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Liam Gallagher has praised Oasis's new drummer Chris Sharrock for his drinking capabilities.
Gallagher said that he admires Sharrock, Oasis's fourth drummer, for drinking Stella and not being a "lightweight".
"It was cool when we went out the other night," the frontman is quoted as saying. "Chris didn't chew me ear off, he let me speak. He drinks Stella and he's not a f**king lightweight. He can handle his beverages and he can play the drums."
Gallagher added that he does not care about Sharrock's previous attachment to Robbie Williams's live band.
"F**k the Robbie Williams thing," he said. "F**k Robbie. Chris was the only thing that was good about that clown."
via L4e / source: digitalspy.co.uk / photo: Live4ever.us
As another year ends and 2009 looms, we wondered if you've all been paying attention for the past 12 months.
In amongst all the political, environmental and economical changes around the globe, there has been a great deal of celebrity tittle-tattle to report about.
From pop pregnancies, marriages and splits to high and low notes, it has been a rock 'n' rollercoaster ride of fun, horror and giggles.
But will you be the party animal or the party pooper when it comes to the quiz to end all pop quizzes this year? Put down your eggnog and switch off the TV, for it's time to test the old grey matter.
Here we go...
1. He started the year under house arrest and left a Paper Trail at the top of the charts. Name the rapper. a. Diddy b. Lil Wayne c. T-Pain d. T.I.
2. And what's his real name? a. Cliff Richard b. Cliff Dive c. Clifford Harris d. Sean Combs
3. What are the names of the Jonas Brothers? a. Kevin, Nick and Joe b. Sting, Andy and Stewart c. Peter, Paul and Mary d. Joe, Nick and Steve
4. Who played alongside rocker Jimmy Page in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics? a. Britney Spears b. Beyonce c. Leona Lewis d. Madonna
5. Who Kissed A Girl? a. Britney Spears b. Katy Perry c. Leona Lewis d. Natasha Bedingfield
6. Who won the Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist a. Gwen Stefani b. Leona Lewis c. Kylie Minogue d. Jennifer Lopez
7. What was significant about the release date of Britney Spears' new album, Circus a. It was her youngest son Jayden James' birthday b. It was her wedding anniversary c. It was her 27th birthday d. It was Halloween
8. Who did Ashley Simpson marry in 2008? a. Pete Wentz b. Joel Madden c. Nick Jonas d. Benji Madden
9. Who hosted this years MTV's Video Music Awards? a. Britney Spears b. Jimmy Kimmel c. Russell Brand d. Justin Timberlake
10. And who was the event's big winner? a. Britney Spears b. Christina Aguilera c. Mariah Carey d. Natasha Bedingfield
11. Duran Duran played at the wedding reception of this multi millionaire? a. Flavor Flav b. Flavio Briatore c. Fabio d. Steve Bing
12. Coldplay reached number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic with which album? a. Viva Las Vegas b. Living La Vida Loca c. Viva La Vida d. Vauxhall Viva
13. Which pop icon celebrated her 50th birthday this year? a. Kylie Minogue b. Janet Jackson c. Madonna d. Sheryl Crow
14. Which stunned duo won the Oscar for Best Song? a. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart b. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale c. Glenn Ballard and Alanis Morissette d. Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova
15. What is Kid Rock's real name? a. Robert Ritchie b. Rich Roberts c. Kid Rock d. Robert Smith
16. Which surfer dude had a massive hit album with Sleep Through the Static? a. Eddie Vedder b. Matthew McConaughey c. Jesse McCartney d. Jack Johnson
17. Name Guns N' Roses long awaited comeback album a. Turning Japanese b. China Syndrome c. Chinese Democracy d. Shanghai Surprise
18. He was fired from Slash's Velvet Revolver and reunited with his old band after a spell behind bars. Name the rocker. a. Axl Rose b. Scott Weiland c. Joe Elliot d. Scott Staap
19. And name the act he reunited a. Stone Temple Pilots b. Def Leppard c. Guns N' Roses d. Creed
20. Kid Rock's worldwide number 1 hit All Summer Long samples which two songs? a. Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird b. Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London c. Werewolves of London and Freebird d. Stairway to Heaven and Freebird
21. Who had the original hit with Werewolves of London? a. Warren Zevon b. Cat Stevens c. Sir Paul McCartney d. Joe Jackson
22. What made Oasis cancel a handful of British and Northern American tour dates in 2008? a. The Gallagher Brothers fell out b. Liam Gallagher broke his toe c. Noel Gallagher was attacked on stage d. Not enough tickets were sold
23. What do Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus have in common? a. They both dated a Jonas brother b. They recorded a song together c. They both front Disney shows d. Their real first names are Destiny
24. She won 5 Grammy awards, but was unable to attend the show so performed via satellite. Name the singer. a. Hilary Duff b. Amy Winehouse c. Duffy d. Jessica Simpson
25. AC/DC skidded back into the charts with which highly anticipated new album? a. White Ice b. Ice Ice Baby c. Black Ice d. Slippery When Wet
26. Which Queen of Soul recorded her first Christmas album in 2008? a. Tina Turner b. Beyonce c. Aretha Franklin d. Diana Ross
27. Which punk icon now fronts an ad campaign for Country Life butter? a. Johnny Rotten b. Billy Idol c. Mick Jones d. Henry Rollins
28. 24 Hours is the latest album from which Welsh singer? a. Duffy b. Aled Jones c. Catherine Zeta Jones d. Tom Jones
29. Which heavy rockers released their 9th studio album Death Magnetic in 2008? a. Metallica b. AC/DC c. Nickelback d. Pearl Jam
30. And name the frontman of this group a. Eddie Vedder b. James Hetfield c. Chad Kroeger d. Angus Young
31. Which country star fathered Nicole Kidman's daughter Sunday Rose? a. Toby Keith b. Brad Paisley c. Keith Urban d. Kenny Chesney
32. What song did Justin Timberlake retire during an October show in Las Vegas? a. Cry Me A River b. Bye, Bye, Bye c. SexyBack d. Rock Your Body
33. What U.S. city do The Killers call home? a. Las Vegas b. Los Angeles c. New York d. Seattle
34. She announced her retirement at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, and her pregnancy weeks later - when she decided to bounce back. Name the Sri Lankan pop star. a. Leona Lewis b. M.I.A. c. Estelle d. Pink
35. Mariah Carey married which rapper/actor? a. Nick Cannon b. Chris Brown c. T.I. d. Usher
36. Which soul star was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008? a. Aretha Franklin b. Whitney Houston c. Natalie Cole d. Diana Ross
37. This rock supergroup performed for the last time at New York's Madison Square Garden on 7 August. Name them. a. Led Zeppelin b. Duran Duran c. U2 d. The Police
38. Which rock icon celebrated his 60th birthday at the beginning of December? a. Ozzy Osbourne b. Robert Plant c. Roger Daltrey d. Roger Waters
39. Which Take That star became a dad for the second time in November? a. Mark Owen b. Gary Barlow c. Jason Orange d. Ronan Keating
40. Which singer/actress portrays R&B legend Etta James in new movie Cadillac Records? a. Jennifer Hudson b. Kelly Rowland c. Beyonce d. Whitney Houston
1. d 2. c 3. a 4. c 5. b 6. c 7. c 8. a 9. c 10. a 11. b 12. c 13. c 14. d 15. a 16. d 17. c 18. b 19. a 20. b 21. a 22. c 23. a 24. b 25. c 26. c 27. a 28. d 29. a 30. b 31. c 32. c 33. a 34. b 35. a 36. c 37. d 38. a 39. a 40. c
Former HELLOWEEN heavy metal singer Michael Kiske recently spoke to Roadie Crew magazine's Thiago Sarkis about Kiske's favorite albums of 2008. Michael's choices for the best albums of the year include the new Oasis disc, his comments follow below.
* OASIS' "Dig Out Your Soul":
Kiske: "When it comes to the legacy of THE BEATLES, no one beats OASIS. They are not the most original band in the world, and they know it, but they are in fact able to write songs that could truly be written by THE BEATLES, and that's a lot of fun to hear.".....
The Oasis lead guitarist dumped his holiday wishes on rollingstone.com recently.
"I'd like an iPhone, a laptop, a new haircut and a Christmas card that didn't say (bleeping) "Noel" on the front. That would be (bleeping) nice. Just one year. I always get this (bleep), right. And people go, "Did you get my card?". And you go "I dunno, which one was that?". "Oh, you must've seen it. It had Noel written on the front". "Really, and how many of those cards do you think I get?" That's right. All of them..."Oh, there's a card with my name on it, brilliant! That's from my parents. I'll thank them again for that. (Bleeping) pair of idiots".
via L4e / source: Chicago Red Eye / thanks @ L4e member MD
From Noel Gallagher's official Tour Diary on oasisinet.com
So that's that then. What a tour! Been to Vegas twice. Carried Ricky Hatton's belts out. Met David Beckham. Met Sly Stallone and that guy that says, "Let's get ready to rumble!" at the big fights.
Seen a great Beatles tribute band. Got shit-faced with Ricky in 2 different countries. Watched Tall Scratch set a new world record for speed dj'ing. Hung out with a Sex Pistol and an ex-Smith. Met up with old Russ' in Vegas. Seen De La Hoya get his face smashed in. Got more shit-faced with Ricky. Witnessed an actual miracle in the Playboy Bunny Club. Gasped at the glory of the mountains out in the big country. Froze at least one of my bollocks off in the arctic wastelands in the middle of nowhere. Met up with our old hippy brothers, The Black Crowes. Dj'd at a couple of radio stations. Seen Neil Young and we smashed it at the Garden.
Purchased: 1 Organ. 2 amps. 6 fx pedals. 2 pairs of trainers. 1 pair of jeans. 2 scarfs. 1 leather jacket.
Bought a book on The Who and read a book by that Jack Kerouac. Listened to a lot of cosmic space music from the cosmic juke-box. And fell in love with one truly great, great album (seriously - buy that 'Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble' record. NOW! Do it NOW!)
Now then. Been lost in the city for the last few days. Lots to tell. Where do we start?
Neil Young was fuckin' awesome. Outrageous even. The last true living legend. 63 years of age and he fuckin' smashed it. He finished his set with not one single string left on his axe! NOT ONE!! Immense.
Snowing again here. Had a sore head yesterday. Proper drink the night before. At the Beatrice Inn. Nice gaff. Typical NYC bar though. Pitch black. Strange people. Very tall.
I met a guy. French he was. Comes up to me and sez in a perfect Inspector Clouseau accent, "Do you remember me? We met in Camden town 15 years ago. I asked you for a light and you punched me in the throat and said, 'Go and fuck yourself, you fuckin' tourist!!' You don't remember?"
My missus is in town. Done a bit of freewheelin' round the Village yesterday. Got serenaded with Stevie Wonder's "Just Enough For The City" by a homeless (pretty good version actually). Shopped a bit for various kids.
Met up with Cool Prophet and Tall Scratch. Few drinks in the hotel bar and bedways.
Just leaving town for Philadelphia. 2 more gigs and that's it.
Looking forward to getting home. City are in crisis. They need me.
Demon seeds have always made the best rock stars. The Patriot Center's Saturday night double bill of Oasis and Ryan Adams was packed with bad actors and stunning musical moments.
Image was everything when Oasis broke out of Manchester, England, in the early 1990s. Singer Liam Gallagher's drunkenness and brawling with guitarist/brother Noel helped the band whup its less tabloid-friendly rivals, Blur, in the two-band battle for U.K. pop supremacy.
But Oasis hasn't stuck around this long because of its tabloid antics. Now it's about the songs, and Oasis rolled out a bevy of beauties for the packed Fairfax arena. The singalongs on oldies "Lyla" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" gave the venue a soccer-stadium feel. The melodic guitar wash of "Morning Glory" and "Champagne Supernova" still typify the Manchester sound.
Not that the boys are all grown up. Noel lamented that D.C. isn't the "murder capital of the world" as it was during his group's earliest visits to the area. And Liam, dressed like John Lennon in beat-up fatigues and sunglasses, was aloof and obnoxious, occasionally to a delightful degree.
Before the set-ending cover of Lennon's "I Am the Walrus," Liam told the crowd, "You've been great!" But before anybody could be fooled into thinking he's become a good guy, Liam added: "But not as great as us!"
Like many rockers before him, opener Ryan Adams wants to be Neil Young. Unlike the rest, he's got all the tools.
For 50 minutes, Adams stood in front of a cartoonishly oversize Fender amplifier reproduction (the same prop Young used on 1979's "Rust Never Sleeps" tour) and sang songs that were at once sad and beautiful and noisy as all get out -- much sadder, more beautiful and noisier live, in fact, than on record. For "I Taught Myself How to Grow Old," Adams, backed by the Cardinals, wore out his guitar strings and wailed in a Youngish falsetto. ad_icon
Adams's addictions and oddball behavior get as much attention as his musical brilliance. On this night he was annoying whenever he wasn't singing or strumming, and he babbled nonsense and giggled like a stoned college kid between every song.
"This song is about my favorite dune buggy," he mumbled before his recent gem, "Natural Ghost," which isn't about a dune buggy. But then the music started, and, oh boy, the world was a better place.
They should've called it the 2008 Tour of Emotional Well-Being. British rockers Oasis and American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams - famously mercurial personalities all - wrapped up a twofer tour Saturday night at the Patriot Center with nary a temper tantrum, brawl, argument or audience-member expulsion.
Mr. Adams, clean, sober and rightly proud of it, evinced a somewhat odd, giggly new high-on-life persona while onstage with the backing band the Cardinals. He was given to much digressive, while-we-tune-up banter that co-guitarist and comedic straight man Neal Casal gamely tried to rescue.
Yet the band, effortlessly, telepathically tight, erased any impatience in the rafters when it got around to the songs.
Its excellent new album, "Cardinology," got near-exclusive set-list love - from the mesmerizing, incantatory "Cobwebs" to the Meters-meet-Neil-Young funk of "Fix It" to the silly rocker I have tried but failed to resist, "Magick," whose lyrical hook ("What goes around comes around") has been driven into the ground - by my rough count - by Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Justin Timberlake.
No matter. That which is Cardinalized becomes timeless.
Mr. Adams apparently is so pleased with his current musical best buds that he all but ignored his pre-Cardinals existence. "Come Pick Me Up," that sublime, "Heartbreaker"-era ballad of betrayal and resignation, was the evening's lone treat from the back catalog.
To be sure, the Cardinals had only about an hour's worth of time onstage before they were ushered backstage and into Christmas break.
After the reset, headliners Oasis crashed into the spotlight with the bracing first song from the-first album, "Rock 'n' Roll Star."
Lead singer Liam Gallagher, wearing an Army surplus shirt and brandishing and biting a tambourine (he did everything except shake it) seemed to be in a constant state of agitation, frequently consulting the crew about stage monitor volume.
But a goosing of his brother's backside on one particular walk toward the mixing board made it clear Liam was as playful as he was pouty.
Noel Gallagher, the band's lead guitarist, chief songwriter and occasional singer, alluded to Oasis' longevity by mentioning that when the group first visited the Washington region 15 years ago, the city was the "murder capital of the world."
Now you're not anymore," Mr. Gallagher said. "What happened?"
The '90s, that's what.
With a new drummer (Chris Sharrock) and keyboard utility man known as the Shroud, Oasis has rather improbably shaken off its identification with that particular decade.
Unabashed plunderers of classic British rock, Oasis has, by stubbornly sticking around, seen talk of derivation and originality mostly melt away.
If they're not geriatric heroes themselves by now, the brothers Gallagher have lasted at least long enough to symbolize for fans that long-ago era in which people bought CDs.
The band's latest album, "Dig Out Your Soul," is a surprisingly solid and assured effort, with the Noel dictatorship having benevolently broken down to let in contributions from guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and brother Liam.
The latter tried out his Lennonesque "I'm Outta Time" on Saturday night and struggled to find the song's pitch.
Other new songs, including the lively first single, "The Shock of Lightning," fared better. "Waiting for the Rapture," Noel's rewrite of the Doors' "Five to One," was thunderous.
The Patriot Center's near-capacity audience was, well, rapturous at Noel's revelatory acoustic rendering of "Don't Look Back in Anger," singing the chorus, at Noel's urging, in collective harmony.
Performances of "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" were reminders of why Oasis' 1995 album, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" was greeted with such enthusiasm.
The set-closing cover of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" - bolstered by 10,000 koo-koo-ka-choos - recalled all the perturbation about source material.
In 2008, it's all water under the critical bridge: Oasis, a non-transcendent band with workmanlike chops and better-than-average songwriting skills, is here to stay.
If you're not OK with it, the Gallaghers are past the point of caring, if they ever did.
As Liam told Saturday's crowd, with characteristic snottiness: "You guys were great - but not as great as us."
Arrogant lads, gorgeous melodies, and a sing-along nation 20,000 strong.
Before Wednesday night's show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Liam Gallagher's contemptibility had just about slipped my mind. After all, it had been seven years since I last saw Oasis live.
It didn't take long for him to get back into my bad graces. The weirdly annoying rooster strutting, the Fonzie collar-flipping, the impassive stares into the audience, the sneering "fooks." Oh yeah, I remember this guy -- he's the arrogant bastard from Oasis.
If Liam were in almost any other band, he would be utterly unbearable. Instead, as the lead singer for one of the few remaining acts that can reliably pack an arena with rabid fans ready to sing the deep cuts, he's oddly compelling -- the embodiment of what makes Oasis interesting. These droogs write soaring, stomping, galvanizing rock songs. It's the songs that truly make their show worth checking out. Liam's passive-aggressive posturing is as much as these guys put out in terms of performance. Standing in one spot is to Oasis what scissor kicks were to David Lee Roth. But even though much is made of rock music as performance art, Oasis's set is a strong argument that, in the end, the music matters. "Wonderwall" and "Lyla" would've sounded awesome played by a troop of monkeys.
Instead, Wednesday night, those songs were played by five Brits in moptops -- and they sounded great. There's a line in the gorgeous "Don't Look Back In Anger" in which Noel sings, "So I start a revolution from my bed." On it's own, it sounds preposterous. Sung by 20,000 people, it sounds something like fact. Similar sing-alongs arose on "Champagne Supernova," "The Masterplan," and "Slide Away."
As pure pieces of rock'n'roll songcraft, those songs (among the band's best) are undeniably impressive -- full of fuzzy, descending chord progressions, crashing drum fills, psychedelic guitar breaks, and always gorgeous melodies, all delivered at full volume. And if newer tracks like "The Meaning of Soul" and "The Shock of the Lightning" didn't inspire mass chorales, they didn't send people streaming for beer either.
Though he might not have shown it, I suspect that even Liam was satisfied with that reaction.
Appreciate the huge group that showed up to say hello at the Pre Madison Square Garden L4e Party the other night. It's so good to get to know some of my loyal readers. Sorry I couldn't take time to talk to every single one of you but I hope you enjoyed the jukebox singalongs and souvenir t-shirts , till next time !
PS: Rina , I'm holding your cap for you, email me please.
It’s debatable who has fared worse in the continued effort by Oasis to break big in America – us or them. Ever since the early ‘90s splash with the masterpieces “Definitely Maybe,” and its even better follow-up “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?,” both the band and the fans in Philadelphia have had a rough go of it.
For the latter, the only opportunity to see the lads live has been a series of shoddy radio festival appearances with sets lasting well under an hour and consisting of only a few songs.
In 2001, on the “Brotherly Love Tour” with the Black Crowes, at the then Tweeter Center when its show clocked in at just less than 45 minutes. The following year, sold-out show at the Tower Theater was “postponed” a few days prior after singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher and bassist Andy Bell were involved in a car accident. That show was never rescheduled.
For the band, there’s the succession of critical disasters, beginning with the underrated but overproduced “Be Here Now” a decade ago and unenthusiastic reactions to each subsequent release.
Responses have ranged from indifference to head shaking as Noel and his brother Liam have continued with their over-the-top antics even as the group’s popularity has continued to decline, especially Stateside.
From the requisite Kinks-like squabbles between the siblings, to the slagging of nearly every artist who has blown up over the past decade, to the complete revamping of the band line-up, Oasis started to verge on the edge of becoming a parody of itself.
Thankfully, the tide has finally turned.
First came the 2005 release of its most critically acclaimed record in years, “Don’t Believe the Truth,” a rollicking, tuneful disc which at times recalls a cocksure strut ten years gone, something that’s been sorely missing from the Oasis repertoire. A handful of U.S. dates were announced, culminated with a stop in Philadelphia, and for the most part received rave reviews.
The trend has continued this year with the stellar “Dig Out Your Soul” album and its supporting tour, which touches down at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden tonight, one of only 11 North American dates.
The perpetually quibbling brothers Gallagher; Noel and Liam, have kept their fists down and energy up, with the Oasis looking and sounding the tightest they have in years.
Songs like the new single from “Dig Out Your Soul,” the swaggering rocker “The Shock of the Lightning” to Britpop classics like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” are sure to make this one of the final do-not-miss shows of 2008.
And yeah, it’s in Camden, which is a hassle and a half to get to at this time of year with the ferry not running, but what’s worse; fighting bridge traffic or maybe taking a chance on the PATCO line; or battling holiday shoppers at the mall the Friday before Christmas?
Oasis it is!
via L4e / source: Daily Times / Photo: Live4ever.us
Three years ago, I found myself on the Staten Island Ferry; drunk as the wait for a late-night New York City subway train is long. I had just left the Oasis concert on the Across The Narrows festival, hardly remembering any of it, owing primarily to the availability of too much free booze. For me, my memory of the "Don't Believe The Truth" era is as a result, a swirling confusion of emotional chaos better described as the "landside" the Gallagher brothers sing about in "Champagne Supernova." So last night, at Madison Square Garden, I decided to reclaim my Oasis concert experience by refraining from too much partying.
The result was total appreciation of watching a musical group at its most daringly professional and completely in control of its audience. Just as the Gallagher's approach to life has supposedly sobered-up, the experience of their music is similarly more clear. There are those who complain that Liam's vocal delivery these days seems belabored, as if he's constantly catching his breath. But from the perspective of the life long fan, and equally perpetual skeptic, his singing seemed more like an outright assault on the audience, and most certainly in a good way. The high points of emotion of the concert certainly came from the audience singing back at the band during "Wonderwall" and "Slide Away" moments. But the true revelation of what kind of group this now has become, came during the songs from the new album, specifically, the plodder "To Be Where There's Life." This song, one that even I, as a massive Oasis fan, dismissed as being "dull" or going nowhere, positively destroyed my sensibilities in its live incarnation. When the instrumental portion of the song takes over briefly, just prior to Liam snarling "Dig Out Your SOUUUUUL!" the subtle aesthetics, of the band positively killed.
Though my love of the band's personality sometimes colors my objective opinion of their music, it's hard not to hear the pathologically confident tone of Liam and Noel's life philosophy in their live delivery. Even years later, there are teenagers at their concerts, kids the age I was when I first heard "Morning Glory" screaming their heads off and hugging one another just when Liam moves a finger. All the while, these guys can casually break your heart with a "Masterplan" or a "Songbird" thrown in here, there, and everywhere.
In short, they do it for themselves, but if you open up yours ears a little bit, you can hear the same Noel Gallagher who wrote "Rock N Roll Star" when he was sell-all-your-clothes dirt poor. The self-belief of this band has made them more than just a good live act, but something more. Oasis reminds us, that like a certain syrupy political slogan, that "yes we can."
And they'll do it all while standing perfectly still.
Stature can say a lot. At last night's Madison Square Garden Oasis gig, opener Ryan Adams, never known as the quiet, non-effacing type (what with all the tumblr dice he used to roll online) left the banter to his Cardinals guitarist Neal Cassal, positioned himself decidedly out of the spotlight (except of course when he was, literally, spotlit), and more or less put in a shift. A Cardinology-heavy set (with a nice version of "Fix It") elicited some "woo's" from the early-arrivals; a shambolic take on "Come Pick Me Up" prompted the lady in front of me to pole dance on her boyfriend in the Credit Suisse fleece. While their psych-country sound certainly reached the luxury suites of the Garden, the Cardinals seemed non-plussed by the venue: You'd hardly think anyone was watching them.
Oasis' Liam Gallagher, on the other hand, prowled the Garden stage as if he was about to take part in a title fight, occasionally breaking off from the stoic frontman bit to pantomime jerking off at someone up front who was offending his delicate Manchester sensibilities, or to acknowledge some members of the armed forces in attendance by asking if they were "gay boys."
Liam's barely-literate-git routine has always been an essential counterpoint to his incredibly effective voice. When someone so coarse beautifully elongates the syllables in "Wonderwall"'s "there are many things that I'd like to say to you, but I don't know howwwwwww," it sounds all the more longing when you know the source.
Last night, however, as a result of some Dylan-esque re-imagining of catalog, or perhaps a lifetime of cigarettes and alcohol, Liam sang in clipped, abbreviated measures. The Oasis frontman backed away from the microphone abruptly, seemingly to catch his breath--this, evidently, has been a problem lately.
The band seemed equally labored. The first half of the set relied on their recently released Dig Out Your Soul, offering a driving "The Shock of the Lightning." After asking the crowd if anyone had attended the previous night's Neil Young concert, Oasis launched into a Crazy Horse-esque version of Definitely Maybe favorite "Slide Away." This signaled the sing-a-long portion of the evening: an acoustic take on "Don't Look Back in Anger," in which the more in-form (vocally) Gallagher, Noel, hardly needed to sing at all, thanks to crowd participation; a rockier than usual "Wonderwall" and a snarling take on "Champagne Supernova," the reaction to which caused even Liam to stand back and appreciate.--Chris Ryan, Village Voice NY
BACK WITH SNARLS AND SINGALONG HITS
You may not be familiar with the music criticism of one Daniel Sullivan, of Pickering, Ontario, but it was he who offered the most withering assessment of Oasis this year. During a September concert by the band in Toronto, Mr. Sullivan found his way onstage and then, from behind, shoved and knocked over Noel Gallagher, one of the two rambunctious, often disagreeable brothers who form the band’s core.
Oasis would finish the show, but Mr. Gallagher was hospitalized for several days, and the band canceled some tour dates, including what was to have been a relatively intimate show at Terminal 5 in New York City in September.
Even for Oasis, longtime troublemakers in Britain, this was an extreme response, never mind that the Gallaghers have styled themselves as the sort of louts more than ready to take on all comers. As public figures, the Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, need antagonists. Perhaps that’s because, as a band, Oasis has actually become quite temperate, as displayed during its sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
As ever, the band was dour to watch. When he sang, Liam leaned up and into the microphone, left hip jutted out. When not singing, he’d smugly stare down the crowd as the rest of the band finished a song. Noel, several feet away, stared mostly down at his guitar.
But when the band explored its catalog there were frequent reminders of why unpleasantness has never held it back. “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” inspired boozy singalongs. “Lyla” was transfixing and refreshing, a primer on harmony, and on a rancorous “Cigarettes and Alcohol,” Liam came alive like a schoolboy at recess.
On the three occasions when Liam left the stage to let Noel take the lead, the band lightened considerably. With the sneering brother gone, Noel’s penchant for gentle, Beatle-esque melody — on “The Importance of Being Idle” and “The Masterplan” — was both calm and alluring. After one of these stretches Liam returned to the stage to announce, “My kids have just fell asleep,” and it was tough to tell if he meant it as a statement of affection or as a slight to his brother.
Oasis recently released “Dig Out Your Soul” (Big Brother/Reprise), its seventh album and one of its least inspiring. Apart from “Waiting for the Rapture,” which featured enthusiastic, rigorous drumming by Chris Sharrock, the new songs here, especially “Ain’t Got Nothin’ ” and “To Be Where There’s Life,” were limp, and the guitarist Gem Archer and the bass player Andy Bell looked visibly bored playing them.
Ego isn’t much of a musical cushion, after all — the band’s traditional closing cover of the Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus” was bloated — and as time passes, the Gallaghers risk becoming little more than the sum of their pot stirring. Noel, in particular, has had a pugnacious year, taking shots in the press at the young British band Kaiser Chiefs (fair enough), the unoriginality of the soul music producer Mark Ronson (less so), Coldplay (too easy) and Jay-Z’s headline appearance at the Glastonbury festival (shamefully retrograde).
But here it was Liam who couldn’t resist a little rabble-rousing. He pointed out a pair of men in the crowd wearing formal military attire and said, tauntingly, “Gay boys, yeah?” During “Supersonic,” in between verses, he barked back and forth with an audience member, accompanying his words with notably uncouth gestures. Even though it felt pro forma, he was itching for a fight, perhaps to give the show some meaning.
Jon Carmanica / NY Times
O, BROTHER, THEIR ART - WOW!
OASIS singer Liam Gallagher and his guitarist brother Noel oozed pure cool throughout a tight two-hour gig at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
For all their bratty brotherly brawls and notorious backstage band unrest, under the lights at the Garden, Oasis projected a presence that was hip, snarky and occasionally lively. While this tour hasn't killed everywhere it's been, here in New York, the house was packed.
And when Liam posed the question, "Anyone here from England?" the cheers were so loud you'd have thought he was giving away free servings of bangers 'n' mash.
At this performance, Brits and Yanks alike were warm to the material from the band's Beatles-esque new disc, "Dig Out Your Soul." The audience was especially boisterous during the performance of "The Shock of the Lightning" played early in the set.
Yet it was the old, time-tested songs - such as a near perfect "Don't Look Back in Anger" and a perfect "Wonderwall" - that were clearly the songs for which the fans lusted.
Add the anthemic sing-along "Champagne Supernova" to those, and you had the Oasis trifecta.
Like Neil Young - who earlier this week closed his Garden show with a cover of "A Day in the Life" - Oasis obeyed the new MSG rule that all events end with a Beatles song. They played a blistering, manic version of "I Am the Walrus.
They brought it all : the swagger, the attitude , the hits and the sing alongs. Brit Rock legends Oasis performed a 'Supersonic' show to the sold out Garden in New York City last night. More reviews to follow.
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From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
Disaster struck last night. The fuckin' bus broke down. 4 hours kip was all we got 'til we ground to a halt in the middle of nowhere. Pitch-black and snowing sideways. Me, Tall Scratch and The Shroud had to pile on Romeo Dread's bus. Nightmare. I can safely say, "I bet that's never happened to Bono".
Didn't sweat it though. We're on the way to NYC, baby, and Neil Young's playing tonight. Can't wait. I fuckin' love that cat (and I'll tell him as much if we get to speak to him later).
Warrant Out For Man Accused Of Attacking Oasis Guitarist Noel Gallagher At Virgin Fest
A Pickering man accused of attacking Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at the Virgin Festival back in September is now the subject of an arrest warrant, after he failed to show up at a scheduled court appearance Tuesday.
Daniel Sullivan, 47, was charged with assault following the onstage brouhaha that saw Gallagher being shoved into a monitor during the band's festival-closing performance on Toronto's Olympic Island.
The attack occurred as the British rock band took the stage and began performing their hit song Morning Glory. Sullivan allegedly jumped through the barriers and onto the stage, tackling Gallagher mid-tune. Noel's brother Liam threw a punch at the attacker as security moved in and took the man into custody.
The guitarist suffered a broken rib and ligament damage in his fall, but the band gamely finished their set. They were forced to postpone the final Canadian date in their concert tour, however.
It's still not clear what motivated the attack.
Footage of the incident was caught on a cell phone camera and posted on YouTube
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American Porches , Charles Manson and Space Rock for Xmas
From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
Got that organ. Very fuckin' cool. Had to go to the guy's house to get it. Don't think I've ever been to an American's actual house. Can't remember being anyway. They do like a flashing, garden-bound x.mas decoration over here, don't they? They love the old Stars'n'Stripes too, eh? Every fuckin' house has got one on the porch (just in case one forgets where one is)!
Watched a couple of great documentaries about a couple of unsavoury American characters of the late 60s, early 70s. 1st one was about Jim Jones and the People's Temple (Google him, I can't be arsed explaining who he was).
The other one was about Charles Manson - whose bullshit, hippy rhetoric about revolution, free love and sex orgies reminds me (funnily enough) of my mate Russell Brand!
Great films though.
Talking of greatness, if you're wondering what to ask Santa for x.mas, ask him for an album called "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding In Your Mind (Vol 1. Space Rock)". It's a compilation album by someone called "The Amorphous Androgynous" (I'd hazard a guess that's a made-up name). I've had it on in the dressing room for a month now. It's one of the best things I've ever, ever heard. Go and find it NOW! It'll blow your tiny little minds.
In a bit.
P.S. Did you see that Arab slinging his flip-flops at Georgie-boy-Bush? Genius. Reminded me of what it's like playing "The Barra" in Glasgow!
LONDON, Ontario - Just in case there were any lingering doubts, Oasis still knows how to make an entrance -- and an exit.
The Gallagher brothers -- singer Liam and chief songwriter and guitarist Noel -- and their Oasis mates had both for 7,200 fans last night at the John Labatt Centre.
"This is definitely the last song -- you've been amazing," shouted Liam Gallagher who had been in full cheerful sneer most of the night. "Have a good Christmas . . . I am the Walrus," he said to complete the introduction to the magnificent finale of an extended encore.
A blazing revisit to the Beatles' classic had the fans ooing and wooing along with the chorus, completing a finale including two singalongs led by Noel (The Fans' Choice) Gallagher and a terrific Champagne Supernova with Liam back at centre stage and his brother soloing with power.
That was the exit.
The entrance by Oasis wasn't half-bad either.
Rock N Roll Star, as in "Tonight, I'm a rock n roll star," was the first song. That followed a crazed voice over the sound system saying "this is not a drill" and a huge blast of lights setting the stage for images of band and visuals on the video screens. Not bad as these things go was black-coat-clad Liam arriving at centre stage in full sneer.
I'm a rock star to I am the Walrus proved to be a journey worth waiting for.
That first insolent stroll -- and the cheers for Noel Gallagher's first solo of the night a few minutes later -- meant the years it took for the 1990s' powerhouse British rockers to play London were over.
The show was originally set for early September. But an on-stage attack on Noel Gallagher at a Toronto concert put the Oasis rocker in hospital with broken ribs and other injuries. The London date was postponed until last night. A Toronto area man was charged after the attack.
In a touching display of brotherly love between the oft-feuding Gallaghers, Liam attempted to come to Noel's aid -- even if Noel later derided his brother's attempt.
The brothers and Gem Archer and Andy Bell, who both joined in 1999, are touring to support the Manchester band's latest album Dig Out Your Soul (Warner). A touring drummer and keyboard player were in last night's lineup.
Dig Out Your Soul provided songs such as Ain't Got Nothin', Waiting for the Rapture and I'm Outta Time -- which had a lovely fadeout -- to the main set. The new album's Falling Down was there for the encore with Noel Gallagher singing.
The biggest hits were the Oasis trademarks including Morning Glory, Wonderwall and Supersonic. It didn't appear that the Manchester mates were doing anything special around the mid-set (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Oasis was playing the 1995 hit when Noel Gallagher was attacked and shoved into on-stage monitors.
The Gallagher brothers do bring something special to the art of talking on stage.
"Thank you very much. Good evening, London. How is everybody," asked Noel Gallagher early, breaking the Oasis code of silence sweetly.
Liam was characteristically unsweet. "How are (we) doing? We're all all right," he answered his brother.
"You're one of the . . . ugly lady birds," he said pointing to somebody in the audience.
Near the end, he sweetened up too. "This one's for you . . . because you're the one that's happy," he said, pointing somewhere else, to introduce Champagne Supernova. Liam even gently lobbed the tambourine he uses as a security blanket to a fan late in the show.
So that was Oasis -- still masters of the sweet and sour stage manner and with a songbook that rocks on and on.
Matt Costa opened. Second on the bill was Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, who used songs from their just-out Cardinology (Universal) in the early going. Last night, the effect of all the excellent noise from the Cardinals -- guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Brad Pemberton, pedal steel player Jon Graboff and bassist Chris Feinstein -- was mesmerizing. Adams is Adams, a Leonard Cohen for our time with a faster, wilder version of Tom Petty's band to keep him on track. Cardinology's Magick was the driving finale to their 50-minute set. But then the entire night was magical.
From Noel Gallagher's offical tour diary on oasisinet.com
It seems like I'm saying this a lot recently, but - fuck me - there's nothing going on at the minute. NOTHING.
Played Detroit last night. Got a day off today (in Detroit). It's a Sunday. Utterly soul-destroyingly dull. So dull in fact that I actually bought something off that ebay last night. A vintage Gibson organ. Very fuckin' cool. Gotta go and pick it up today at some fella's house. Thinking on..that should be quite exciting! Going to a real American person's actual house? Well, there's fuck-all else to do.
I'm currently watching some of that American Football. The New York Jets-V-The Buffalo Bills, in fact. I like it.
I'm one of the few Mancunians who actually understand it. It's a very simple game made extremely complicated by mathematics. For example, it's currently 14-3 to the Jets. It's 14.26 in the 2nd. The Jets have the ball on the 22 and it's 3rd down and 8. Erm..sorry?
After an attack by a hooligan in September, you might expect the Oasis guitarist to be more careful than usual when he plays London, Ont., tonight. Then again, he's not one to worry, Brad Wheeler writes
Before sitting down with him, if I had to describe Noel Gallagher.
I might have said something like "quotable British rock star" or "the talent half of the battling Oasis brothers" or "the bushy-browed Wonderwall writer."
I would probably have added that he fancies a pub session now and again, that he's a blokey football fan, that he picks the Beatles over the Stones, and that even though he's the band's guitarist he's a far better singer than his testy sibling Liam.
After meeting with Gallagher though, "unfussy, polite and unworried" would be attached to the full assessment. And, sure, I'd stick with "bushy-browed."
On the morning before Oasis played Toronto's Virgin Festival in September, Gallagher tended to the media.
The Manchester superstars were talking up their seventh studio album (the blues-stomping, psychedelic Dig Out Your Soul), and the headlining festival set on the city's Olympic Island would showcase the new material. "I have no idea who puts that stage up, or where those lights come from or how it all works," said
Gallagher, no micromanager. "It's not something I sit and analyze. Somebody else organizes it, and they point me to the stage. I just get up there and I do it. And I go get drunk and do it again the next day."
Until I mentioned it, nobody had told Gallagher that Liam wouldn't be fulfilling his share of interviews that day. "Oh, is he not feeling well," he asked, his voice dripping with something other than sympathy. "Well, he better be brilliant tonight hadn't he?"
Gallagher suspected his younger brother, bunked at another hotel, had over-socialized the night before. As it turned out, it would be Noel's condition, not Liam's, that mattered.
As we all know now, Oasis's performance was wrecked outrageously by a hooligan who violently charged Noel from behind on stage, sending the guitarist tumbling awkwardly into a bank of stage monitors, damaging his ribs in the process. It was a brutish, shocking incident, as YouTube videos show so clearly. After an interlude, the band finished its set in a subdued manner. A few gigs were cancelled as a wincing Gallagher recuperated.
The band has since resumed performing, including a concert tonight at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont., where, you might imagine, the slapdash Gallagher will pay more attention to security details than usual.
When Gallagher referred to being pointed to the stage, he was responding to a question on the rock 'n' roll grind, and the balance of family and professional life. He finds it easier than you might imagine to deal with the double routines, choosing to separate them, rather than straddle the divide.
"On the last night of the last tour, the very next day, when I get back to England, I'm just the guy who's got two kids then," Gallagher, 41, explains. "I spend time doing the things you would imagine a dad with a young family does."
And then, after a year or two of puttering, dad puts his songwriting hat on, which is the initial step back into the rowdy music life. Eventually an album is written, recorded and released, and then the pipes call. "My family knows," says Gallagher, dressed sensibly in jeans and a windbreaker. "Like now, for instance, I'm in a band and I'm on the road. And that's the way it's going to be for the next two years."
That's the way it has been since 1994, with the release of Oasis's breakthrough debut Definitely Maybe, continuing with the fellow mega-selling (What's the Story) Morning Glory in 1995 and Be Here Now in 1997. Asked about the pressure to produce material that measures up to those early albums, Gallagher says he doesn't feel it, that any monetary concerns were taken care of with Morning Glory. "If I wanted to take five years off after this record, I could do it easily."
If Oasis, notorious for its wild ways and sibling rivalry, were to break up, Gallagher still wouldn't fret. "If the worst was going to come, I can always pick up an acoustic guitar and do a gig anywhere in London," he says, not to boast. "I could sell out Albert Hall like that," he says with a dry snap of his fingers. (Okay, now he's boasting a little bit.) Noel did tour without Liam while promoting the band's rockumentary Lord Don't Slow Me Down in 2006, and he recently said he wouldn't mind seeing the four band members pursue their own projects after the current Oasis tour.
As of now, after a slate of European dates in January and a Japan tour to follow, Oasis is scheduled to launch its biggest-ever tour of open-air stadiums in Britain in the summer, closing with a pair of concerts at Wembley Stadium in July.
Gallagher has his music career and his domestic life, the two rarely meeting, even though Oasis typically breaks for a week for every three on the road. "I'll still be in rock-star mode," he says, referring to the monthly furloughs. "You can't be all things to all people all the time. You can't be on the road and try to be a good dad and a responsible adult."
Irresponsibility these days, as Gallagher tells it, runs mostly to drinking and related capers - "there's nothing else to do" - but not to the heavier stuff. "I've done all that," he admits, with a wave of his hand. "It would be quite sad if I was into drugs. I mean, what would you have done if your parents were into drugs when you were growing up?"
I had no answer, but I suspected Robert Downey Jr., in town at the time for the Toronto International Film Festival, might. Before I could suggest we ask the actor about all this, Gallagher, whose morning glory used to be cocaine, continues with what might wryly pass for a public-service announcement to school children. "There comes a point when you've got to grow up, you know what I mean? I'll leave the drug-taking to the youth, and get on with it."
If Gallagher isn't indulging in hallucinogens himself, Dig Out Your Soul is awash with psychedelic moods, starting off with the acid-rocked Bag It Up, with lines about freaks rising up through the floor and heebie-jeebies in hidden sacks. Gallagher describes it as "the Pretty Things vs. Pink Floyd on glue"; I would counter with "the White Stripes take a Magical Mystery Tour." Beatles influences abound elsewhere, from a guitar riff scalped from Helter Skelter, to a taped John Lennon spoken-word clip, to the Revolver-era existentialism of To Be Where There's Life.
On the whole, it's the most produced album the band has put out, with fade-ins, fade-outs and lavish, hazy textures. For all of that, the group's leader takes little responsibility. "It was great fun, but I'm not one for experimenting," says Gallagher, who does not own a computer (or even a driver's licence, for that matter). "I don't really have the time to sit around all day and make things sound like airplanes taking off. I'm not interested in effects pedals or anything like that, but, luckily for me, other people are."
Gallagher acknowledges and dismisses the material's spiritual bent in one fell swoop, pointing out that the lyrics of Waiting for the Rapture, The Nature of Reality and the album-closing mantra of Soldier On were written independently by himself, bassist Andy Bell and Liam, respectively. "We seem to have made a record with the most cohesive thread to it, and yet it all happened by accident.
"If I were to go away and write an album that I thought had a common thread to it," Gallagher continues, "for one, I'd pick the wrong thread, and two, I'd lose it after about three songs."
Non-conceptualist Gallagher acknowledges Dig Out Your Soul isn't the style of record Oasis fans have come to expect. He guesses the next album will be more "song-y" and melodic. "I write rock 'n' roll pop music that tends to be accessible to a lot of people," he says. "When I pick up the guitar, I'm not trying to challenge myself and write space jazz or anything like that."
Nor would anyone wish him to. Oasis fans would settle for a wistful singalong like Don't Look Back in Anger or the grand ballad Wonderwall. They'll probably come, either on a solo album or the next record from Oasis, don't worry. Gallagher himself isn't.
Oasis plays the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont., tonight at 7.
Noel Gallagher doesn't look back in anger. The concert tonight by England's Oasis in London, Ont., makes up for a show postponed from September, after the rock-star guitarist was attacked on stage at Toronto's Virgin Festival. Recovered from the blindsided assault, Gallagher recently commented on the incident publicly, saying that he actually didn't remember much about it. "I was just playing away in my own little world. I had my back turned, and the next thing I know it was total chaos all of a sudden."
Gallagher insisted he had no hang-over effects from the attack, physically ("It was two months with three broken ribs and five bruised ones") or mentally ("I'm not that fragile upstairs"). The alleged assailant, Daniel Sullivan, a father of three from Pickering, Ont., is scheduled to be in a Toronto court for a hearing tomorrow.
"Tonight," Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher sneered into the microphone at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night, "I'm a rock and roll star."
That he certainly is. Gallagher was put on this planet for the express purpose of being a rock and roll star, and he remains a fascinating, antagonistic, combustible presence on stage. But within the confines of a more-than-half-empty arena -- the reported attendance for Saturday's concert was 6,200, but it looked to be even less than that -- do we need to shift the definition of what constitutes a rock and roll star?
The economy has certainly taken a toll on local rock and roll shows; the black curtains that section off the upper deck have become a fixture at shows at the Palace. But even at the height of its popularity in the mid-90s, Oasis couldn't sell out the Palace, so why was it playing the venue now?
The empty seats dampened the mood in the room, and Oasis didn't go out of its way to heighten the crowd's spirits. The band members tend to be rather aloof on stage -- guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell pretty much just stand there, as does Noel Gallagher, the band's songwriter and leader -- so eyes tend to fix on Liam, who seems ready to storm off the stage at any given moment. He creates an odd dynamic with the audience, whether blankly staring down members of the crowd or proudly standing with his back to them, but damn if he doesn't do it with iconic style. To paraphrase M.I.A., no one on the corner's got swagger like Liam.
Even that tends to wear thin, however, and it wasn't enough to carry the show through the laborious sections of Oasis' one hour, 45-minute set. While new song "Shock of the Lightning" fits in with the band's most explosive material -- it will likely remain a fixture long after touring behind the band's current album "Dig Out Your Soul" is finished -- other new offerings dragged, including "I'm Outta Time" and "Waiting for the Rapture."
The opening suite of "Rock & Roll Star," "Lyla," "Shock of the Lightning" and "Cigarettes and Alcohol" kicked off the evening on a high, but the band droned its way through sluggish renditions of "Morning Glory," "Supersonic" and the crowd favorite "Wonderwall." Luckily, "Champagne Supernova" cut through the clutter, soaring to the great highs it does on record, while closer "I Am the Walrus" -- an Oasis standby for years and years -- delivered in typical fashion.
The brothers Gallagher were in amiable spirits, with Noel lightly chiding a fan for throwing a shoe on stage and Liam pantomiming sexual acts to several crowd members. But you couldn't shake the feeling the show would have played better in a smaller setting, as Oasis' arena days seem to have long since expired.
Openers Ryan Adams and the Cardinals were, too, dwarfed by the size of the Palace, though the band's electrifying one-hour set hit all the right notes. Half the material came from the band's recent "Cardinology," and the set shifted comfortably from bluesy country ("Two") to swirling rock (a ramped-up "Off Broadway").
Adams, who is as famously testy on stage as the evening's headliners, joked around with guitarist Neal Casal, with the free-flowing conversation ranging from Journey's Steve Perry to a 1989 Cinderella show at the Palace to the days when the Detroit Pistons were known as the Bad Boys.
Check out some more L4e fan reviews from last nights gig HERE
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Have you ever had the experience of getting a truly annoying but irresistibly catchy tune stuck inside your head?
The popular name for this phenomenon is an “earworm.” Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks (best known for being portrayed by Robin Williams in “Awakenings”) writes about it in his recent book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, and he summarized his thoughts in an interview with Wired magazine. Oasis returns from Britain with a new album and a new tour.
“I can’t help wondering if the incidence of earworms and musical hallucinations is higher now, with background music in every public place,” Sacks said. “You can’t go to a restaurant without music, and they get offended if you ask them to turn it off ... The brain is very sensitive to music; you don’t have to attend to it to record it internally and be affected by it.”
In other words, pity the poor soul who catches a snippet of Britney Spears' "Womanizer" and then can't get it out of his or her head. Thankfully, a friend of mine has come up with the perfect solution when such a song is stuck on auto-repeat in your brain: Just sing "Champagne Supernova" by Oasis instead. It's also insanely catchy, but as my buddy says, "it isn't quite sticky enough to get lodged in your head, so once you've gone through the refrain and the chorus, not only is the prior earworm gone, so too is 'Champagne Supernova.'
"They must have had this in mind when they wrote it," he adds, "because what's a supernova, after all? It's a violent, intergalactic explosion that irradiates everything within its constellation. And champagne? Kills brain cells off faster than a Michael Crichton book. Put the two together and any other song doesn't stand a chance in your head. Then, just like its namesake, it disappears and all is right in the universe."
I have been writing about Oasis since it first emerged on the music scene with "Definitely Maybe" in 1994, and if there's ever been a better explanation for the appeal, however fleeting, of the Brothers Gallagher's brand of Brit Pop, I haven't heard it.
Superstars on the level of David Beckham at home in the U.K., Oasis won its biggest audience in the United States with "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" in 1995, selling nearly 4 million copies. But as USA Today recently pointed out, that's seven times the combined total of the group's last three studio albums, including this year's "Dig Out Your Soul," the group's seventh album.
Nevertheless, in their charmlessly boastful fashion, the Gallaghers maintain that they're the best rock band in the world. "I don't say that for the sake of saying it," vocalist Liam said. "There are other good bands. They're just not as good as Oasis."
In other interviews, Liam has been busy trying to drum up a feud with Coldplay to match its old rivalry with Blur -- "I don't give a s--- about Coldplay. We are the coolest band and we are the best f-----g band. We are the most important band. We may not be the biggest band in America, but who would want that?" he told the India Times -- while his equally quotable songwriting brother Noel confessed to the BBC that he "doesn't remember" anything that took place between 1994 and 1998, the years that yielded the band's best music, but that, nevertheless, narcotics never affected him "mentally or physically," he just took them because it was "f-----g brilliant."
Oh, those boys. The fact is, no matter what they say, legions of their fans agree that Oasis cannot be topped. Go ahead: Dare to suggest that "Dig Out Your Soul" not only finds the band once again attempting to rewrite the droning psychedelic pop of the Beatles' "Revolver" as a series of sing-along soccer chants, but does so with less energy and more disappointing results than previous efforts (as I did in my review of the disc).
Or note that, in concert, Liam's moping, enervated presence and the decided lack of charisma on the part of the rest of the band -- which is now completed by guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock, who recently replaced Zak Starkey -- means you might as well stay home and listen to the recordings (as I've contended almost every time I've reviewed the group).
It doesn't matter: The Oasis fans stand by their band.
Oasis, Wonderwall ,Chicago, Dec 13th 2008
The fact is, at least a few times during every Oasis gig -- say, during "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Wonderwall" or "Champagne Supernova" -- you'll find yourself irresistibly drawn in and inevitably singing along. The only questions are: Will you give any of them a second thought as soon as the last chord rings out? And is that really all it takes to be the best rock band in the world?
Check out L4E fan reviews from last nights show in Chicago HERE
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Here's a late but welcome addition to the reviews of the recent Oasis concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by our buddies at LA2DAY , the Los Angeles Lifestyle magazine.....
"You're not down with who I am. Look at you. You're all in my hands tonight."
It takes some bold muthafuckas to sing those words to a crowd of jaded Angelenos and salivating Brit transplants, but then again, Liam and Noel Gallagher have always been good at taking the piss out of fans and critics alike. And let's get one thing straight: I'm a fan. A die-hard, follow-Liam-to-a-Bosnian-crackhouse, Oasis-is-my-religion kind of fan. (Haters can suck it!)
And this past Thursday night, I was MadFerIt yeah: Oasis were back in town!
They opened the set at the Staples Center with Rock ‘n Roll star, one of the boldest claims to Rock-stardom ever recorded. Especially considering the fact that once upon a time they sang this to empty pubs back in Northern England, with the same swagger and cockiness they do now.
It's this self-assurance that drove the band towards the dizzy heights they enjoy today, as Liam sneers: "Toniiiiiiiiight I'm a Rock ‘N Roll Star," and bloody hell, does he mean it!!!
The main difference nowadays in an Oasis live performance is that the songs are carried out with more craft, as opposed to the switch-the-amps-to-max-and-see-what-happens approach of the early '90s. (God those were the days.)
Make no mistake though, Oasis still rocks, boasting an attitude that reminds us all of a dying breed of rockstar, especially in the snarling lead singer Liam Gallagher. Interestingly they're one of the very few bands around that can afford to simply stand there and play their music without bouncing from one side of the stage to the other. They invented stillism and god bless, because it allows the music to shine.
Oasis played a heavy list of classics, ranging from "Cigarettes & Alcohol," to "Champagne Supernova," right through to "Lyla" and "The Importance of Being Idl."
The entire setlist made for a nice blend of old and new, with the majority of songs coming from their previous two albums Don't Believe the Truth and Dig Out You Soul.
SETLIST: *show highlights in bold
Fuckin' In The Bushes Rock 'n' Roll Star Lyla The Shock Of The Lightning Cigarettes & Alcohol The Meaning Of Soul To Be Where There's Life Waiting For The Rapture The Masterplan Songbird Slide Away Morning Glory Ain't Got Nothin' The Importance Of Being Idle I'm Outta Time Wonderwall Supersonic Don't Look Back In Anger (acoustic version - fuck yeah!) Falling Down Champagne Supernova I Am The Walrus
Okay so gone is the magic of the days when they were still an indie band, and yes the Staples is about as corporate as it gets, and quite frankly I've never heard an Oasis gig at such a low sound volume, but the show didn't suffer for it. Oasis' attitude hasn't changed, even if the crowds and the times we live in have.
The gig was amazing. Maybe it had something to do with Morrisey (The Smiths) being in the crowd, maybe they were spurred on by Steve Jones' (Sex Pistols) presence, either way, the vibe was great with the Gallaghers at the end declaring: "We've been fantastic, you've been fantastic!"
And with a nod to their idols, the Beatles, they finished the set with an awesome version of "I am the Walrus" and a brilliant night was had by all.
Story by The Artist Formerly Known as Jimmy No-Mates.
The band Oasis makes dense, guitar-driven anthematic rock that owes a shamelessly obvious debt to the Beatles, especially John Lennon. It isn't Radiohead in terms of musicianship or breadth of vision, nor does it have Coldplay's drive for global success. But Oasis can rattle the walls with blaring waves of sound and is the best of the bands to come out of Manchester in the 1990s. Its new album, "Dig Out Your Soul" (Big Brother), is a solid piece of work, perhaps its best since 1995's "(What's the Story) Morning Glory."
While Oasis is hugely popular at home in the U.K., it is less so in the U.S. It may be that the band's reputation as the brawling Gallagher brothers, which feeds its image in Britain, doesn't travel well. Each of Oasis's seven studio albums, including "Dig Out Your Soul," reached the top of the U.K. pop charts. It's never had a No. 1 album in the States.
I caught the band's current U.S. tour on Dec. 4 at the Staples Center here. (It was in Los Angeles that one of the Gallaghers' more notable dust-ups occurred: Fourteen years ago at the Whiskey a Go Go, a wobbly Liam insulted the audience, smacked Noel with a tambourine and ran off.) If Oasis cared to strengthen its reputation in the U.S. on this trip, it didn't show.
Liam Gallagher seemed in a surly mood from the moment the lights dimmed. He sang without emotion, his voice especially nasal and monotone, and when he'd done his part -- many Oasis songs roar to an end with an extended instrumental statement -- he stood alongside the microphone with a tambourine between his teeth or his hands folded behind his back. "Anybody here from England?" he asked before "Morning Glory." Minutes later, as "Ain't Got Nothin'" was set to begin, he said, "Any surfers here?" Aside from promoting the sale of Oasis T-shirts, that was it for his interaction with the near-capacity crowd.
Thus, some of the evening's best moments occurred when he headed off-stage. Noel Gallagher, whose voice is a tad sweeter than his brother's and thus has a shimmer of empathy, sang the stirring ballads "The Masterplan" and "Don't Look Back in Anger," which he took at a slower tempo, encouraging the audience to sing along. Though at one point he snapped, "We don't do requests," he introduced newcomer Chris Sharrock with a bit of self-deprecating humor, calling him "our 15th drummer" -- actually, he's only the fourth in the band's 17 years -- and gave a nod to a sideman, whom he identified as "the Shroud."
The lack of even the rudiments of showmanship wouldn't have mattered very much if the band rose above the dour onstage vibe they created. But the music never became transcendent despite a powerful catalog of songs. Oasis opened with a fierce attack -- "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Lyla" followed by the new, rousing "The Shock of Lightning." Later, a beautiful reading of Liam Gallagher's composition "I'm Outta Time" ushered in a biting version of "Wonderwall" in which the Shroud played lovely synthesizer lines that deftly penetrated the chugging acoustic guitars. Guitarist Gem Archer had a few brief but tasty solos, as did Noel Gallagher. They ended the evening with a reading of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus."
And yet it all seemed perfunctory. At best, it was an earnest but uninspired performance; at worst, a joyless recitation of their recordings. Oasis avoids the kind of spontaneity that brings something new to the familiar and lifts musicians out of the doldrums. At a rock show, somebody ought to have some fun, but fans rarely do if the band doesn't. "Don't come and see us if you're expecting anything . . . apart from the music coming out of the speakers," Noel Gallagher told Rolling Stone magazine recently. Good advice.