Gallagher told the Sun in a Canadian newspaper exclusive this week in Toronto that his sibling hit the green beer early that day in New York City.
"I've got to say that Liam did it for all of us," said Gallagher. "I bumped into him in Soho, it would have been about mid-day and he'd been drinking since half-nine that morning. I was with my girlfriend so we were kind of furniture shopping 'cause we're moving house (in London) but I'm glad Liam was doing it for the lads."
When it's suggested that Noel, 38, has finally grown up, he responds: "I find drinking at half-nine in the morning is a bit excessive. I can kind of start drinking at half-nine at night, do you know what I mean?, and I can kind of go on drinking til half-nine in the morning. I wouldn't start at half-nine in the morning. I'd be in bed by mid-day."
Unbelievably, Gallagher experienced his first-ever St. Patrick's Day in The Big Apple.
"They do take it very seriously don't they?" said Gallagher. "I've seen Chinese people with green bowler hats on and I'm not sure the Chinese people knew what the f--k was going on, to be honest. To see them walking around the streets, as if someone's just stuck this green bowler hat on them (and said) 'Smile!'"
Noel Gallagher has stuck up for Arctic Monkeys following Morrissey's comments that success has come to fast for the band.
The Oasis guitarist spoke just hours before the Monkeys opened for the band at the Toronto Air Canada Centre (March 20).
"It happens when it happens, man, and I would say thank God that it does happen," he said. "You'd be a bit of an idiot if you said, 'No, I'm too young for a record deal.'"
He also explained that Arctic Monkeys' success reminded him of Oasis' career, telling the local Toronto Sun newspaper: "We used to sit and read things about us and think, 'Are they talking about the same band?' Cause we've sold a few records but we've not sold that many records, and we're not that popular.'"
He added: "But I would embrace success when it happens. Any level of it. Just fucking get on with it. If the music didn't stand up... but you've only got to listen to (their) tunes. They're unique to themselves. And they've got their own thing and I think it's great. It doesn't sound like anybody else and I like the way that they don't wear shirts and ties and blazers... These kids seem to be pretty much like us. They kind of look like we do."
Morrissey slammed Arctic Monkeys earlier in the week, saying: ""It's happening all too quickly for them. They haven't proved a thing and they haven't had to work very hard - that must make them insecure. It's all a bit unnatural. OK they've sold about 700,000 albums, but it can't be gratifying. They haven't been driving up and down the M1 for fifteen years."
Gallagher however has praised the band's lyrics saying: "I think with the Arctic Monkeys, a lot of it is about the world play. 'Cause they are quite stunning lyrics, to be honest. The thing about the words, it's alright if you understand them."
He continued: "But I'm sure that the Arctic Monkeys couldn't really give a monkey's - whether it translates to people in China or not. They're just doing their thing. And when this kind of thing happens in the first two years, people will dislike the Arctic Monkeys purely for all the hype that surrounds them but that's got nothing' to do with them.
"They're probably as embarrassed by it as people who don't like them, 'They don't fucking deserve it.' They're probably as upset about it as Morrissey is, but there's nothing they can do about it. You've just got to fucking get out there man and ride it out."
TORONTO - Passing the musical torch didn't quite happen last night at the Air Canada Centre.
But it was, at the very least, interesting to see England's band of the moment -- the Arctic Monkeys -- open for veteran Brit-pop act Oasis at a sold-out gig.
"Don't be shy," said engaging Artic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner to the couple thousand of early concert-goers who arrived before Oasis took the stage.
Delivering a loud, fast musical assault, Turner -- joined by guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Andy Nicholson and drummer Matt Helders -- raced through the songs from their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, plus some new material.
But whenever a song veered from the Warp 7-like proceedings -- like funkier tunes Still Take You Home, Dancing Shoes, Fake Tales Of San Francisco, and A Certain Romance -- it was a welcome reprieve.
Their breakthrough single, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, packed a wallop even if Turner, who likes to get in the face of bass player Nicholson when he plays, seemed like he had a train to catch.
Let's put it this way: They played 10 songs in 35 minutes. Hopefully, their sold-out headlining gig at the Phoenix tonight will be a more sustained affair.
Otherwise, Oasis showed how the big boys do it by actually doing very little.
The Gallagher brothers -- singer Liam and guitarist Noel -- were their usual stoic selves.
Liam occasionally would shake his crescent-shaped tambourine, claps his hands or engage in stare-downs with the audience, but that was really as far as his stage moves went.
Noel, meanwhile, nicely got his guitar groove on Bring It On Down, Morning Glory, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Champagne Supernova and Supersonic and took over on lead vocals on The Importance Of Being Idle, The Masterplan, Mucky Fingers and Don't Look Back In Anger.
The band, rounded out by bassist Andy Bell, one-named guitarist Gem, drummer Zak Starkey (son of Ringo and the most animated man on stage) and an occasional pianist/organist, even stuck to the same first seven songs they played at the Molson Amphitheatre last June in support of their well-received latest album, Don't Believe TheTruth.
That included opening the 95-minute concert with the recording of F--kin' In The Bushes from 2000's Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, which manages to generate excitement no matter how often you hear it.
Certainly the crowd couldn't get enough of their beloved Oasis, singing along to Lyla, the early hits Morning Glory, Cigarettes & Alcohol and Acquiesce, and the monster anthems Live Forever, Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Supersonic and Don't Look Back In Anger.
The audience even liked the show-ending Who cover My Generation -- Starkey next goes back out on the road with Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend -- which saw Liam pull four young female fans on stage as the song wound down.
Ultimately, Oasis delivered a big-sounding concert on a stripped-down stage, notable mainly for tiny Christmas lights draped over the speakers and larger lights on the stage backdrop.
In the end, it was the songs themselves that were the stars of the night.
F--kin' In The Bushes Turn Up The Sun Lyla Bring It On Down Morning Glory Cigarettes & Alcohol The Importance of Being Idle The Masterplan Songbird A Bell Will Ring Acquiesce Live Forever Mucky Fingers Wonderwall Champagne Supernova Rock 'N' Roll Star ENCORE: Supersonic The Meaning Of Soul Don't Look Back In Anger My Generation
Brit-rock rulers rattle the walls at Air Canada Centre
And praise openers Arctic Monkeys as `breath of fresh air'
Allowing for the eternal advantage enjoyed by the headliner over the opener, the Britpup heirs-apparent held their own against the reigning kings of Britpop during a thunderous display of rock 'n' roll dynamism at a sold-out Air Canada Centre last night.
And, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the kids even earned some kudos from their elders in the process.
Oasis, ever reluctant to relinquish their grasp on the crown, even when that grasp has sometimes seemed more tenuous than real, has seldom had anything but a disparaging word for upstarts — particularly serious contenders like Coldplay, who arrive for ACC sets of their own Wednesday and Thursday.
But Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys, rock's darlings du jour, even merited a testimonial from their uncharacteristically gracious hosts.
"We're going to dedicate this to a breath of fresh air, the Arctic Monkeys," enthused singer Liam Gallagher before the band launched into "Rock 'n' Roll Star" from the 1994 Oasis debut, Definitely Maybe.
It could be that those footsteps have become a little less audible since a revamped Oasis started touring on last year's Don't Believe the Truth, its best album since Liam and guitarist/brother Noel were still sparring in the tabloids with former nemesis Damon Albarn of Blur.
Bolstered by the addition of second guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Zak Starkey, Oasis launched its current North American odyssey with a brilliant set last July at the Molson Amphitheatre. Eight months later, far from showing signs of weariness, the Mancunians still look to be very near the top of their game.
And when Oasis is on, most pretenders can only hope to approximate the band's capacity for arena-rattling rock. Sure, it doesn't hurt to have fist-pumpers like "(What's the Story) Morning Glory," "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" in your arsenal. But it's a testament to the group's obvious rejuvenation that newer offerings "Turn up the Sun" and "Lyla" seldom suffer by comparison.
Nor, for that matter, did the Arctic Monkeys, who hardly seemed daunted by the prospect of setting the stage by warming up a smaller crowd of early but clearly enthusiastic arrivees.
"Be gentle. Be gentle," singer-guitarist Alex Turner pleaded impishly.
The quartet — the oldest of whom is 20 — was anything but gentle, igniting a 35-minute, 10-song set with a blistering rip through "The View from the Afternoon," the opening track on its hot-selling debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. The similarities between the bands ended with the high voltage each brought to the occasion.
Unlike Oasis, whose anthemic catalogue has been built on easily digestible platitudes, the Arctic Monkeys favour detailed narratives in which anticipation is often balanced by disappointment. More like the Kinks, by way of the Jam. More, ahem, like Blur, than Oasis.
The storyline from "I Bet you Look Good on the Dancefloor," for instance, vacillates between seduction and indifference, while larding in allusions to everything from Shakespeare to Duran Duran.
Any temptation to find fault with a young band so earnestly hyped by the British press, which hardly seems capable of going a fortnight without touting some Next Big Thing, was dispelled by the quality of the songs and the economical assurance of the presentation.
The Arctic Monkeys get top billing when they perform a club set tonight at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, the kind of relatively intimate venue the band is accustomed to playing.
But if graduating to arenas on a full-time basis is in their future, these newcomers appear more than ready for that too.
Aside from the Coldplay/Richard Ashcroft shows Wednesday and Thursday at the Air Canada Centre, there's enough high-profile English acts coming to Toronto in the next two weeks to fill a soccer pitch.
Tomorrow night, Brit-pop bad boys Oasis and buzzed-about newcomers Arctic Monkeys take over the ACC. On Tuesday night, Arctic Monkeys return to play their own headlining gig at the Phoenix.
"What a shame, I'm just going to miss them," Ashcroft says of his Oasis pals. "I've never seen the Arctic Monkeys live but I've seen them doing a session on TV and the record sounds very live anyway.Yeah, I think that'll be amazing.
"I think Oasis, you should never underestimate, as well. How on fire they are and individually as songwriters. How powerful Liam's next set of songs are going to be and how powerful Noel's are. He's got competition now, within his band, which is only going to drive him on to write some of the best stuff. I was saying to Liam the other night, 'You're only at, in reality, in pop history terms, around Sticky Fingers. The Stones are still on tour man. There's a long way to go yet.' "
As for Arctic Monkeys, who recently broke the record for debut album sales in England with Whatever People Say That I Am, That's What I'm Not, Ashcroft remembers the pressure he faced with his old band The Verve, who were once considered music's Next Big Thing.
"I think they're making some very refreshing decisions about what not to do and what is right to do to be a successful band," Ashcroft says. "The greatest thing about them, I think, for my country, is that it sends out a message to every 15- to 20-year old that you don't have to queue in the rain for a reality TV show to get some mug to write the song for you and get some muppet to help show you how to dance. You can actually form your own band."
Also in Toronto on Tuesday night, '90s electronica kingpins The Prodigy swoop down on Kool Haus, chart-topping singer-songwriter James Blunt headlines at Massey Hall, and jazz-pop singer-pianist Jamie Cullum plays Harbourfront Centre. British one and all.
On Wednesday night, '80s Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler is at Lee's Palace for a solo gig and they're all followed by one of the leaders of the original '60s British invasion, former Kinks frontman Ray Davies at Massey Hall on March 30.
Everyone out there groovin’ on those AT&T ads with the Oasis song? You know, the one where Liam turns “word” into a three-syllable commitment? All around the world, gotta spread the wor-uh-herd, AT&T is bloomin’ gear . . .
As sellouts go, this one’s a failure, mostly because these ads flaunt a total lack of charm or whimsy. A rock superstar who sells out his music is much like a movie star who gets busted for hookers: In order to pull it off, the offender is required, by law, to handle the whole affair with charm and whimsy. In this way, he may turn a moment of vulnerability into a satisfying pop-cultural event for everyone, especially fans.
But charm and whimsy must also include the particular product a particular artist chooses to endorse: The Donnas doing Budweiser? Perfect. Jane’s Addiction doing Coors? Eeeerk. Bob Dylan hawking Victoria’s Secret? Possibly. Bob Dylan promoting Kaiser Permanente? Vomitland of the Americas.
Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “I really don’t care about Oasis selling out,” that’s okay, too. When it comes to anything Oasis-related these days, apathy is a swell option. In fact, I’m more disappointed by my own lack of outrage over these ads than by the ads themselves. This shruggery spells an ominous climate change: More and more, I expect rock stars to disappoint. To make the uninspired choice. To stand for nothing, and not even have fun with that. (I point to the Monkees as role models for how to stand for nothing with a real sense of meaning.)
But check it out: Oasis are doubly, double-dumb because, according to the British paper The Sun, Noel Gallagher previously called Jack White a sellout for writing a Coke jingle. Apparently, Noel said, “I don’t believe in adverts. Jack White ceases to be in the club.”
(By the way, whatever happened to that Jack White Coke jingle? I never heard it. Wonder if it went the way of Jack White’s Beck collaboration and Britney’s twins.)
It’s a funny thing, since Oasis was sued for plagiarizing a Coke jingle in the ’90s. (“Shakermaker” ripped off “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”) How’s that for sour grapes?
Anyway, I have read recent reports that the Sex Pistols are preparing to sell out their catalog to the highest corporate bidders. (Is that what’s called being “outside the shit-stem”? http://www.thefilthandthefury.co.uk/) I opt not to address this topic today, because I am not sure these reports are true. Furthermore, the very idea is so crashingly boring, I would have to go to bed for the rest of the day if it were confirmed........
A hot scorcher of a day brought two surprises for Oasis fans in Sao Paolo. A thunderstorm drenched the packed crowd during the opening songs but the band delivered the bigger bang when they played Supersonic during the encore !
Here's the setlist:
00. Fuckin' In The Bushes 01. Turn Up The Sun 02. Lyla 03. Bring It On Down 04. Morning Glory 05. Cigs and Alcohol 06. The Importance of Bieng Idle 07. The Masterplan 08. Songbird 09. A Bell Will Ring 10. Acquiesce 11. Live Forever 12. Mucky Fingers 13. Wonderwall 14. Champagne Supernova 15. Rock'n'Roll Star
16. Supersonic 17. The Meaning of Soul 18. Don't Look Back In Anger 19. My Generation
Oasis are back on the road and will begin the South American leg of the tour on the 10th March when they kick off the tour at the Hot Festival, Buenos Aires Polo Field and will then go on to play gigs in Chile and Brazil. (tickets are still available check out the tour page) The band will then return to Canada and play the Air Canada Centre where the Artic Monkeys will be support. The tour then rolls on to North America. Check out the tour page for the full list of dates.