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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A Tired Oasis Showed Up in Hamburg
Austrian Oasis fans can brace themselves for some rock’n’roll routine when the Britrock legends return next month.
The band, which was formed in Manchester in 1991, will return to Vienna to perform at the city’s Stadthalle after three years of absence from the stage.
Last week, Oasis performed in Hamburg as part of their current European tour. Austrian Times went there to find out whether the infamous Gallagher brother can still pull it off.
Hamburg, Germany’s second-biggest city (and not less than "the most beautiful city in the world" for many), is full of contradictions. Its residents, often suspected of being rather reluctant, turn out to be extremely open-minded and straight-forward.
And while Hamburg’s centre attracts with its shopping streets and beautiful canals, many head to the city to have a good time in Sankt Pauli, the city’s red-light and amusement district. The infamous Reeperbahn is where it all started for the Beatles who played the area’s clubs before hitting the big time.
And contradictions could not be stronger. While the Beatles, the big idols of Oasis’ Gallagher brothers, performed in the small clubs of Sankt Pauli in the early 1960s, it was the giant Sporthalle for Oasis on Friday. With around 7,000 fans turning up for the night - an unappealing 1970s building and as a result probably the most atrocious venue in Germany - it was nevertheless sold out.
But there was not much left of the once ferocious rock supernovas Liam Gallagher and co. were once famous for when the band after the band entered the stage at exactly 9pm. Kicking off with "Rock’n’roll star" followed by "Lyla", upbeat fans were treated with the best of the band’s past and present.
However, the whirlwind promise soon ran out of steam as material from their new album "Dig out your soul" was performed. There was hardly any reaction from the audience, not even for the decent single "The shock of the lightning", which made clear that Oasis will now probably always depend on their 1994-1995 glory days.
That said, Noel Gallagher’s decision to dismiss classic "Live Forever", probably the best song he has ever written, is a mystery to many. Noel however manages to compensate this bitter sacrifice with reintroducing acoustic favourite "The Masterplan".
Oasis, who generally appeared tired and burned out, managed to console their fans with Beatles classic "I am the walrus" as a last song of their encore. Frontman Liam Gallagher failing to hit any high notes was the number one talking matter after the show. Only a few days later, the band’s management announced Oasis were forced to reschedule their Düsseldorf date due to a severe throat condition the singer is suffering from.
via L4e / Austrian Times
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