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Renowned bad boys deliver rock-solid show in Calgary
Oasis performed a sold-out show Saturday at Pengrowth Saddledome.
There's a description that immediately comes to mind when we think of a concert featuring sneering Brit-pop kings Oasis and cranky folk-rocker Ryan Adams in the opening slot.
Approaching such rock delinquents there's always a certain air of both apprehension and expectation.
Will they act like creeps? And, if they don't, if they just show up, behave and play, without storming off halfway through, might we be just a bit let down?
Saturday's Oasis show at the 'Dome went down free of any stormy incidents at press time but there wasn't much about it that disappointed.
That has little to do with any bad-boy expectations either. It's down to the quality of the tunes, and Oasis rolled out plenty of those.
The Brits kicked off their set with the brash bluster of Rock & Roll Star, singer Liam Gallagher, 35, taking his trademark fighting stance at the mic.
Liam was reportedly struggling with throat problems Saturday night and that seemed to be the case. He definitely ducked the high notes in a few instances, as on Lyla and the raucous Cigarettes & Alcohol.
Still, his delivery maintained its Lennon-cum-Rotten snarl and that's the important thing with this kid.
OK, maybe attitude is an important ingredient in an Oasis gig.
Either way, there's an odd sweetness to Liam's dirty-faced approach and this proved especially true on the lovely Songbird.
As for the rest of the group, led by the band's guitarist Noel Gallagher, 41, they played with muscle and energy that couldn't be denied.
Storming versions of Slide Away and Morning Glory drove the crowd into a state of pure joy, shouting along with every word.
The show lost its momentum in a few instances as Oasis played new tunes off their yet-to-be-released Dig Out Your Soul disc, as well as songs from albums not as universally favoured as their first couple. But for the most part, those were strongly sold.
All had been forgiven at press time as the crowd responded with glee to the vicious Supersonic and two of the most rallying rock ballads of the '90s, Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger, on which a very capable Noel took the lead.
As for Ryan Adams, his set was not to be missed.
Adams' band The Cardinals, are certainly meant to be the Crazy Horse to his Neil Young with their scrappy folk-rock approach. That ragged glory infused tunes like Off Broadway, Goodnight Rose and This Is It, and the band's approach was largely appreciated.
As for his notoriously ugly demeanour, well, Adams grumbled half-heartedly in between songs for the most part, but he did show a bit of enthusiasm when he dedicated a new number to a special someone for whom he had a message. "I want to suck your face off," he said. "You make me feel like I'm riding on an electric unicorn."
Yep, he's an odd cat.
Actually, Adams was not the night's only warm-up act.
Kicking off the evening was California folk singer Matt Costa, a promising songwriter with a real knack for sweet pop hooks and a wry turn of phrase who made an excellent impression during his short set.
Your complete guide to the new Oasis album, by the band themselves.
BAG IT UP Driving psychedelic opener. Inspired by the track Baron Saturday, from The Pretty Things' 1968 concept album SF Sorrow.
Noel Gallagher: "Slow pounding acid rock, The Pretty Things vs The Pink Floyd on glue". Andy Bell: "One of the first three tracks that Noel recorded at Gem's place (Archer's home studio) they were done in a very quiet, very basic way and they became the blueprint".
THE TURNING Dreamy piano lead-verses explode into euphoric choruses featuring Liam inciting the listener to 'shake, your reptile baby'.
Noel Gallagher: "The Roses doing The Stooges with a nod to The World Of Twist. RIP Tony O". Gem: "Liam's vocal is mega, strong but he's not caning it". WAITING FOR THE RAPTURE Riff-heavy number featuring Noel's most passionate vocal yet as he exhorts an unknown female to 'get me off the merry-go-round'
Noel Gallagher: "A love song inspired by the meeting of an Angel in Ibiza" Andy Bell: "I think its about Sara, Noel can put things in a down-to-earth way that goes right to the core".
THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING Propulsive rocker with addictive 'Come in, come out' refrain that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Definitely Maybe.
Gem Archer: "Noel literally just played it the night before [it was recorded]. Did a little one-man-band job, played the drums, the bass, the guitar, sung it and came back up the stairs".
I'M OUTTA TIME Beatles-esque Liam ballad with vulnerable lyric (''If I'm to fall/ Would you be there to applaud?''). Samples John Lennon from a radio interview done two days before his death.
Noel Gallagher: "Deceptively brilliant, one for the ladies". Gem Archer: "It's really hearfelt, theres a melancholy there and that's whats Liam's showing".
(GET OFF YOUR) HIGH HORSE Lady Bluesey acoustic stomp supported by handclaps and slammed drawers. Distorted vocal effects initially disguises identity of singer (it's Noel).
Noel Gallagher: "The oldest song on the album, originally demoed for Heathen Chemistry. Wouldn't have made the album, but the bass is so heavy, it forced its way onto the final cut".
FALLING DOWN Tumbling acid soaked drone-pop, akin to a less electronic take on Setting Sun, Noel's 1996 excursion with The Chemical Brothers.
Noel Gallagher: "Three chords, one note Krautpop! The kind of song I've wanted to write for years".
TO BE WHERE THERE'S LIFE Hypnotic Gem Archer song with rubbery bassline and a promise to lead the listener out into the big wide world.
Gem Archer: "It was just a groove, a bassline and Noel was like 'that's the one, write some words for it'. It's a stream of consciousness . And there's no guitars on it which is another thing I like as well".
AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' A trippy take on late 60's Who, written by Liam following Liam's infamous hotel bar brawl in Munich in 2002.
Noel Gallagher: "Heavy metal Motown. Bang"! Gem Archer: "Liam wanted it to sound like The Who with Ginger Baker on drums, playing while a fight was happening".
THE NATURE OF REALITY Lysergic Andy Bell rocker, featuring the lyric ''The nature of reality/ Is pure subjective fantasy''
Andy Bell: "It was written at an odd time in my life, when my marriage had run its course. I taught Noel the guitar parts and then let him roll with it. Gem played bass on it. I don't play on it at all. I wanted to make sure that it sounded right in the control room where it was being played.
SOLDIER ON Herbal-scented, trancey closer, discovered by The Coral on a hard drive at Oasis's old studio, Wheeler's End. None of the band could remember it until Andy Bell found it on his iPod.
Gem Archer: "The Coral said to Noel 'that's a top tune' so Noel said 'What's this?' and I said I haven't got a clue. It was an old Liam song I demoed with him around 2004 or 2005 and couldn't remember".
Noel Gallagher: "A metaphot for ones-day-to-day existence, the legendary General Dred [Noel's reggae style alter ego]floats out some melodica in the outro".
via L4e / source: Q mag Oasis Special (thanks @ risingsign)
For years, Edmontonians and other denizens of the various hinterlands have watched and listened to the exploits of a little band called Oasis, whose behaviour often got more attention than their overproduced recordings.
Oh, how we laughed at the hooliganism, the public drunkenness, the arrests, the fights, the endless bad-mouthing of fellow musicians (which continues to this day, while other antics have been toned down). And now, at least a decade after "Britpop" was officially declared dead, they finally deign to come to our little town? Guys, where were you when it mattered?
This is the uncharitable view of the "greatest band in the world" (declared by the enthusiastic and fickle British music press). But now that we've seen them live - in front of a sold-out crowd at Rexall Place last night - my new attitude is definitely "better late than never."
For their first Edmonton appearance, the lads delivered a fantastic rock 'n' roll show for 11,400 fans. I've always maintained that the vast majority of rock stars are not famous by accident, not because of some fluke of nature, not because they staged some corporate con game on a gullible public. No, they're famous because they're great - and in every respect, Oasis lived up to their reputation. The musical part, at least. By press time, there were no fights, cursing fits or storming off the stage. It was a businesslike concert from a band known for screwing up their business. Last night, Oasis was as tight as a rock band can get.
Just so we knew who we were dealing with, they opened with an old one, Rock 'n' Roll Star. The crowd rose to their feet as one and stayed there, a few fans near the front draped in the Union Jack. Evidently saving the big hits like Wonderwall for later, the bulk of the first part of the show was newer material, with a lot from the upcoming album, Dig Out Your Soul, songs few were familiar with. Did this matter? It did not. The stuff stands up just fine next to "classic" Oasis.
The band is a lot of fun to watch, too, never mind the expected battery of state-of-the-art video screens and special effects.
Singer Liam Gallagher was a mesmerizing presence, singing his parts with passion, then striking some cool pose and remaining there, looking stalwart, tamborine clutched in his hand, as the band rocked behind him.
He didn't say much, and when he did, it's anyone's guess what it was. No subtitles were available. Brother Noel - who wondered aloud if everyone in Edmonton was at this show (no, a few of us had to stay home and tend the elk) - also got his time in the spotlight, his higher voice perfect for The Masterplan, a wonderful power ballad if there ever was one.
The show proceeded more or less at full throttle, a little touch of the Beatles here, a bit of T-Rex there, a smattering of Rolling Stones almost everywhere, the Oasis sound a hodge-podge of every British rock band that mattered. It works a lot better live than it does on record.
Let's hope it doesn't take another 13 years for these guys to make it back here -- but at least by then we'll be ready for "Britpop nostalgia."
Now what better act to open for the bad boys of British rock than the bad boy of American alt-country - Ryan Adams?
It was a perfect fit. Adams and his Cardinals specialize in the same sort of jammy, jangly tunes where every available space is stuffed with riffs. Call it the "wonderwall" of sound, if you want. The only thing that identified the band as country - a genre Adams is on record for hating - was a pedal steel in the band, just another riffing source for a thick, three-guitar sound.
The singer - a polite and humble fellow not at all like he's depicted in interviews - led his guys through a succession of solid, satisfying grooves, fortified with plenty of sweet back-up vocals and generous helpings of noise. Subject matter tended to be introspective - with lines like "all my life I've longed for forgiveness" or "down in a hole feeling so small" or "trying to find a peaceful song to sing when everything goes wrong" in a song that ironically wasn't peaceful at all. Excellent stuff.
Well, it ain't country. I'm not even sure it was alt-country. At least Adams doesn't have to worry about hating himself.
IN THE SEATS
11,400 in Rexall
A decade after Britpop is declared dead, it lives again in Edmonton
Oasis (Producer), Oasis (Main Performer), David Batchelor (Producer), Mark Coyle (Producer), Mark Coyle (Engineer), Mark Coyle (Mixing), Anjali Dutt (Engineer), Owen Morris (Producer), Owen Morris (Mastering), Owen Morris (Mixing), Owen Morris (Production Concept), David Scott (Engineer), Paul Arthurs (Guitar (Rhythm)), Liam Gallagher (Vocals), Noel Gallagher (Guitar), Noel Gallagher (Vocals), Noel Gallagher (Vocals (Background)), Tony McCarroll (Drums), Paul McGuigan (Guitar (Bass)), Anthony Griffiths (Vocals), Anthony Griffiths (Vocals (Background)), Roy Sping (Engineer), Roy Spong (Engineer), Dave Scott (Engineer), Brian Cannon (Art Direction), Brian Cannon (Design), Brian Cannon (Concept), Brian Cannon (Cover Design), Michael Spencer Jones (Photography)
In 1967, Roger McGuinn laid down the blueprint for rock immortality in The Byrds' "So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star." The process, according to McGuinn, was an arduous one, involving taking "some time," learning "how to play," and generally accepting the prolonged pace at which stardom is achieved. Nearly two decades later, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher turns that road-tested advice onto its proverbial head. "In my mind my dreams are real," he exudes during DEFINITELY MAYBE's opening track. "Tonight, I'm a rock 'n' roll star." This is not a newcomer's brash, hollow hype; it's a statement of arrogant confidence.
Much of DEFINITELY MAYBE, written with tons of '60's Brit-pop appreciation by guitarist Noel Gallagher, reflects the band's poses. The songs are about what they like ("Cigarettes & Alcohol"), who they want to be ("Rock 'n' Roll Star," "Live Forever"), and what they want to avoid becoming ("Married With Children"); and they defy turning into typical rock star cliches only through sheer will, as well as simultaneously pretty and edgy guitars.
DEFINITELY MAYBE makes it supremely obvious that Oasis have studied the lessons of the English rock aristocracy--drawing on influences as superficially disparate as the Beatles, T. Rex and the Buzzcocks--and have learned them well. Nevertheless, it'll take some time to see whether or not the Gallaghers have rendered Roger McGuinn's blueprint anachronistic; DEFINITELY MAYBE confirms that they do begin with a more complete package than most.
"YOU WONT HAVE as much fun with him," whispers Liam Gallagher as his big brother ambles into view. "He's too serious." It's the end of a rambunctious morning with the Oasis frontman. In a wide-ranging interview we have touched on his new aftershave, his new teeth and even The Man Upstairs. With several gibbon-walk circuits of a see-through box in their London management offices, Liam prepares to leave, exuding a playful disdain at the arrival of "the sensible one."
I watch Noel half raise a hand in silent greeting through the glass. Suddenly the door opens, there's sound and he's on the threshold. Our eyes meet and the famous monobrow furrows.
Am I the guy from the last Q interview? All that rowdiness in the pub round the corner?
"So you were the c**t asking all the questions about my ex-missus?" he demands.
"You've cost me a lot of f**king money."
The publicist intervenes.
Wasn't it just some cheeky picture captions?
"No, it wasn't," says Noel.
Read rest of this Interview Classic from 2005 HERE and check out the Oasis Gallery HERE
Octobers Q Magazine Special offers two spectacular covers , one with Noel and one with Liam - plus a host of stars are lined up to talk about their favorite Oasis tracks.
Remember when Jay-Z covered the Oasis song "Wonderwall" at Glastonbury as a means of retaliation/tribute after Noel Gallagher made statements in the press to the effect that a hip hop act should not headline the rock-oriented Glastonbury? The controversy resulted in an entire mash-up album combining Jay-Z's rapping with Oasis songs.
As it turns out, many others have chiseled their names onto Oasis's "Wonderwall." Roni Brunn from Brand Records assembled an Opentape mix consisting of 17 versions of the song including covers by Thom Yorke and The Posies, Cat Power, Metallica (comedic style), Pavement and a particularly rousing live rendition from The Beastie Boys. The mix also contains a few mash-ups of the song, with The Jackson Five LCD Soundsystem, Green Day and, of course, Jay-Z.
A karaoke version of the song caps off this Opentape compilation so you can easily record your own version. It's all very worthwhile, especially on a Friday.
He's still crazy after all these years. Older, at 35, and perhaps a little wiser, Oasis' Liam Gallagher remains very much the uppity Manchester lad with a tree-sized chip on his shoulder.
"People think we're loudmouths," he said, of himself and brother/bandmate Noel. "We probably are loudmouths. A lot of Mancunians are very self-confident."
It has been exactly 14 years since Oasis barged onto the charts with its smash debut, Definitely Maybe, on Aug. 30, 1994, leading the charge for the genre known as Britpop. Alongside bands such as The Verve, Pulp and long-standing rivals Blur, the group provided an alternative to the rise of grunge in North America, by drawing influences from British rock groups of the '60s and '70s.
Liam Gallagher of Oasis: "People think we're loudmouths. We probably are loudmouths. A lot of Mancunians are very self-confident."
Oasis returned in 1996 with (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Those first two albums took the top two spots in a recent poll by Q Magazine and HMV to determine the top 50 British albums of all time (with two other Oasis albums landing in the top 25). The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide over the course of its career.
On Oct. 6, Oasis will release its seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, leading one to wonder if the group has finally turned the page on the media-saturated roller-coaster ride of fights, expletives, drink- and drug-fuelled tirades, breakups and makeups that have made it one of the most notorious British bands of the last two decades.
At the centre of the controversy are the Gallaghers' much-ballyhooed ego battles, particularly Liam's loose-cannon persona, which spares no one, not even - especially not - his older brother.
Reached by phone last week at his England home, the singer was as candid and off-the-cuff as might be expected.
"It's f---in' heavy, man," he said, describing the new album. "It's very good. There are beautiful songs. Noel wanted to write songs that are a bit more groovy. I don't know - it sounds like Oasis. I don't care, as long as the songs are good."
Noel pens six of the album's 11 tracks, with Liam providing three and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell each writing one. While he has been getting more confident in his songwriting, Liam is not one to analyse his own creative process:
"I don't know what any of my songs are about," he said. "I don't sit down to write about anything. They're about whatever you want. I don't pick subjects, I just start."
That attitude sums up Gallagher's reactionary approach to life. He doesn't think, he just does, letting the pieces fall where they may. While he has been writing more songs of late, he has no delusions, leaving the bulk of Oasis's musical direction to his brother.
His relationship with Noel is a twisted yin-yang to which, despite their protests, both are inextricably bound. Noel the songwriter needs Liam the singer and vice versa, the former's emotive anthems require the latter's inimitable mix of vulnerability, defiance and whining conviction. As much and as often as the two siblings have shoved away from each other, something always pulls them back together.
Oasis continues to this day because, though the Gallaghers have not quite patched up their differences, they have learned to function despite them.
They have agreed to disagree, often vehemently.
"We don't speak that much," he said. "We don't need to. We only speak about music. It's cool. It's professional. What's the point of speaking? We don't have much to say to each other. We don't shoot the breeze. We never did that much talking. We're not lovers anyway.
"We do hang out, we're just not buddy-buddies. We're not little f---ing nerds. We're men. We don't go to the pictures. We'll have a beer, but we don't sit together eating popcorn."
Gallagher denies there is any lingering animosity between the two: "There's no tension. It's all cool. We just don't speak to each other. It's a lot easier."
As to defining what has been at the root of their many misunderstandings over the years, he was surprisingly forthright. "It's just me being a little mad bastard," he confessed, "and him not being mad. There are things I don't like about him, and things he doesn't like about me. He wants to be me. I don't want to be him."
Old rivalries die hard, and a little brother's button-pushing provocations may never die. Liam has driven Noel over the edge many a time, leaving their musical partnership in near-shambles at times. But they have always found the will and the way to pick up the pieces.
"I didn't join this band to split up," Gallagher said. "We're not splitting up. We have lots of fun. We wouldn't be doing it otherwise. . . . I want to be doing this in 20, 30, 40 years. I love being in this band. There are loads of people in bands, and loads who don't love it. I love it. It's cool as f--k. If the Stones and Neil Young are still out doing it, I don't see why we shouldn't."
Like the Rolling Stones, the Gallaghers may well find a way to move beyond the wild days of their youth and become an enduring act.
The band seems to have emerged from a mid-career funk that saw its 2000 album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants receive mixed reviews. Its 2002 effort, Heathen Chemistry, and 2005's Don't Believe the Truth inspired more positive reactions - if not the frenzy of the band's heyday - and Gallagher is optimistic about Dig Out Your Soul.
"It's a great album," he said. "It's a proper album. It's where we should be. We couldn't have done better. They're great songs, with great players and singers."
One of those singers is Noel, who lends his soft croon to the dreamy Falling Down (available now via iTunes). Liam's voice can be heard on the psychedelic, anthemic first single The Shock of the Lightning (which has leaked online but will be officially released Sept. 29).
"It sounds exactly like Oasis, with more keys and strings," Gallagher said of the album. "The sound is massive. It's really big."
He contrasts that with the output of the current crop of young rock bands:
"I don't think it's gotten better. No one's writing big songs, classics. It's fast-food music. I'm glad the Verve got back together. And Kasabian is all right. Otherwise I'm not interested."
On his path from feisty young man to grumpy not-so-young man, Gallagher has mellowed somewhat. But as evidenced by this interview, he's still got some spark left. And he plans to use it.
"I'd like this to carry on the way it is," he said of the band, "to make more music, and get bigger. I don't think we're big enough yet. The hunger's still there. We're big, but we want to be big everywhere. We want everyone to hear us."
But though he is keen to keep on rockin', he is no longer such an enthusiastic proponent of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. He is off the drugs and booze - for the most part. "Absolutely," he said, with a chirp that blurred the line between enthusiasm and sarcasm. "Nice, clean, healthy living.
"(I don't do it) as much as I used to," he continued. "I was just bored s---less of drinking and going to pubs and clubs. I'd rather hang with the kids and the missus."
Gallagher is the father of two sons, aged seven and nine, and a 10-year-old daughter, (allegedly conceived during an affair in L.A. shortly after he married first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997) all from different mothers. In February, he married Nicole Appleton, his girlfriend of several years (and mother to his second son, Gene), in a small ceremony at Westminster Register Office. Noel was not invited.
Oasis is pleased to announce a rare club show in New York prior to the release of their upcoming album. This intimate show will take place at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Friday September 12th.
The appearance at NY’s Terminal 5, which will be re-configured for the show, provides an extraordinary opportunity to see Oasis perform new material from their forthcoming studio album “Dig Out Your Soul” to be released Oct 7. on Big Brother Recordings/Reprise.
To apply for the chance to purchase tickets exclusively through oasisinet.com, click here!
Registration will close at midday on Wednesday the 3rd September. Successful applicants will be notified by email.
this is what you get when you send a Jonas Brothers fan to an Oasis gig to write a review for the local web ezine.....IMO, webby L4E
There was time when a ticket to an Oasis gig was an all-access pass to a world of possibilities. After all, one of the Gallagher brothers might berate the audience, or quit the band, or maybe even assault a band mate with a tambourine.
And to think those were the good old days.
It’s not that the Gallagher brother haven’t flirted with greatness – they have – but no matter how many hits a band has, and no matter how many albums it sells, Oasis is proof that the ups and downs that come with battling booze, drugs and each other just isn’t conducive to being consistent.
Exhibit A: Oasis’ gig Wednesday night at GM Place.
With a crowd barely big enough to fill half the stadium, Noel and Liam’s greatest feat was managing to play an entire set without once acknowledging each other. These two are so disconnected they won’t even risk glancing in each other’s direction, in fear of accidental eye contact. The only thing worse is Liam’s disconnect from the audience, which often borders on outright apathy. When not singing directly into his mike, Liam spent most of the night with his back to the crowd, staring at the large LED screens, occasionally sipping his water at the drum kit or just sauntering around on stage wasting time until his whiney vocals were once again required.
The four other players in Oasis – really, who knows who they are, since more members have left this group since Quitters Anonymous meetings were permanently suspended – might as well be digging graves and, by the vacant looks on their collective faces, punching a clock just might bring them more joy.
But perhaps that’s what happens when you’re just the hired help and your two bosses are the much-maligned brothers Gallagher.
Perhaps, like the audience, the band is just biding its time until either Liam or Noel goes berserk and punches one of the crew. And honestly, that might have been kind of cool to see.
After all, it would have been the most exciting thing they’ve done in years.
The bickering Gallagher boys of Oasis are just the latest in a long line of rock 'n' roll sibling rivalries
These days, it's all about the "bromance" -- that new strain of male bonding on display in buddy flicks like Superbad.
But in rock, brotherly love has always been the exception to the rule. And few acts epitomize sibling rivalry better than Oasis, the Brit-rock legends (and self-described "best band in the world") whose musical achievements are somewhat dwarfed by whatever miracle it is that keeps Noel and Liam Gallagher from killing each other.
So in honour of the Gallaghers -- who play MTS Centre this Monday -- we take time to salute six acts whose "love your brother" skills could use a little work.
THE EVERLY BROTHERS
Their harmonies were heavenly, but offstage, there was little love lost between brothers Don and Phil Everly. Tensions between the two apparently escalated when their stars began to wane in the late '60s, culminating with an infamous onstage split in '73, when Phil signalled his exit by smashing his guitar and storming off. Poor Don was left to finish the show by himself, telling the crowd, "The Everly Brothers died 10 years ago." Another 10 years would pass before the two spoke. But they patched things up in 1983 -- releasing a new album and taking part in a well-received reunion -- and are rumoured to be working on a new record.
THE BEACH BOYS
Again, the sunny harmonies of this summer-crazed California act -- at first comprised of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, plus cousin Mike Love and family pal Al Jardine -- belied a strain that still exists between surviving members. Though the Wilsons once presented a united front -- perhaps due to the abuse they suffered at the hands of their father -- Brian's drug use and deteriorating mental state caused fissures. The acrimony was compounded when Love started dismissing Brian's Pet Sounds-era output as "ego music." By the time Dennis drowned in '83, the camps were deeply estranged. Love and Brian (Carl died of cancer in '98) reunited for a promo stunt two years ago, but judging by the lawsuits Love has filed over the years, it's doubtful they'll ever get those good vibrations back.
The razor-sharp edge of anthems like You Really Got Me helped usher in a new age of gritty garage-rock, but that same edge applied to the turbulent relationship between Kinks frontman Ray Davies and his little brother Dave. The tensions -- further fuelled by Ray's eccentricities and Dave's all-round daffiness -- inspired many of a Kinks tune (like the '66 track Two Sisters, in which a married woman covets her sister's freedom), and caused both brothers to quit the band at various junctures. Despite all the enmity and onstage shouting matches, one always got the sense the two brothers completed each other. And that theory is certainly supported by a recent Sun interview with Ray in which the icon dropped hints about the possibility of a reunion.
THE JACKSON 5
Just like The Beach Boys, pint-sized Motown faves the Jackson 5 had a less than idyllic childhood. And just like Brian Wilson, cutie-patootie Michael Jackson quickly started to outpace his older brothers, setting the stage for a state of estrangement that has continued throughout the decades. Nowadays, it's tough to know which is the more aggravating factor -- Michael's eventual rise to superstardom (which hit its apex in the mid-'80s, the same time he quit the group), or his latter-day descent into cartoon craziness. Whatever the case, another reunion seems about as likely as Michael getting back his old nose.
THE BLACK CROWES
OK, so the simmering tensions between Chris and Rich Robinson have yet to erupt to the level of the above acts. But by now, the constant clashes between the two are as integral to their backstory as spliffs, Southern rock and smelly looking clothes. And while the two don't play up their differences to the extent as, say, Canuck alt-popsters Tegan and Sara -- whose passive-aggressive back-and-forth is a featured facet of their stage banter -- they're also not above slyly acknowledging it, as they did when they co-headlined the Brotherly Love tour with a certain band of bickering Brit-rockers.
That would be the Gallaghers, of course, whose much-publicized feuds have resulted in insults, fisticuffs, and a big fat question mark hanging over the band for much of their career. Forced to share a room as kids, Noel and Liam developed a taste for antagonizing each other, and many of their early shows came to a halt when the two started brawling onstage. Noel has twice quit the band -- once after a scuffle involving a tossed chair, and again after a fight spurred by a comment Liam made about his wife. But for now the brothers appear to be on solid ground -- perhaps because they now speak to each other as little as possible, according to Liam. Let's just hope they can keep it that way until Tuesday.
01.- Rock & Roll Star 02.- Lyla 03.- The Shock Of The Lightning 04.- Cigarettes & Alcohol 05.- The Meaning Of Soul 06.- To Be Where Theres Life 07.- The Masterplan 08.- Songbird 09.- Slide Away 10.- Morning Glory 11.- Ain't Got Nothin 12.- The Importance Of Being Idle 13.- Wonderwall 14.- Supersonic 15.- Don't Look Back In Anger 16.- Falling Down 17.- Champagne Supernova 18.- I Am The Walrus
With supporting acts Matt Costa and Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, the Britpop mainstay awes a sold-out crowd.
Bathed in violet light, the stage of Seattle's WAMU Theater was set last night for an evening of prodigious musicianship from fabled Britpop stalwarts Oasis, who began the North American leg of their world tour to a sold-out audience.
Solo artist Matt Costa, with his raspy yet beautifully crisp vocals and understated acoustics, opened the show, followed by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, who took the stage for an all-out detour from Adams' alt-country style into fully-fledged rock territory, replete with drilling drums, dueling guitars, and tremendous, gospel-eque harmonies. Adams' wistful vocals and melodic guitar playing threatened to steal the entire night's show -- but as proved later, no one can take the limelight from the Gallagher brothers.
With a frenetic blast of beautiful noise, Oasis began their lightshow-infused set with "Rock'n'Roll Star," reminding the audience just who the night's headliners were and why. Though known for being aloof, Liam Gallagher belted out his vocals with gusto, providing energetic counterpoint to brother Noel's lilting melodies. Liam fronted favorites like "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Slide Away," and "The Meaning of Soul," while Noel took center stage and offered gorgeously lush vocal and acoustic guitar arrangements on "The Masterplan" and "Wonderwall."
New material, including "The Shock of the Lightning" off the forthcoming album Dig Out Your Soul, was interspersed throughout the set, showcasing the band's masterful subtlety and restraint coupled with their unparalleled exuberance for loud, feedback-laden rock.
The show concluded with a cover of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus," bringing a fitting end to a show that sparkled from start to finish. On opening night, Oasis' proved themselves to be an ever-evolving band whose talent and skill never fails to awe and amaze.
------------ Oasis opens a '90s rock 'n' roll time capsule
"It is so cool," North Carolina singer-songwriter Ryan Adams said as he took the stage Tuesday night, "to be here with one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time."
Such a bold claim (Oasis? One of the greatest of all time? Really?) might have caused some head-scratching outside WaMu Theater, but inside nothing could have been more obvious to the sold-out crowd.
Concertgoers stomped and whistled their approval as Adams and his band referenced a host of bands that could give Oasis a run for their GOAT-money -- Television, The Replacements, the Stones, the Grateful Dead. There are countless bands arguably better than Oasis, but like many songwriters (Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, to name two), Adams is mesmerized by the effortlessness of the Brits' driving songcraft. Famously, Cuomo has scholarly binders dedicated to unlocking the mystery of Oasis' hits, something Adams probably would do if he had anything of the scholar in him.
Adams' songs, such as "Cold Roses" and "Rescue Blues," will never achieve "Champagne Supernova"-level radio play, but they are fine pop specimens nonetheless. The Cardinals' melodies and amphitheater rock tunes furthered the work of warm-up act Matt Costa, a honey-voiced Californian whose affable set echoed Jack Johnson as much as the Fleet Foxes.
After a short intermission, a backlit Liam Gallagher strutted on stage in an ascot and leather jacket, still very much the rock star given to preening and posing. As a group of bewhiskered blokes in the crowd began chanting "O-a-sis, O-a-sis," running back and forth trying to start a wave, the band launched into "Rock 'n' Roll Star" from the 1994 album "Definitely Maybe."
Hearing such a throwback felt like being at a strange historical re-enactment, an exhibit called "When Oasis Roamed the Earth." Even though Gallagher's countrymen Coldplay are the current saviors of the record industry, they'll never approach the level of fame Oasis had in the mid-'90s. Oasis' monolithic anthems were inescapable then, causing much of the overheated British press to believe the band was bigger than The Beatles. That seems so strange 15 years on, but the band has a certain power.
Now, Oasis' music can sound as much like Motley Crue as the Fab Four, especially when it's unmoored from '90s nostalgia. On Tuesday, the band churned through 10 songs ("How many albums do they have?" an incredulous fan behind me asked) before launching into a few songs from "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"
That album has to make the band a little bit bonkers, since it's not all that different from the subsequent albums -- singalong choruses and major-scale melodies abound -- but no band could ever hope to achieve the success of "Wonderwall" once, let along again. That pop masterpiece is Liam and Noel Gallagher's "Freebird," and they dutifully played it near the end of the set, sending lighters up throughout the crowd as Liam's nasally voice rang out, "I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now."
Travis Nichols is a Seattle writer and critic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the rapid sell-out of their UK arena tour this coming autumn, the Gallagher brothers and co have announced that they will be playing a special open air show at the Eden Project.
Despite recording twice at Sawmills studio at Golant, near Fowey, in 1994 and again 10 years later, the band have never played in the county.
The gig will take place on Saturday, September 27, and will be filmed for global broadcast by none-other than MTV!
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Oasis kicked off their world tour in Seattle last night (August 26).
The band - supported by Ryan Adams - played the city's WaMu Theater as they got their 2008 dates underway.
Opening with 'Rock N Roll Star', the band included the likes of 'Lyla', 'Slide Away', 'Supersonic' and 'Wonderwall' in the set along with new songs 'The Shock of The Lightening', 'Ain't Got Nothin'', 'To Be Where There's Life' and 'Falling Down' among others.
Noel Gallagher also performed an acoustic version of 'Don't Look Back In Anger'
'The Masterplan', 'Champagne Supernova' and 'Cigarettes And Alcohol' also featured.
Closing the show by returning to their traditional final song, a cover of The Beatles' 'I Am The Walrus', Noel introduced the crowd to new drummer Chris Sharrock, who was playing his first full gig for the band.
However Gallagher jokingly warned the audience not to get used to the new man behind the kit because Oasis were "trying to break Spinal Tap's record" for number of drummers.
The setlist from last night's Oasis show in Seattle.
01.- Rock & Roll Star 02.- Lyla 03.- The Shock Of The Lightning 04.- Cigarettes & Alcohol 05.- The Meaning Of Soul 06.- To Be Where There's Life 07.- The Masterplan 08.- Songbird 09.- Slide Away 10.- Morning Glory 11.- Ain't Got Nothin 12.- The Importance Of Being Idle 13.- Wonderwall 14.- Supersonic 15.- Don't Look Back In Anger 16.- Falling Down 17.- Champagne Supernova 18.- I Am The Walrus
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Following the rapid sell out of their UK Arena tour this coming Autumn, Oasis have announced that next month they will be playing a special open air show at the Eden Project in Cornwall. This show comes before their UK Tour gets underway and the release of their new album 'Dig Out Your Soul'.
Oasis’s first ever gig in Cornwall will take place on Saturday the 27th September and will be filmed for global broadcast by MTV. Tickets for this event WILL NOT be available through the usual outlets. Instead applicants will have to register online at Oasisinet to go into a draw for the chance to purchase up to two tickets for this very special concert. Registration opens at midday Friday the 29th August until midday Friday 5th September. Successful applicants will be notified on Monday the 8th September and will have a period of four days to purchase their tickets.
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In preparation for the release of the brand new Oasis album "Dig Out Your Soul" we're delving into the Planet Rock archives to bring you an incredible treat.
In December 2006 Oasis band leader Noel Gallagher took some time out to play an intimate live show in Melbourne, Australia. This show has since been one of the rarest, most sought after and talked about live recordings of Noel's best songs.
Only six tracks were ever broadcast but now we have the concert in full for your watching and listening pleasure.
01. (It's Good) To Be Free 02. Talk Tonight 03. Fade Away 04. Cast No Shadow 05. The Importance Of Being Idle 06. Listen Up 07. Half The World Away 08. Wonderwall 09. Whatever 10. Slide Away 11. Strawberry Fields Forever 12. Don't Look Back In Anger 13. Married With Children
Ladies and gentlemen click here and enjoy the full show! (Australia only)
Noel Gallagher from the 50 million-selling band Oasis has been chatting about piracy on the UK’s Radio 1. He jokes about mainstream journalists asking him about non-existent leaks from the new album and encourages everyone to download the music of rival bands. Overall, he’s pragmatic and upbeat, looking forward to filling his swimming pool with Evian mineral water.
Gallagher Sooner or later, this type of article will cease to be news. In fact, so many artists are speaking out about file-sharing in a positive or at least pragmatic way that by this time next year, we’ll probably be writing about artists who don’t have something to good to say, such is the shift in attitudes towards P2P.
Big names like Nine Inch Nails, 50 Cent, Joss Stone, Duffy and Travis have all had positive things to say recently.
But before supporting file-sharing becomes mainstream and we don’t have to report it anymore, Noel Gallagher from the 50 million album-selling band Oasis has been chatting with Zane Lowe from the UK’s Radio 1 about many things, including (of course) file-sharing.
Whilst discussing the forthcoming Oasis album, Gallagher notes that a reporter from a UK national newspaper called him, explaining that the tracks had already been leaked onto the Internet:
“I had a guy from a national newspaper track me down and say ‘Have you got any comment to make? All of your new album has come up on the Internet!’ and I was going, ‘It’s impossible, it’s ludicrous’, because only four or five people had copies. So I said ‘Read out the song titles that are up on the Internet’ and he read out the track-listing from the last album! So I was like, ‘That’s on the Internet is it? It’s also in HMV - in the ‘O’ section…..you idiot.”
So, how would Noel have felt if the tracks from the new album had really leaked onto the Internet? Would he get angry?
“No, it’s one of those things,” he told Zane. “If it’s out there and you can get it, you know, go ahead. I’m certainly not going to get into Lars Ulrich mode about this.”
Unlike singer Duffy, who has been enjoying downloading for some time now, Noel doesn’t partake himself: “It’s well documented, I don’t even have a computer and I don’t get involved in that type of gear,” he told the Radio 1 host.
But what does Noel think of other people sharing music via P2P?
“If people are willing to have faceless CDs like that in their collection, good for them. It would be absolutely ludicrous for a rock-star to demand that people pay money for albums because the kids haven’t got that much money to pay for an album, so if they can find it for free, go ahead! But don’t do it on Oasis records though - because that’s against the law.”
Not missing a chance to have a little rivalry with other UK bands, he encourages file-sharers to look at some other bands instead: “Pinch as many Kaiser Chiefs as you like - and the Pigeon Detectives - but don’t nick any Oasis!”
The new album, Dig Out Your Soul, is out on October 6th 2008. Noel would like everyone to buy it since he says he is “down to my last £4 million”. If that wasn’t bad enough, he says he needs to “keep the Evian water topped up in my swimming pool.”
Feuding Gallaghers keep their distance in advance of Oasis tour in Canada: Liam
TORONTO — The album is ready, the Canadian tour is imminent and the insults have been flying for weeks.
Brit loudmouths Oasis are kicking off their Canadian tour Wednesday with the requisite boasts about their upcoming disc and potshots at acts like Coldplay, Radiohead and Amy Winehouse.
Such outbursts are par for the course with the outspoken Gallagher brothers, whose reputation for shock and awe dates back to their earliest days.
But frontman Liam Gallagher says from his London home that despite all the ballyhoo, he's been tamed by age and family life, having married his longtime Canadian girlfriend Nicole Appleton, the former All Saints singer, in a private ceremony earlier this year.
"I'm sick of drinking and smoking . . . you know what I mean," Gallagher says in an expletive-riddled phone interview.
"I've calmed down drinking," he says in his thick Manchester accent. "I don't really smoke as much as I used to and I'm just looking after myself a bit better. For me and my children. I just want to live forever, man, I don't want to be not well."
Still, avowals of a more balanced outlook come amid a slew of heavyhanded insults he and his brother have reportedly levied in recent days. Last week, the Guardian quoted Gallagher as calling Coldplay and Radiohead fans "boring and ugly," while older brother Noel made headlines after a BBC Radio 1 interview in which he compared the troubled Winehouse to a "destitute horse."
But as often as they tear a strip off others, the Gallaghers are notorious for feuding among themselves. That's something that will likely never change, says 35-year old Liam, noting the wild pair have settled into a truce of sorts that centres on as little contact as possible.
"We don't really speak that much, there's nothing to say," Gallagher says of 41-year-old Noel, the band's principal songwriter behind such monster '90s hits as "Wonderwall," "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Supersonic."
"We speak if the music ain't right, we sort of pull each other aside and go, 'Look, you're doing that wrong or you're doing that right' and that's it really. ... We see enough of each other on the stage."
"I'm cool with it, there's things he don't like about me, there's things I don't like about him. I refuse to be like him and he refuses to be like me."
In the past, spectacular Gallagher blowups derailed several public appearances and tours, with Noel quitting the band following an onstage row in 1994, Liam backing out of a U.S. tour in '96, and Noel walking out on a European tour in 2000.
Things have calmed considerably since then, with recent tours passing without incident.
Tensions obviously remain, though. The elder Gallagher wasn't even at Liam's wedding - but then again, neither was anyone else. Gallagher says he kept the ceremony secret from everyone in an attempt to keep paparazzi at bay.
"I'm a pretty private person," says Gallagher, who wed the Toronto-raised Appleton on Valentine's Day.
"The minute you tell someone, someone tells that, and then you end up ... paranoid and blaming people. So I thought the best way to do it was to tell no one."
Meanwhile, it seems that he, Noel, bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer have found a bit of spirituality. Most of the songs on their new disc, "Dig Out Your Soul," deal with religion in one way or another, but none of that was planned beforehand, says Gallagher, who wrote three songs. Bell and Archer each contributed one.
"We're not God-heads, and we don't go to church or anything," Gallagher says of the coincidence.
"It's just, we're talking about love, life, religion, death, but not in a morbid way. Angels and shit like that; it is what it is."
Gallagher's track "I'm Outta Time" includes a radio clip of John Lennon speaking shortly before his death in 1980. But he says it's not meant to be an ode to his musical hero, as some British press have suggested.
"People are sort of going on about this tribute to John Lennon - it's not a tribute to John," Gallagher says.
"If I tried to write a song about John Lennon it'd . . . sound ridiculous. So it's just a song, man. You know, people will have to get what they get from it, you know what I mean. I hate when people say 'it's about this, it's about that' because instantly people stop using their imagination and you just look for that."
Likewise, Gallagher isn't one for over-thinking a straight-ahead rock show. He's not fond of stage "gimmicks," he notes, preferring his signature pose in which he sings with his head angled upwards toward a mike on a stand, hands clasped behind his back.
"I'm the only who's doing that - everyone's throwing moves and throwing their arms about," says Gallagher, slipping into another rant.
"I'm sick of all these. Everyone that's in a . . . band these days, as soon as they open their mouth their hands go up in the air. . . . They all think they're Jumping Jack Flash, man."
"When it's got to rock, it's got to rock and when it's got to chill, it's got to chill, man. And I'm pretty good at both, I think."
Oasis kicks off an eight-concert Canadian tour Wednesday with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, Ont., Ottawa and Montreal.
German Radio to Broadcast Oasis Gig in Cologne Live
Oasis will play their first show in mainland Europe to accompany their brand new album 'Dig Out Your Soul' in the intimate surroundings of the Gloria Theater in Cologne on September 29th in a performance recorded exclusively for Eins Live.
The concert will be broadcast live across Germany from 9.00pm CET on the following radio stations: Bremen Vier, Das Ding, MDR Jump, N-Joy, Radio Eins, Unser Ding, and You FM as well as stations throughout Europe via satellite.
This will be the largest ever live radio broadcast of a single artist concert in Germany due to the collaboration of the eight participating stations. Stay tuned to your local participating station for a chance to win tickets to the show.
Oasis gets back to its stripped-down rock roots on "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7 via Big Brother/Warner Bros. in the United States. The 11-track set is led by the strident rocker "The Shock of the Lightning," which is already racking up airplay on stations like KVGS Las Vegas and WFNX Boston well ahead of its late September release date.
The album begins with the two-chord dirge "Bag It Up", harking back to "Columbia," from the band's 1994 debut, "Definitely Maybe." It is followed by the insistent "The Turning," which winds its way down to "Blackbird"-style finger-picking and an outtro of passing traffic and car alarms.
The sludgy, Noel Gallagher sung-"Waiting for the Rapture" nods to the Beatles' "Come Together," while the clap-and-stomp blues rock of "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" and the boogie vibe of "The Nature of Reality" extend the back-to-basics feel of the album.
Elsewhere, the Liam Gallagher-penned "I'm Outta Time" incorporates an audio excerpt of a John Lennon BBC Radio interview just days before his 1980 death, and the Noel-sung "Falling Down" nods to the beats from his prior collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, "Setting Sun." Fans who pre-order the new album on iTunes will receive this track as an immediate download.
Noel penned six of the first seven songs on "Dig Out Your Soul," with Liam responsible for three others and bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer handling one each.
Oasis begins a short North American tour with Ryan Adams Aug. 26 in Seattle. This morning, tickets for the band's 18-date October U.K. run sold out completely, according to a spokesperson.
Oasis' first UK tour since 2006 sold out within an hour of going on sale this morning (August 20).
All 180,000 tickets for the 18-date tour were snapped up by fans over the phone and internet - with no reported network problems.
NME.COM also understands that several thousand fans queued for tickets outside London's Wembley Arena, Bournemouth and Sheffield.
A spokesperson for Oasis said: "The demand for tickets this morning was just immense. All the ticket sites slowed down severely but nothing crashed and the system worked very smoothly. We want to thank the fans for their patience and look forward to seeing you all at the shows."
Oasis' new album, 'Dig Out Your Soul', is released on October 6.
Fans of rock giants Oasis will be gearing up for a ticket frenzy today as both their Halloween shows at the Odyssey Arena go on sale.
The world-famous rockers will be back in Belfast for two nights at the Odyssey on Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30, as revealed by the Belfast Telegraph last week.
And tickets are expected to sell out in record time.
The last time Oasis played Belfast, December 18 and 19, 2005, they broke all previous box office records, selling out tickets in 14 minutes.
Queues of fans were expected to form outside ticket retail outlets from the crack of dawn today, while telephone and internet lines were also expected to be kept busy throughout the morning.
Last week Oxegen headliners Kings Of Leon sold out their two Irish shows at the O2 in Dublin on December 19 and the Odyssey on December 20. All 23,000 tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale across Ireland at 9am.
The Oasis tour — expected to sell out across the UK — will coincide with the release of the band’s new album Dig Out Your Soul, on October 6.
Oasis release their new single, The Shock of the Lightning, on September 29, ahead of the album launch.
Aberdeen Fans Queue Long Hours
Mad for it Oasis fans queued through the night to get their hands on tickets for their heroes long awaited return to Aberdeen.
The Gallagher brothers will be making their fourth trip to the North-east this autumn.
Oasis will play two nights at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 1 and 2.
The scramble for the 17,000 tickets began this morning at 9am.
No more than 500 tickets for each night were available to buy at the venue.
Thousands of other fans were expected to book via the internet or by phone.
Both gigs were expected to sell out in minutes
via L4e / sources: belfasttelegraph.co.uk & eveningexpress.co.uk
Noel Gallagher has revealed why he named the new Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul.
The guitarist said the name was born from the lyrics of a track Gem Archer wrote after the band failed to come up with a suitable title.
"The title is actually referring to DJing when you're putting on some Motown," Gallagher said. "The DJ digging out his soul."
He also admitted Oasis settled on the title because he "ran out of ideas".
"Originally it was going to be called Bag It Up and then it was going to be called Shock Of the Lightning and then it was going to be called Standing On The Edge Of The Noise," he said.
"I couldn't think of any ideas and then somebody had just taken bits of the lyrics out and Dig Out Your Soul was what came up. I was like, 'You know what? Titles become themselves'.
"Definitely Maybe isn't a great title but if the album is good enough it'll become itself. Dig Out Your Soul is not the best one but Dig Out Your Soul was the best one on a day when we had to choose one."
The Oasis guitarist also revealed that the band have experimented a lot more on the new record, with Gallagher even taking up stick duties on three of the songs.
"I was playing some drums on some demos left over from the last record.
"We sent them to (producer) Dave Sardy and he was like, 'Wow have you got any more songs like this? We should make a record like this'.
"And then going back to the stuff we ditched in the past we were like, 'Yeah we could do something with that or do something with this'.
"Slowly but surely it all started to change from a traditional British rock album to this whatever one we would describe it now.
He added: "It's got a drum solo in it, I don't know the last time there was drum solo on one of our records. I'm not really a Keith Moon drummer, I'm a Neanderthal, I'm a basher. I just stick to the backbeat."
Despite the public spat which broke out earlier this year between the Oasis guitarist and Jay-Z over the rapper's appearance at Glastonbury, Gallagher said it was blown out of proportion and he had "nothing but respect for the rapper".
Noel: "It's ludicrous, absolutely ludicrous, Coleen McLoughlin musn't have had any scent out that week or something.
"The broadsheets just took it and ran away with it, 'How dare you say hip-hop is not allowed at Glastonbury'.
"Those people that write the newspapers, they demand that rock stars don't have a big ego but when someone makes a flippant comment and it becomes a national issue, what am I to think? "Who cares what I think?
"Well obviously everybody. Bearing that in mind can everyone go out and buy our new record when it comes out please. I'm down to my last £4 million."
Last week, Gallagher appeared on Chris Moyles' breakfast show after staying out until 6am in the morning and he took a few digs at the Kaiser Chiefs, Amy Winehouse and Scouting For Girls.
But speaking on Radio 1's Zane Lowe show, he said he had "no recollection" of what he said.
"I don't really remember a great deal about that interview to be honest," he revealed.
"I have no recollection of actually being in the studio. All I know is what I said was printed in the paper the next day.
"I kind of take my own disclaimer on that, that morning. If someone starts firing other people's band names when you've been out all night drinking Jager bombs..."
Despite his tongue lashing he praised The Coral and The Chemical Brothers and revealed that a host of other bands have remixed tracks from their forthcoming album.
He added: "We've remixes done off this album by Primal Scream, Death In Vegas' Richard Fearless and producer Jagz Kooner.
"It's all our mates and I just knew they couldn't mess it up and I knew I was going to like what they've done because I've known those people for so long and I love what they do."
Tickets for the band's arena tour went on sale this morning and sold out within four hours.
Oasis, the native Manchester, England band, is coming to Belfast, Ireland to play two shows promoting their forthcoming album, 'Dig Out Your Soul." Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 20, for the band's shows at the Belfast Odyssey Arena on October29 and 30.
Although no dates for shows in Dublin have been announced, Oasis is expected to confirm two shows at Dublin's O2 venue in the coming weeks. The rumor is Oasis is expected to play in Dublin on the 26 and 27 of October.
The band will begin its United Kingdom and Ireland leg of their tour in Liverpool on October 7 and finish in Glasgow on November 5. In promotion of their new album, Oasis will also release a special, limited edition box set of 'Dig Out Your Soul, on October 3, right before they kick off their tour.
Noel Gallagher has said the forthcoming Oasis album, 'Dig Out Your Soul', will see the band taking a newer, less mainstream direction.
Speaking to BBC 6Music, Gallagher explained that he does not expect to hear too many of the new songs on radio because of their more experimental nature.
"It's not Britpop, let's put it that way. It's not our usual thing," he explained. "It's just really exciting, three of the tracks have got two drummers on, me and Zak [Starkey] playing drums. Some of it sounds a bit glam. There's no pop singles on it. I'd be amazed if anything else gets on the radio past the first single."
Gallagher said that the album takes influences from The Stooges, The Doors and The Pretty Things - as well as John Lennon.
"There's a kind of piano-y, John Lennon-y obligatory plod-away song in the middle, which Liam wrote," he said, "and that's to break up the two sides which are pretty intense, and it's full-on from the start to finish."
'Dig Out Your Soul' is released on October 6. It's preceded by a single, 'The Shock Of the Lightning', on September 29.
Oasis is scheduled to play the first show on European ground after their North American leg on September 29th .The Setting will be the intimate club Gloria in Cologne , Germany and it is part of a 1Live radio concert broadcast.
A small amount of tickets are available at the Gloria Box office only and will go on sale at noon , Tuesday the 19th. 1 ticket per person.
via L4e / source : einslive.de ( thanks @ sadsong.net)
Band’s return trip to Aberdeen expected to sell out fast
Legions of Oasis fans will queue through the night next week to try to get their hands on gold-dust tickets for their heroes’ long-awaited return to the Granite City.
The Gallagher brothers confirmed yesterday they would be making a fourth trip to the north-east in the autumn.
Oasis will play two nights at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s Press and Journal Arena on November 1 and 2.
The scramble for the 17,000 tickets begins at 9am on Wednesday.
No more than 500 tickets for each night will be made available to buy at the venue that morning. The rest can be booked on the internet or by phone.
Both gigs are expected to sell out in minutes.
Brian Horsburgh, acting manager director at the AECC, said last night: “Oasis still hold the record for selling tickets faster than any other concert in Aberdeen, which was as fast as physically possible at the time.
“We have absolutely no doubt that tickets will be sold out within a couple of hours on Wednesday.”
The UK tour will coincide with the release of the Manchester band’s seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, due out in October.
Noel Gallagher revealed details of the tour during a lively appearance on Chris Moyles’s Radio 1 breakfast show yesterday. Not one for keeping things bottled up, he went on to reveal his feelings for pop contemporaries Amy Winehouse (“a destitute horse”), Mark Ronson (“he needs to write his own tunes instead of ruining everyone else’s”) and Scouting for Girls (“Scouting for Idiots”). He added: “I did drugs for 18 years and I never got that bad as to say ‘You know what? I think the Kaiser Chiefs are brilliant’.”
Other big names heading for the AECC this year. Others include Stereophonics and Paul Weller.
Tickets for Oasis, priced £38.50 each plus booking fee, can be bought by calling 08444 779000 or from www.aecc.co.uk after 9am on Wednesday.
The gigs are for over-14s only and under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket sales are limited to four per buyer, or two in person at the AECC.
So get ready to hear proclamations of their "best album since 'Definitely Maybe'". Oasis are about to release a new record, new single, new look and all the usual hype will accompany it. Their new single 'The Shock of The Lightning' is now being played on radio. You'll not be surprised to hear it's not very good.
Noel Gallagher says it was written in 10 minutes. It sounds like it, especially the awful awful lyrics. Here's a sample "Love is a litany/ A magical mystery". Or how about "I got my feet on the street/ But I can't help flying". Wait, wait, there's more. Noel seems to have been watching 'Back To The Future' lately. Try this: "there is a time machine/ Up on the silver screen".
There's the argument that Oasis should be taken for who they are and what they do. They're not Radiohead. They're not progressive in any way. They're not even Coldplay, but surely they could have come up with something better than this?
On a daily basis, demos, EP's, etc from new bands flood into my postbox and a good few are better than this offering from Oasis. Yeah it's faster than their normal pacing. It's re-injected the punky, Sex Pistols element which b-sides like 'Fade In/Out' had. Indeed it sounds like a lesser b-side from 1994/ 96-era Oasis.
The production too is better and much closer to capturing the band's energy, ala their first two albums with Liam's vocal deeper in the mix than on more recent records.
Of late his sneer has been pushed to the fore, covering everything else. There's also a nice vocal moment when Liam says the title for the first time in the tune. It's not a short snappy song either (as the title might suggest) with the album version coming in at nearly five minutes.
It should sound good live, but it's not a good song. As far as Oasis comeback singles go it's up there with 'The Hindu Times'. Indeed this could be their worst comeback single yet....nah, 'The Hindu Times' was pretty poor wasn't it? (I digress, I must have blocked out 'Go Let It Out'). What do you think? email@example.com
Oasis are in talks to play Manchester, the M.E.N. can reveal.
It had been thought the Gallagher brothers had snubbed their home city after confirming their long-awaited British tour - without a date here.
And with the first night of the 18 dates scheduled to take place in Liverpool, it appeared as if salt had been rubbed in the wound.
But now the Manchester Evening News has learned there are plans for Noel and Liam to play a major venue in the city, although the exact location has not been finalised.
A spokesman for the band said: "On the last tour they played to nearly 200,000 people in Manchester and the shows were amazing. This is the first leg of a very long tour."
The British dates will follow the return of the band from a string of concerts in North America and Canada, which will take in cities such as Seattle, Vancouver and Toronto.
They begin the British leg of the tour on October 7 - the day after the release of their latest studio album, Dig Out Your Soul. It will take in Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Belfast, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
In 2005, Oasis - fronted by City fans Liam and Noel - played three sell-out nights at the City of Manchester Stadium. In 2006, Noel returned to perform in fan Ben Hayes' front room, in Poynton, as part of a competition run by BBC Radio 1.
Ben, 23, who now lives in Didsbury, has already seen the band play 11 times.
He said: "I am sure they must have a surprise for Manchester.
Oasis' Special Edition Box Set Features 9 Bonus Songs
Oasis are pleased to announce that for the first time ever they will be making available a special, fully-loaded limited edition box set of the new album, 'Dig Out Your Soul'. This amazing looking set contains four heavyweight 12" vinyl discs, two CDs, a DVD and hardback book all housed within an embossed hardback box. In fact this is the only way to get the album and the complete set of all 9 bonus songs, remixes and films that were recorded during the album sessions. This unique collectors item will be available for purchase exclusively through the band's website, and can be pre-ordered now, for worldwide delivery on Oct 6 Click Here open in new window to find out more and order while stocks last!
“The Shock of the Lightning”, the first single to be taken from the band's new album, will be released on September 29th. CLICK HERE to pre-order now and receive instantly the Chemical Brother remix of 'Falling Down'. The album “Dig Out Your Soul” is released on October 6th on Big Brother Recordings worldwide.
Shoulder box containing large quarter bound hardback book including hardback 24 page book, 2 x CDs, 1 x DVD & 4 x heavyweight LP Plus a Digital Download Of The Album
Release Date 6th October 2008 Tracklisting CD 1. Bag It Up 2. The Turning 3. Waiting For The Rapture 4. The Shock Of The Lightning 5. I'm Outta Time 6. (Get Off Your) High Horse 7. Falling Down 8. To Be Where There's Life 9. Ain't Got Nothin 10. The Nature Of Reality 11. Solider On
Bonus CD 1. Lord Don't Slow Me Down 2. The Turning (The Jagz Kooner Remix) 3. Boy With The Blues 4. Falling Down (The Chemical Brothers Remix) 5. The Shock Of The Lightning (The Jagz Kooner Remix) 6. I Believe In All 7. To Be Where There's Life (A Richard Fearless Production) 8. The Turning (Alt Version#4) 9. Waiting For The Rapture (Alt Version#2)
DVD (Region 0) 1. Gold & Silver & Sunshine (The Making Of 'Dig Out Your Soul') 2. The Making Of 'The Shock Of Lightning' Video 3. 'The Shock Of The Lightning' Video
Vinyl 1 Side 1 1. Bag It Up 2. The Turning Side 2 1. Waiting For The Rapture 2. The Shock Of The Lightning 3. I'm Outta Time
Vinyl 2 Side 3 1. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady 2. Falling Down 3. To Be Where There's Life Side 4 1. Ain't Got Nothin' 2. The Nature Of Reality 3. Soldier On
Vinyl 3 Side 5 1. Lord Don't Slow Me Down 2. I Believe In It All 3. Boy With The Blues Side 6 1. Falling Down (The Chemical Brothers Remix) 2. To Be Where There's Life (A Richard Fearless Production)
Vinyl 4 Side 7 1. The Turning (The Jagz Kooner Remix) 2. The Shock Of The Lightning (The Jagz Kooner Remix) Side 8 1. The Turning (Alt Version#4) 2. Waiting For The Rapture (Alt Version#2)
Noel Gallagher's Drunk Interview with Chris Moyles
Noel Gallagher celebrated finishing his latest album in true rock'n'roll style last night by staying up most of the night on a booze bender after a fan club gig - before going to do a live interview on Chris Moyles' Radio 1 breakfast show while still drunk.
The Oasis mainman had been partying at London's swanky Groucho Club until daybreak before arriving at the Radio 1 studios just up the road off Great Portland Street.
Noel has just finished the latest Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul, which comes out on October 6 and the first single from it, The Shock Of The Lightning, was played for the first time on Moyle's show too.
In the meantime, here's a transcript of some of the best bits of their hilarious conversation.
(About what Noel did last night)
Moyles: What time did you get to bed?
Noel: Quarter to six, (slurring) what time is it?
Moyles: Seven minutes past eight! So you only got two hours?
Noel: Yeah just a bit
Moyles: So were you out last night?
Noel: We did a little gig for about 150 fans from our fan club, the last 150 fans left who could be bothered to turn up...A friend of mine, the 2nd biggest ticket tout in England, officially, was having a fight with some Spanish guy, the 3rd biggest Spanish ticket tout, they were rolling around the street at 6 o clock in the morning, not the best...that's just an average night, I was saying to my missus, I'm too old for this. Scully good morning, he'll still be up trying to justify his obnoxious behaviour. He's just got back from ticket touting in China, he made seven grand.
Moyles: What concert was it?
Noel: It was the opening ceremony. Let's just say we don't condone ticket touting, first come first served, second come pay over the odds, the early bird catches the ticket.
(About the new single)
Noel: Took me ten minutes to write that...eight minutes.
(About the new Oasis drummer)
N: It's Zack on the drums, but now we got a new drummer (Chris Sharrock), I've known Chris for years, when Alan White got the boot by Liam, we actually offered it to Chris, I've known Chris for years, he's brilliant, no we don't audition, it's like you know the songs, can you do it? Can you put up with Liam's nonsense 7 hours in a row? Yep.
C: Zack is now Robbie Williams' drummer, a straight swap
N: Robbie's still officially on strike isn't he? From being brilliant
C: Can't believe you nicked Robbie's drummer!
N: He's just a session drummer, he's not Robbie's drummer
Oasis will return from North America to play a major UK Arena tour in support of the release of their eagerly awaited new album “Dig Out Your Soul”. The tour gets under way in Liverpool on October 7, the day after “Dig Out Your Soul” hits the streets. It will continue for a full month with the band playing 18 shows across the UK, and is the second leg of their 14 month world tour.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9.00am Wednesday 20th August through www.oasisinet.com and the Oasis lo-call 24hr ticketline 0844 412 4638. Ticket purchasers using the band's web site will also be able to pre-order the first single from the album; “The Shock of the Lightning”.
Full itinerary and box office details follow:
Tuesday 07 & Wednesday 08 October - Liverpool Echo Arena 0844 8000 400 / www.accliverpool.com