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    Tuesday, June 30, 2009


      Seized Oasis Tshirts Donated to International Aid Project

    Hundreds of unofficial Oasis T-shirts which were sold outside the band's Manchester gigs are being donated to an international aid project.

    Trading standards officers at the city council seized more than 1,300 counterfeit tops from illegal traders during the three gigs this month
    .

    The council said they are being sent to International Aid Trust charity.

    The charity removes logos before sending them to needy people in Eastern Europe, Africa and India.

    A further 654 counterfeit posters will also be recycled.

    The city council's trading standards officers have seized more than 56,000 counterfeit items since April, with many recycled.

    CDS and DVDs are wiped and re-used and bottles with counterfeit vodka are recycled.

    The Oasis concerts were the biggest events at Heaton Park since the Pope's visit in 1982.

    via L4e / bbc.co.uk



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      From the Oasis Video Vault : "Whatever" Promo



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    Monday, June 29, 2009


      Oasis Ad Campaign Grabs Another Top Festival Prize

    New York is thrilled to announce that their integrated campaign, "Oasis Dig Out Your Soul," took home one of the top prizes at the Cannes Lion International Advertising Festival when it was awarded the Titanium Lion.

    "Oasis Dig Out Your Soul" was an integrated campaign that resulted from a partnership with Warner Bros. Music and BBH New York client, NYC & Company. BBH New York was approached by Warner Bros. Music and asked to help launch a new album by the legendary rock band Oasis.



    The agency conceived of the idea of a reverse album launch and they arranged for Oasis to teach over twenty New York City street musicians the unreleased songs from their new album, "Dig Out Your Soul."

    After learning the new songs, the musicians - all members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Music Under New York Program - then took to the streets of New York to perform the songs while the acclaimed directors, The Malloys, documented the entire event.

    The campaign fundamentally re-invented the album launch so that new music started out on city streets by design, rather than winding up there by happenstance.

    "Winning a Titanium Lion takes me back to the first moment I heard this idea, and it confirms exactly why I was so excited by it," said Kevin Roddy, CCO of BBH New York. "Our NYC & Company client and Warner Bros. Music were incredibly brave to go forward with us on this idea and I am thrilled that their bravery was rewarded."

    The "Oasis Dig Out Your Soul" campaign has had an amazing award season and the Cannes Titanium Lion joins The Grandy award, the Next Award from the AICP and a gold pencil from the One Show. The campaign won another major prize earlier in the festival when it was awarded a Gold Lion in the Outdoor category and a Silver Film Lion.

    The success of "Oasis Dig Out Your Soul" is a result of the totally integrated nature of the campaign and the innovative use of social media and on-line tools.

    Oasis fans were able to find the live performances of the street musicians thanks to a special page on the NYC & Company website that used Google Maps and Earth to track where the performances were happening in the city.

    Fans were encouraged to film the street musicians using their own recording devices and to post the user generated content on a unique You Tube channel dedicated to the Oasis album launch.

    The campaign was a huge success and helped the Oasis album debut at number one in the UK and number five in the US, making "Dig Out Your Soul" Oasis' first top 10 album in ten years.

    via L4e / newswire.com



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      Liam Gallagher Interview with Euromaxx

    Liam Gallagher sat down with the folks of Deutsche Welle and answered some questions for their Fragebogen segment of Euromaxx. Fear not as L4E has the English translation/transcript for you below :



    Liam Gallagher is the frontman of Britpop band Oasis. Liam Gallagher - Known for having quite a temper. But today he is much calmer, perhaps because of the recent successful launch of his first fashion line .

    What are your typical character traits?

    L: Mental, like a Jaffa Cake it's a biscuit, a cake.

    Who is your personal hero?

    L: My mum, my mother. Why? Because she made me, she's amazing.

    What is an irresistible temptation?


    A great temptation? Oh dear! ... Temptation ... Shoes? No they are not a temptation but a joy. Coffee! It freaks me out man.

    Could you share some of your wisdom with us?.

    Always stay relaxed - in any situation.

    Do you have an unfulfilled dream?

    My dream?

    World peace, of course man.

    What drives you mad?

    Jaffa Cakes

    What's your perfect day look like?

    My perfect day? Get up At six clock up in the morning, go for a run , take the kids off to school and going back to bed.



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    Sunday, June 28, 2009


      Recent MTV Brazil Interview with Noel Gallagher

    Back in May we posted the first part of this interview with Noel Gallagher and MTV Brazil. Recently parts II and III made it on to the net so have a look :







    Noel denies having a computer or email address, doesn't really get or understand the internet but loves his mobile phone and much much more..

    via L4e / youtube



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    Saturday, June 27, 2009


      Christies London Auctioning 22 Original Oasis Prints



    A series of evocative prints of Oasis in their Britpop pomp are set to be auctioned soon by Christie's.

    Try as they might, Oasis cannot escape the magnetic pull of their mid 90s glory. Despite replacing the entire band, the Gallaghers are continually reminded of their effortless rise to fame, more than a decade on from the release of 'Definitely Maybe'.


    Perhaps it was their visual appeal. The band's blend of Mod and Casual fashion both echoed and influenced street fashion, with Liam Gallagher in particular becoming an idol to almost an entire generation.

    Photographer Jill Formanovsky was granted permission to shoot the band on an almost daily basis. As Oasis toured the world she was there, with her lens recording some pivotal moments in the band's history.

    Gathered as the collection 'Was There Then' an exhibition in 1997 showed her work to the world. Formanovsky seemed capable of capturing unique moments of chemistry within the band, focussing on the dynamic relationship between the Gallaghers.

    Now images from that collection are set to be auctioned by Christie's in London. Containing twenty two images the set are all original prints from Furmanovsky’s ground-breaking ‘Was There Then’ exhibition originally shown in the Roundhouse London and Tramway in Glasgow in 1997.

    The new collection comes with a program signed by the band themselves, as well as a copy of the book ‘Oasis Was There Then’ which is long out of print.

    The massive prints result in one of the most complete photographic documents of Oasis available. With a reserve price of £16,500 this may well be out of the price range of most fans, but we can dream can't we?

    Discussing her work with Oasis the photographer said of Noel Gallagher that "I think both Gallaghers are extremely attractive in different ways, but Noel is looking seriously like Steve McQueen or Paul Newman these days. Very strong face, very direct gaze - a man not a boy".

    Also in the sale is an A0 Iris print of Pink Floyd’s The Wall 1980, and a silver gelatin fibre print of Johnny Ramone and Johnny Rotten circa 1977.

    Jill Furmanovsky's vintage Oasis print collection is due to be sold by Christie's in London on July 1st.

    via L4e /Source: www.clashmusic.com



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    Friday, June 26, 2009


      Win Tickets to see Oasis at iTunes Festival

    Oasis are headlining this year's iTunes Festival. They're set to play The Roundhouse in London on July 21st. The tickets are extremely rare so Oasisinet is giving you the chance to win a pair by answering the following question:


    Oasis' back catalogue has been re-pressed on vinyl and will be available to BUY from July 13th. Which 2 of the 8 albums are not double vinyls?

    Send your answer to competitions@oasisinet.com with 'iTunes Festival' in the subject line. The competition closes at Friday 10th July at 12:00 (UK time). Winners will be notified by email.





    T&Cs:

    * You must be at least 14 years of age or accompanied by an adult to attend.
    * Please bring proof of identification to the event.
    * For disabled access please notify the Roundhouse in advance boadmin@roundhouse.org.uk
    * If you have not arrived by 20:15 on the day of the performance your entrance is not guaranteed.
    * You are not permitted to make audio or audio-visual recordings of the event.
    * The cost of transportation and accommodation (if necessary) is your own responsibility.
    * Tickets are non-transferable and not for re-sale.
    * By attending this event you are agreeing that film and audio recordings of the event, including your voice and likeness, may be used for commercial purposes on a worldwide royalty free basis.

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      Noel Gallagher and Rap Motormouth Kanye To Liven Up iTunes Festival

    Roll up, roll up for a clash between the gobbiest man in rock and rap's motormouth...

    The Mirror reveals that Kanye West will be performing alongside Noel Gallagher at the iTunes festival at Camden's Roundhouse on July 7.


    Noel famously dissed Kanye's mentor Jay-Z for playing Glasto last year.

    Now it's Kanye who's joining a rock lineup that includes Oasis, Snow Patrol, Franz Ferdinand and Kasabian.

    We're told: "Kanye won't take it lying down if Noel disses him for playing rap.

    He was fuming when Noel disrespected Jay."

    Ooh, get us front-row seats right now!

    via L4e / Mirror.co.uk Celebs



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      Britney Spears Doesn't Like Liam Gallagher 's Loud & Raucous Partying

    Britney Spears gives Liam Gallagher a tongue-lashing

    Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is never one to shy away from starting a ruck. So it's a surprise to hear that he found himself on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing from none other than Britney Spears.

    Celebrities at war: Britney Spears complained about Liam Gallagher's raucous behaviour

    The pop princess got the hump with the 36-year-old Manc after he threw an all-night party at the Four Seasons hotel in Dublin, the city where both had been performing.

    Brit complained that their party was too noisy and Liam was being “inconsiderate”.

    Needless to say, he didn't take much notice. We're told: “Liam was with members of the Prodigy, along with the Appleton sisters, and decided to have a really boozy session when they got back to the hotel. They started off in the hotel's Ice Bar and then moved on to the lobby.

    As Britney entered the hotel they were being really loud and raucous, which was why she went mad. She started shouting saying that it was ridiculous that they were being so loud and inconsiderate.”

    But her rant did little to stop the party — and even led to a typical Liam jibe when hotel staff intervened. Our spy added: “Liam just scoffed at her, and was overheard saying to hotel staff Britney who?' before continuing to party. This made Britney really mad and her dad Jamie had to step in to try and sort it all out. By this time Britney had stormed off.”

    The Womanizer singer, 27, trudged off to her penthouse suite so she could have more privacy. Liam was without the diplomatic influence of older brother Noel. Apparently the pair have been arguing on tour and are staying in separate hotels. A spokesman for Oasis refused to comment today.

    via L4e / London Evening Standard



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      Howie Payne To Support Oasis at Eden Project



    Oasis announced that Howie Payne (The Stands) has been booked to support the band at their Eden Project concert on July 14

    via L4e / oasisinet



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      Behind the Scenes Footage of Kasabian with Oasis at Heaton Park



    Kasabian supporting Oasis at Heaton Park in Manchester, June 2009.

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    Thursday, June 25, 2009


      Russel Brand Helps Noel Gallagher With His Gay Problem



    Noel gallagher on Russell Brands radio show. In this short piece Noel finally admits that he's gay! I set this in a pub just to be a bit random really!

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      Where Does Noel Gallagher Hear it first ?



    Sky News Ad with Noel Gallagher

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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009


      Onslaught of Slane Concert Goer Complaints Reviewed



    Organisers pledge to examine torrent of transport and access complaints

    A storm of complaints about poor transport arrangements leaving the site, alleged overcrowding, access to the venue, and drunkeness have emerged in the wake of Saturday’s Slane rock concert, leading to promises of a review of the organisation of the event.

    The pledge came this week from promoters MCD, Slane Castle owner Henry Mountcharles, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Gardai and the licensing authority, Meath County Council.

    Most of the complaints centred on transport with many fans saying that there was no public transport available when they emerged from the site. Some had to walk for hours to get home and there were complaints that many did not get home until 4.30am or 5am.

    Gardai said that problems had been created by two factors - the fact that 60 per cent of the concertgoers had come from the Dublin direction and that many people had decided not to come by car this year and instead used buses. Superintendent Michael Devine, Navan, said: “Putting 80,000 into a tiny village like Slane will inevitably mean that there will be some problems.” But he professed himself satisfied that the concert had gone off without any major public order or security incidents, and without injury.

    To read full article visit here

    via L4e



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      Concert Ban after Oasis Troubles at Murrayfield?

    MURRAYFIELD should not be allowed to stage any more non-sporting events following trouble at last week's Oasis concert, the council has been told.

    In an emergency motion which will go before councillors tomorrow officials have been urged to scrap future high-profile events
    .

    Senior Conservative councillor Jeremy Balfour, who represents the Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward, launched the appeal after speaking to local residents following last Wednesday's gig.

    As well as trouble inside the stadium, those living in and around Murrayfield complained of fighting, vandalism and people urinating in their gardens.

    However, Scottish Rugby said it hoped to continue putting on a range of events.

    Cllr Balfour said, in spite of council and police assurances to the contrary, locals' worst fears came true on the night, just as they did when the band played in the stadium nearly a decade ago.

    He said: "It has been shown now that large concerts cannot be managed there, it is just impossible, and it should be kept for rugby and other sporting events only. I experienced it myself driving through as people were going to the concert, and having spoken to residents I think something should be done.

    "I appreciate the police did their best but you are never going to be able to control a crowd like that."

    Murrayfield has hosted numerous live music events over the years, including the Live 8 concert and acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it seemed to be the crowd who follow Oasis who caused the most trouble.

    Cllr Balfour added: "The people who lived in the area last time the band played knew what to expect, and that is what happened."

    He appears to have support of local people.

    Murrayfield Community Council secretary Milton Park said: "There are always problems with large music events, and Oasis was an exceptional example.

    "Of all the main events the only one we haven't had problems with was the G8 concert, which was very well organised and policed.

    "Far and away residents' biggest complaint is people using as a urinal anywhere they please."

    If the motion were to succeed, it would almost certainly mean the city losing a number of high profile events to Glasgow, undoing years of hard work across the Capital to stage concerts featuring the world's biggest bands as well as sporting events attracting the eyes of the world.

    A spokesman for Scottish Rugby said: "Murrayfield has a proud history of hosting sporting and non-sporting events which have been an overwhelming success over many years.

    "These contribute significantly to the city's economy which can be measured in the tens of millions.

    "We have a healthy relationship with local residents, the council and the police, and before the Oasis gig we held a residents meeting where we informed them of what was being planned."



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      Alberta Cross on Touring with Oasis

    Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross talks about their new recordings, touring with Oasis, and playing with Neil Young this summer. Petter was interviewed at Bannaroo in Tennessee last week.



    Alberta Cross Interview at Bonnaroo 2009



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    Tuesday, June 23, 2009


      Sex , Drugs, Rock N Roll and Liam Gallagher?


    HE’S a rock ’n’ roll star, a fashion designer and now LIAM GALLAGHER is about to add film actor to his CV.

    The OASIS frontman has signed up to appear in a movie about the music biz.


    Gallagher has bagged a part in the big screen adaptation of KEVIN SAMPSON’s novel Powder, which tells the story of a band lured into a world of sex and drugs after making it big.

    I can’t see that being too much of a stretch for the lad.

    Once his touring commitments are out of the way in August, Liam will get down to work with Sampson, who used to manage Scouse outfit THE FARM, and start learning his lines.

    The size of his role is yet to be finalised. But he will be sharing the screen with veteran dance music star GURU JOSH.

    Josh — real name PAUL WALDEN — who had a 1990 hit with track Infinity, wrote on his website: “Guru Josh will act as himself alongside co-star Liam Gallagher.

    “Is the world ready for Liam Gallagher and Guru Josh together on the silver screen? Is Liam Gallagher ready for Guru Josh?”

    sun.co.uk


    UPDATE:

    A story in today's UK Sun newspaper that Liam is set to appear in a film based on the novel Powder is simply not true. Liam has no plans to be involved on any level with the project.

    Source: www.oasisinet.com

    via L4e / sun.co.uk



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      Mad Fer Oasis But Really Mad at Cab Driver

    Nine cab drivers are being investigated over claims they overcharged passengers and attempted to pick up fares illegally after Oasis's huge homecoming gigs.

    Fans complained of being charged more than five times the going rate for journeys home from the Heaton Park concerts.

    Manchester council asked M.E.N readers who had been stung following the June 6 gig to call a phone line.

    They have now revealed that nine private hire and hackney carriage drivers are being investigated.

    The cabbies - some of whom were reportedly opportunists from outside Manchester illegally plying for trade near the Prestwich venue - face prosecution and could have their taxi licences revoked.

    Three of the drivers were reported to the council following the M.E.N appeal.

    One is a Manchester hackney carriage driver accused of overcharging. The other two are hackney carriages from Tameside and Oldham that were reportedly overcharging and attempting to pick up fares illegally. Six other drivers were spotted by council officers.

    A file on one cabbie has already been passed to the council's legal department who are prosecuting. If cases are successful, drivers will have to go before licensing bosses.

    A Manchester council spokesman said: "We would like to remind members of the public who feel they have been charged too much by Manchester licensed taxi drivers to contact us on 0161 234 4512 with the driver's details."

    One fan, 22-year-old Rob Buckley, shelled out £70 for a minicab home to Sale, a fare which normally costs just £18.

    via L4e /Source:manchestereveningnews.co.uk



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      Noel Gallagher Misses Slane Concert After Party

    The post-Slane celebrations continued into the early hours when Oasis star Liam Gallagher and The Prodigy stepped out for a meal at Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse and Grill.

    The rockers were accompanied to the restaurant by their wives -- All Saint sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton -- and their children, as well as the girls' former band-mate Melanie Blatt, who had all jetted into town for the Meath gig.

    Hell's Kitchen star Marco picked up the tab for the group, after he and business partner Geraldine Fitzgerald met the stars for lunch at the Four Season's earlier that afternoon. The celebrity chef, who had to fly back to London due to work commitments that evening, hit it off so well with the rockers that he invited them to enjoy dinner at his restaurant on him.

    Passers-by spotted Liam Gallagher standing outside the Dawson Street restaurant having a cigarette.

    Spat

    The Oasis legend, (36) who appeared to be on great form despite his spat with brother Noel, was more than happy to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

    The margaritas were flowing as the music stars enjoyed steaks and oysters, while the children tucked into fish and chips. According to other diners at the restaurant, there was none of the rock and roll behaviour you'd expect of the group. Nicole (34) is married to Liam Gallagher, while the Prodigy's Liam Howlett is married to Natalie (36) and the famous gang are regularly spotted socialising together in London.

    Liam's brother Noel was nowhere to be seen however, with the two Oasis stars believed to have gone their separate ways immediately after the Meath show, to avoid any further confrontations.

    The singers did not attend the exclusive after-party hosted by Lord Henry Mount Charles in Slane castle after the gig and even stayed in separate hotels.

    The foursome and their respective family members and their entourage, as well as fellow The Prodigy band members, Keith Flint and Max Reality meanwhile, have been staying at the plush Four Seasons hotel in Ballsbridge since Friday.

    The stars are said to have thrown a massive bashon Friday night, stealing the limelight from pop princess Britney Spears who had booked out the Presidential suite of the luxury hotel for her stay in Ireland.

    Via L4e /Source: www.herald.ie



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      Recent Interview with Noel Gallagher on Soccer AM



    From the Soccer Am archives.



    Via L4e / Source: www.skysports.com



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    Monday, June 22, 2009


      Dublin Bus Defends Massive Transport Delays at Oasis Gig

    Concert promoters MCD tonight insisted the 80,000 capacity was not breached at this year’s Slane Castle gig.

    Disgruntled fans flooded internet message boards and radio phone-ins complaining about massive transport delays, hour-long queues and alleged overcrowding at the Oasis headlined concert
    .

    MCD accepted there were delays going into the venue as almost a quarter of concert-goers arrived on Dublin Bus.

    But the firm said: “Overall the 80,000 fans who attended were extremely well behaved however there will always be a small number of individuals who engage in anti-social behaviour which is totally unacceptable.

    “Attendance and capacity for the event was 80,000 which has been the capacity for standing concerts at the venue for the last 20 years.”

    MCD spokesman Justin Green added: “We would maintain that there were 80,000 people in the venue.

    “Safety is paramount.”

    Gardaí, Dublin Bus, MCD, Slane owner Lord Henry Mountcharles and officials in Meath will review the weekend concert over the coming weeks.
    [James Villas]

    Unhappy fans have been asked to complain directly to MCD at contactmcd.ie.

    Meanwhile, Dublin Bus said it carried about 20,000 people to and from Slane this year.

    Some 200 buses were parked up on the N2 south of the Boyne and up to 60 more were held back in Navan to be called in if needed at the end of the concert.

    In a statement, the company said it had more than enough buses to cater for the numbers who wished to travel.

    “Dublin Bus was one of many bus operators operating public transport services to and from Slane,” a spokeswoman said.

    “The transport arrangements for buses were deployed in line with the pre-arranged traffic management plan for the area.

    “Some of these buses were unfortunately delayed en route to the city due to traffic volumes.”

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      Towers of London Dig Liam Gallagher

    Towers Of London reveal Liam Gallagher inspiration behind new songs

    Towers Of London have revealed that they are working on a batch of new songs.

    Writing on MySpace.com/towersoflondon, guitarist Dirk Tourette blogged that they have spent the past few months in their recording studio ("the air raid shelter"), working on new songs including 'President', 'Legslide' and 'Heard It On The Stereo'.

    "Well, we have been sat down the air raid shelter for months now like the three stooges just really fuckin havin' a larf and remembering what it was all about in the first place," Tourette wrote. "Getting in peoples faces, fighting against the pricks and pissing against the wind. But mostly playing fast speedy rock 'n' roll."

    Tourette promised that the new songs – which are likely to feature on the follow up to 2008 album 'Fizzy Pop' – will be "real headshakers".

    He went on to quote Oasis' Liam Gallagher in his blog by saying "It doesn't matter if its outta tune...cos your cool."

    Gallagher can be heard saying that on Oasis' cover of The Beatles' 'I Am The Walrus', which was released as the B-side to 'Cigarettes And Alcohol' in 1994.

    Before signing out, Tourette added that Towers Of London will post some new demos online "soon".

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      Noel's Slane Castle Hangover

    From Noel Gallagher's Official Tour Diary

    Urgh..what a hangover! Horrific. Great, great night though. As spectacles go (and I don't mean the ones you wear) Slane Castle takes some beating.

    I don't think I've seen The Prodigy since Knebworth but fuck me, they had it yesterday. Incredible behaviour. You gotta be good to follow Kasabian. They are.



    Don't remember leaving the gig! I feel poisoned. Not looking forward to the flight home AND me and Irie Nancy have got to go to a friend's 40th tomorrow. More boozing. Shit!!

    Got 10 days off though so mustn't grumble.

    In a bit.

    GD.



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      Organisationally, Slane 2009 was an absolute shambles.

    First of all, let none of what I say take away from the fact that Oasis were simply awesome, and are still effortlessly brilliant at the top of their game. So musically, Slane was fine.

    I had never been to Slane before, a shameful fact for a concert-going Meathman, and despite having had tickets to see Oasis at four various intervals before – Lansdowne Roads, Witnnesses, etc – and only making it to one of those gigs, an epic at The Point in December 2005, when the tickets came up this time I simply had to go. An open air gig with 80,000 other people, seeing perhaps my favourite band of all time… what could go wrong?

    Organisationally, Slane 2009 was an absolute shambles.

    That’s what I said at 3am, and I don’t feel much better now, even after getting about 10 hours of sleep.

    If you’ve ever been to open-air gigs in Marlay Park or the Phoenix Park, or (as I’m told) at Oxegen, you’ll be familiar with the general modus operandi of Dublin Bus. They park all their vehicles in one field, which is clearly signposted and displayed on the way out of the venue. If you want one of said buses, you walk into the field, buy a ticket if you need to, and go to the nearest available bus. Once this bus is full, it drives away, and thus the volume of bus traffic on the roads is economised as much as possible.

    Now Slane, I should concede, isn’t in the middle of a larger urban area, and so it doesn’t have a vast array of public transport that you can take there anyway. It’s a rural setting, with rural roads prepared only for everyday rural traffic. Country roads aren’t meant to carry 80,000 people but that’s not Slane’s fault and they shouldn’t be blamed for it.

    Where Slane and MCD need to take blame, though, is for not making the best of the bad hand the setting deals them. Instead of the tried-and-tested Dublin Bus formula mentioned above – which, incidentally, are all venues or festivals operated by MCD, so they can’t claim not to have any organisational experience or capability – what happens in Slane is sheer amateurism. Buses dropping people mid-road on the way down is acceptable; with the human traffic and the width of the roads it is simply impractical to do any better. But on the way out, instead of the usual formula, buses – and I don’t blame Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann here, I blame MCD and the Gardaí – are simply parked on the sides of the same narrow road, and set off on the road back to Dublin when full.

    The problem here, of course, and the problem Ciara and I fell into, is that because we made a point of walking quickly as soon as the gig finished, and getting into one of the first Bus Éireann vehicles – a bus we were shepherded into by the staff on duty, we ended up trapped behind other parked buses further, hemmed in by human traffic, and sardined in with nowhere to go. Instead of sending us further down the road so as to keep the road as empty as possible, the organisers made a bad situation worse. Why not rent a road and have all the buses sitting in it, keeping the road as empty as possible? It wouldn’t be difficult, expensive or resource-heavy. Send the Bus Éireann travellers one way, the Dublin Bus users in another, and keep the road empty of all traffic except for the filled-up buses. Don’t put us all in one direction and then handicap those of us who get out early by making us the last ones to hit the open road. The music finished just before 11; after the long walk (again, not the venue’s fault) back to the bus, we boarded our vehicle at 11.40pm and the engine revved up only five minutes later. Great, we thought, we might be back in Dublin before 1.

    Sadly, inevitably, we ended up moving about 500m within the first two hours, another 2km in the following, and only hit the M2 back to Dublin at about 3. We arrived on Bachelor’s Walk at 4.05pm, nearly four and a half hours after we boarded, on a bus largely desperate to find a toilet and universally hungry, pissed off that they now couldn’t get a taxi or Nitelink home (4am is taxi blackout territory; it’s when everyone’s getting home from nightclubs), and wondering if they’d ever bother going to Slane again. Walking home, we made it in the door at 4.50am, six hours after the music had finished. This would be acceptable if we’d lived somewhere rural and had to accept a long trudge home, but not when we live in Dublin City Centre with the best public transport coverage anywhere in the country.

    Just in case you think I managed to get particularly unlucky, or am turning crackpot at my Bus Éireann cabin fever, do a Twitter Search for “Slane bus”.

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      Oasis Ticket Update For Eden Festival



    Dear Oasis ticket holders

    We apologise for the delay in finalising details for the rescheduled Oasis gig but this was genuinely due to reasons beyond our control. However, we are now very pleased to confirm that the Oasis concert on Tuesday 14th July is going ahead as planned and that all valid tickets to the original gig on 27th September 2008 will be honoured. Ticket holders are kindly requested to bring along photo ID to avoid any potential ticket fraud and to minimise delays on the night.

    We would advise ticket holders to arrive as early as possible to get through the security checks. The concert is due to take place from 7pm and end at 11pm and your ticket will allow you entry into the Eden Project on the day or day after the concert.

    If you require a refund because the new date is unsuitable or if you did not receive the e-tickets for the original date, please contact the Eden Project Box Office on 01726 811972 by 5pm on Wednesday 24th June as we are now managing all ticket related transactions for the concert.

    For further information on the gig, pre-visit information or details of transport please visit the Eden Sessions website - www.edensessions.com.

    Regards

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      Rocking Nineties Prevailed at Oasis Gig in Slane Castle

    Castle rocks in throwback to a 1990s teenage disco

    IF YOU closed your eyes at Slane Castle, you could be forgiven for thinking you were back in the mid-Nineties
    .

    If you opened them again -- assuming you hadn't fallen as you negotiated the famous hill unsighted -- you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a rather large teenage disco.

    The 'yoof' element descended on Slane on Saturday in their thousands, a testament to the longevity of headliners Oasis and support act The Prodigy, both of whom were in their pomp over a decade ago.

    In truth, it was a welcome antidote to the last Slane, when the Rolling Stones played to a mostly middle-aged crowd who were content to stand back, shielded from the rain in their wax jackets, and let the concert wash over them.

    "I can safely say that this has been the best day of my life," opined one boozed-up teen to no one in particular as he left the venue. Whether he was of the same opinion after surviving a four-hour bus trek home is another matter.

    "Slane Castle, you've been f****** biblical," said Liam Gallagher as the band reached their final few tunes. And it was hard not to be impressed, when you turned from the stage, with the River Boyne behind it, and looked up the hill to see 80,000 people bathed in purple light belting out 'Champagne Supernova'.

    Almost as biblical were the queues for the two beer stands -- and when you got there, you were allowed only two pints, much to the chagrin of many punters.

    "Excuse me, can I have ice in my drink," asked one punter. "Eh, no love, this is Slane," came the reply. Enough said.

    The Gallagher family, including mam Peggy, were out in force having travelled over en masse from Manchester. Slane is near Duleek, where the family have connections.

    "It's massive, you've got to be here, haven't ya?" said older brother Paul, fresh from DJing in Dublin the night before. Also at the concert were former Irish soccer star Gary Kelly, Manchester United and Ireland's John O'Shea, as well as Manchester City's Stephen Ireland.

    Dress code in the VIP area was suitably Nineties -- it was all sneakers, scruffy jeans and Gallagher-style hair. One exception was the ubiquitous Gerald Kean, who sported a 'Planet Hollywood' baseball jacket. While the rest of us were happy to travel back to the Nineties with Oasis, Mr Kean seemed intent on heading as far back as the Fifties.

    A Jerry Lee Lewis extravaganza next year perhaps?

    - Fiach Kelly

    ----------------------

    Oasis, the one-time kings of Britpop, rolled back the years in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans on the banks of the Boyne.

    Fourteen years after they last played Slane Castle, the Gallagher Brothers are back at the top — and it was a champagne supernova performance that wowed the huge crowd on Saturday.


    That promised heat wave never did come but the kings of Mancunian cool turned up the heat from the first song.

    Noel Gallagher admitted before the gig that his memories of the last time they visited Lord Henry Mount Charles's back garden were somewhat hazy.

    But it must have all come back to him as he looked down at the huge crowd packed into the natural amphitheatre of one of the world's truly great rock venues.

    And for the Gallagher brothers it was very much a family affair, with a huge contingent of the extended clan given VIP access for a gig that became something of a homecoming for a band still proud of their Mayo roots.

    Kicking off with Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, the hill erupted as the British pop legends banged out some of their newest hits, such as Lyla and Shock of the Lightning, before delighting the crowd with classics including Roll With It, Wonderwall and their massive smash hit anthem Don't Look Back In Anger.

    The united voice of thousands of the band's die-hard followers could be heard for miles around the castle as the iconic Manchester outfit rocked it up.

    Back at the VIP garden party, scores of the brothers' extended family lapped up the atmosphere at a gig that is regarded as the first big date of the summer.

    They could be seen living it up with other VIP guests in the cocktail bar, champagne room and Irish whiskey tent. Manchester City star Stephen Ireland was also on the list to party the night away alongside former Irish international footballer Gary Kelly.

    Earlier, high-profile warm-up acts, including The Prodigy and Kasabian, entertained the crowd during the afternoon, as well as Mullingar band The Blizzards, who put on a high-energy set that was full of verve.

    That kept the fans more than happy but there was no doubt who the real stars were.

    With a whopping 70 million records sold worldwide, the crowd were left in no doubt that they were in the presence of a band that had shaped a generation.

    This stadium tour sees the group play to their biggest audiences yet but it's doubtful they will ever forget their second visit to Slane. It was a triumph.

    via L4e Sources: independent.ie & belfasttelegraph.co.uk


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    Sunday, June 21, 2009


      Liam Gallagher and Tom Meighan's Chopper Tale

    Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was so desperate for an upmarket chip butty while on tour in Manchester he hired a helicopter to fly him to a Lake District hotel.

    Liam, 36, and Tom Meighan, 28, singer with rock band Kasabian who are supporting Oasis, landed in a field next to the Miller Howe Hotel in Windermere.

    The manager, Nigel Williamson, said yesterday: "It was bizarre. I went out to meet them and Liam came striding across the fields in leopard-print shoes."

    The rock stars ate chip butties with tomato sauce and drank Pinot Grigio white wine and tequila in the hotel conservatory.

    Nigel said: "Their language was quite colourful so it was just as well they had a private room."

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      Oasis Reign Supreme as Kings of Slane Castle

    Definitely no maybes as Britpop legends thrill 80,000 fans

    Oasis, the one-time kings of Britpop, rolled back the years in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans on the banks of the Boyne last night.

    Fourteen years after they last played Slane Castle, the Gallagher Brothers are back at the top -- and it was a champagne supernova performance that wowed the huge crowd
    .

    That promised heat wave never did come but the kings of Mancunian cool turned up the heat from the first song.

    Noel Gallagher admitted before the gig that his memories of the last time they visited Lord Henry Mount Charles's back garden were somewhat hazy.

    But it must have all come back to him as he looked down at the huge crowd packed into the natural amphitheatre of one of the world's truly great rock venues.

    And for the Gallagher brothers it was very much a family affair, with a huge contingent of the extended clan given VIP access for a gig that became something of a homecoming for a band still proud of their Mayo roots.

    Kicking off with Rock N Roll Star, the hill erupted as the British pop legends banged out some of their newest hits, such as Lyla and Shock of the Lightning, before delighting the crowd with classics including Roll With It, Wonderwall and their massive smash hit anthem Don't Look Back In Anger.

    The united voice of thousands of the band's die-hard followers could be heard for miles around the castle as the laconic Manchester outfit rocked it up.




    Back at the VIP garden party, scores of the brothers' extended family lapped up the atmosphere at a gig that is regarded as the first big date of the Summer.

    They could be seen living it up with other VIP guests in the cocktail bar, champagne room and Irish whiskey tent.

    Manchester City star Stephen Ireland -- who is said to be a hero of the lads -- was also on the list to party the night away alongside fellow footballer and former Irish international Gary Kelly, who hails from just up the road in Drogheda.

    Other celebrity guests at the gig included surprise Oasis fans lawyer Gerald Keane and RTE star Marty Whelan.

    Welcoming them with open arms, Henry Mount Charles said: "A combination of the Prodigy and Oasis in the year 2009 is hard to beat -- and I'd like to officially declare Noel and Liam Gallagher honourary Slane people."

    He also thanked the people of Slane for giving the concert the go-ahead.

    As darkness began to descend on the castle, throngs of satisfied revellers made their way up the steep incline and home.

    The imposing castle, seat of the aristocratic Mount Charles family, was the only thing left bustling with life. And one couldn't help but wonder whether the rest of us were missing the real party.

    Earlier, high-profile warm-up acts, including The Prodigy and Kasabian, entertained the crowd during the afternoon, as well as Mullingar band The Blizzards, who put on a high-energy set that was full of verve.

    That kept the fans more than happy but there was no doubt who the real stars were.

    With a whopping 70 million records sold worldwide, the crowd were left in no doubt that they were in the presence of a band that had shaped a generation.

    This stadium tour sees the group -- completed by guitarist G M Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock -- play to their biggest audiences yet but it's doubtful they will ever forget their second visit to Slane. It was a triumph.

    - Niamh Horan

    source: independent.ie

    ---------------------------------------------

    Yesterday's Oasis concert in Slane passed off with little trouble, gardaí said today.

    Ten people were arrested on public order offences throughout the day, with two people detain on suspicion of drink driving.

    A garda spokesman said those arrested at the event will appear before district courts in the locality.

    Security was tight as 80,000 fans made their way to the Meath town from noon.

    Extra manpower was also on patrol around the banks of the Boyne after two people drowned when the Manchester band played back-up to US rockers REM in 1995.

    As The Prodigy, Kasabian, Glasvegas, and The Blizzards warmed up the crowd, Noel and Liam Gallagher brother’s extended Irish family soaked up the sunshine and atmosphere backstage in the VIP
    area.

    The hyped-up crowd then erupted as the Mancunian act took to the stage and kicked off the open air gig with Rock N Roll Star.

    For almost two hours the group wowed fans with a mix of their most iconic classics like Roll With It and Wonderwall with some of their newer hits.

    Source: www.irishtimes.com



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    Saturday, June 20, 2009


      Dublin's 98 Morning Crew : Oasis Slane 09



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      Tough Talk From Liam Gallagher On The Future of Oasis


    Could this be the end for Oasis? They are on tour now but Liam's told Real Radio they might not do it again if Noel wants to put things on hold for a few years.

    Listen to the interview here

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    Friday, June 19, 2009


      Tomorrow's Forecast For Oasis @ Slane Castle : Sunny and Loud

    When the band last played Slane, as a support to headliners REM in 1995, they brought an entourage of Irish relatives.

    The Manchester-born brothers have Irish parents. Their estranged father Tommy is from Duleek, Co Meath, their mother Peggy (née Sweeney) is from Charlestown, Co Mayo
    .

    Slane Castle owner Henry Mountcharles said in 1995 the Gallaghers had 80 Irish relatives at the concert.

    “The last time they (Oasis) played Slane there was still a nightclub operating in the castle. I never seen so many Gallaghers in the one room. We were lucky to get them out of the place. There are more Gallaghers now,” he said.

    When the concert was announced in October, Noel Gallagher said his mother would definitely be attending. “She’ll be like the Queen of Sheeba,” he predicted.

    In his blog on the official Oasis website, Noel Gallagher name-checked a few uniquely Irish treats which he has often mentioned in the past were part of his summers spent in Ireland.

    “Off to Dublin today where, for one night only, we will welcome The Prodigy to the tour. Slane Castle tomorrow. Silvermints, Tayto crisps and brunches! YUMMY,” he wrote.

    All 80,000 tickets for the concert have been sold after new ones which went on sale this week eventually sold-out.

    It is a significant achievement for a band whose musical and popular heyday was back in the mid-1990s when they were the forefront of Brit Pop with their debut album Definitely Maybe and its multi-million follow-up What’s the Story (Morning Glory) .

    The band will go on stage at 8.30pm. The support acts will be The Prodigy, Glasvegas, Kasabian and The Blizzards.

    A back up generator will be provided to avoid the debacle which happened at Heaton Park in their native Manchester when the PA system cut out several times and Noel Gallagher offered to give the 70,000 crowd their money back.

    Around 20,000 fans have taken him up on the offer. “No, you're not getting your money back!! So you were genuinely disappointed? I don't recall seeing a 20,000 gap in the crowd,” Gallagher retorted.

    The forecast for tomorrow's concert is good with highs of between 17C and 18C and with little breeze and a strong sun, it may be a day for sunscreen.

    “There might be a slight risk of a shower in the morning, but it will clear up by midday. It will be nice enough but not as warm as it is going to be next week,” said Met Éireann forecaster Dr Aidan Nulty.

    Via L4e / Source: www.irishtimes.com



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      20,000 Asked For 'Oasis at Heaton Park' Refunds

    From Noel Gallagher's Official Tour Diary:

    Hello? Is there anybody out there? Been having technical problems with the lines of communication of late. Sorry for the break in transmission. Normal service is now resumed - and no, you're not getting your money back!!

    While I'm on that subject, it seems that around 20,000 of you have asked for a refund from that night at Heaton Park!! 20,000!! So you were genuinely disappointed? I don't recall seeing a 20,000 gap in the crowd. Cheeky cunts! Tsk ..some people.

    Anyway, no such problems in Scotland. Gig at Murrayfield was great. Great crowd, as always. The Enemy and Kasabian were on top form. Didn't see The Reverend.

    Apart from - yet again! - some poor DJ'ing from Romeo the party in the dressing room was a good-un. Didn't leave 'til the sun came up. Respect to Kasabian. They were still there when I left and they had a gig in Glasgow last night! Fuck that. They must've been rough as arseholes.

    Off to Dublin today where, for one night only, we will welcome The Prodigy to the tour. Slane Castle tomorrow. Silvermints, Tayto crisps and brunches! YUMMY.

    In a bit.

    GD.

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      Liam Gallagher on Fights, Fans and Snobby Mums

    THERE was blood, there was rock'n'roll, and there were irate primary school mums. It was just another day in the life of Liam Gallagher.

    But as the dust settled the day after Oasis had graced the stage at Murrayfield, the band's frontman was still "up for it" as he embarked on a tour of the city's pubs.

    Stopping to chat with fans, pose for photographs and sign autographs, he called in at The Jinglin' Geordie in Fleshmarket Close yesterday afternoon, where one of the locals from the neighbouring Halfway House invited him for another tipple.

    He headed down the Close and spent an hour and a half tucked into a corner booth of Edinburgh's smallest boozer.

    Pub owner Steve Whiting said: "I said I'd stand him the first one, so I bought him a Guinness. He looked like he was enjoying himself. The first thing he did was go straight to the jukebox and put the Stones and the Beatles on. He was chatting with all the locals, he seemed very personable indeed. He said the gig had gone very well."

    A pint or two into his walkabout, Liam slipped out for a cigarette and a chat to the Evening News, ready to wax lyrical about the Capital, which he described as: "Beautiful, amazing, f****** biblical, in fact. Words can't explain it, it's just something that's out of my realm, really f****** beautiful. The best it can be."

    He said he'd decided to opt for a liquid lunch after failing to get a feed at his hotel: "I rang room service at about half 11 and said 'Can I have breakfast?' They said 'No' so I said 'Can I have dinner then?', and they said 'No', so I thought I'll have a pint and meet the people," he said.

    Asked if he was "chuffed" with the way the gig had gone, he said: "I don't do it to be chuffed, I do it because it's something that's got to be done. I wouldn't do it to enjoy it, it's not about being a smiley-pants. My reason is to make people happy and not break people's days, to make people's days. The crowd was beautiful."

    Not everybody's day was made by the band's arrival. As the News reported on Wednesday, parents at Roseburn Primary, close to Murrayfield, were fuming when the council closed the school for the afternoon because of the crowds expected in the area.

    On stage, Liam dedicated Cigarettes and Alcohol to "everyone who had half a day off" and the "snobby" mums at Roseburn, but in the cold light of day, he reflected: "They didn't p*** me off, I thought it was cool. I just hate posh people who work all day. It's about time they spent time with their kids and I reckon they should have had a full day off with their kids, not just a half day off. It's about the kids."

    The night was also marred by violence when a man was badly beaten up on the pitch before Oasis arrived onstage, but Liam was laid back about the ruck: "I didn't see it. But that's f****** Oasis man, that's rock and roll. Fine, if that's what people want to talk about, but fighting at a rock and roll concert, f****** hell, do they not scrap here every night when someone stands on their kebab? Is it the first f****** fight that's ever happened in Edinburgh?"

    On which note, he made his way back up Fleshmarket Close, stopping to be photographed with a blushing fan, who said: "Sorry, you must get so fed up of this."

    "No, I f****** love it," he replied.

    via L4e / scotsman.com



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    Thursday, June 18, 2009


      Alan McGee Chats About Music and More

    Music web zine Zani sat down with Creation Records founder Alan McGee. Here's a small excerpt :


    ZANI - The first ten years of Creation were exciting, with signings such as Primal Scream and Jesus and Mary Chain, who sold to Blanco Y Negro for £75,000. What were the first ten years like for Creation Records, I guess that is pretty hard to sum up?


    Alan McGee - For the first four years, I saw it as a hobby. Then in 1988, The House Of Love went gold, and My Bloody Valentine went silver. Around the end of 1988, or the start of 1989, I then realised it was a prober job. As Creation was seen as being responsible of critical acclaimed albums during this period

    ZANI – Like Screamadelica.

    Alan McGee - That was 1991.

    ZANI – I know, but I adore that album, but still in the first ten years.

    Alan McGee - I signed Primal Scream but nobody liked them. But people liked a lot of the other acts on Creation. Like The Weather Prophets, My Bloody Valentine and The House of Love. During this period, I was getting a lot of respect from the public and the industry and I was enjoying that. Then we started to move into the bigger stuff and shift albums and I think at that point, is when Creation became a real business.

    ZANI – Going back to Primal Scream, and the remark you made that no one really liked them. But it was the track Loaded in 1990 that put them on the map and won them a whole new audience, the Acid House generation. Do you think that the DJ Andy Weatherall was hugely instrumental in the success of this single and the album Screamadelica?

    Alan McGee - To be honest before this point they weren’t very good. Primal Scream would be in denial about this. Andy Weatherall took one bit from their single Losing More Than I'll Ever Have, and mixed it.

    Then Primal Scream suddenly reinvented themselves as this big dance rock band, but I think they were a little before their time. But I don’t listen to their singles anymore; I don't listen to their music anymore to be honest. I only listen to two bands from Creation in 2009.

    ZANI – I know, Oasis and Teenage Fan club, why not the others?

    Alan McGee - It’s nothing personal, I mean that about all the records I have put out over the years, I just don’t listen to them anymore. There only two bands, that I still listen to, for enjoyment, that is Teenage Fan Club and Oasis. Teenage Fan’s "Everything Flows" still gets me every time. It came out before I signed them and I signed them on the strength of this.

    ZANI - I still love Oasis, and they seem to be back with vengeance. As we know, your meeting with Oasis on 18th May at 1993 Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is legendary. What was it that really turned you on about them, or is that unexplainable?

    Alan McGee - They were just good, it that’s simple. Noel’s guitar playing was brilliant and Liam looked the part.

    ZANI - Is it true before you signed Oasis, you thought they were fascists because of their use of the Union Jack?

    Alan McGee - That was a year before I signed them, it was only because I was told that by Debbie Turner. I was in her office and I saw their poster with the swirling Union Jack on the wall, I asked if they were a fascist band, she said yes they are.

    ZANI – There is one artist on the Creation label that hardly ever gets a mention, a very beautiful woman called Idha.

    Alan McGee - Her second album Troublemaker is a fucking amazing record. She’s a house wife in Sweden now. But to her credit to if you make an album that good, you probably don’t need to do it again.

    ZANI – True, one last question on Oasis, what it your favourite track by them and your fondest memory of the band ?

    Alan McGee - Probably ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ is my favourite track. I have many fond memories of Oasis, but probably The Word in 1994 doing ‘Supersonic’. I was ill in a drug rehabilitant centre and seriously depressed as I was coming off the gear, but watching Oasis on TV for the first time made me forget all about that.

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      Tom Clarke on Liam Gallagher: He's a Really Top Guy

    The Enemy frontman Tom Clarke has set the record straight on 'that' Oasis feud.

    The pair came to blows after Liam thought the Coventry star called him a has-been.

    But it was the Gallagher brother who approached Tom on the first night of their current tour to apologise for misunderstanding the situation.

    Tom said: "He's a really top guy. He came up to me and said he might have misunderstood the situation.

    "I was alseep in Japan when the whole thing kicked off and woke up wondering what had happened.

    "All I was saying is that Oasis are one of the greatest f***ing bands in the world and I would love to be able to be in their position one day."

    He also spoke of bandmates Andy and Liam, saying there is nothing they could ever do to put their friendship in jeopardy.

    Tom said: "They are closer than family. We have spent pretty much every day together for the last three years since this journey began.

    "They are the only ones that know what it feels like to be in this band with me.

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      Liam and Noel Gallaghrs Devine Inspiration

    Oasis at Murrayfield Edingburgh: 4 Stars

    Jesus Christ has allegedly joined Oasis, and to see Edinburgh undergo a transformation from torrential rain to cloudless sunny skies, you would be inclined to believe Noel Gallagher.



    Their new hirsute keyboard player was all but anonymous as big brother led the band through the old favourites, guitar stompers all.

    Opening with Rock & Roll Star, this was punter friendly stuff, with even those who look like they would struggle to remember their own name managing to sing every word.

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    Cigarettes And Alcohol was followed swiftly by Roll With It, the homage to British seventies glam rock, with the elder Gallagher looking like a man just roused from a light sleep as he blisses out on another guitar solo.

    Then Noel dedicated a song to "the missus who lives more or less across the road", before launching into a stadium-rocking version of The Masterplan.

    "I would like to introduce our fifth and last drummer, Chris Sharrock, from Liverpool," quipped Noel.

    His pounding tom tom intros adorned most of what was good last night, and there is a nagging impression that the band's leader has tired of the singalong simplicity of Wonderwall and Half A World Away. Maybe there is a another album in them yet.

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      Liam Gallagher Mad Fer Haggis

    IT IS not the first image that springs to mind when you mention Liam Gallagher and Whiski.

    But when the Oasis frontman and his band called into a Royal Mile bar they wanted to head into the kitchen to see how a haggis is cooked.


    The world-famous band spent seven hours eating and drinking in Whiski.

    And they were so impressed with the banter and service from staff they left a gift that will live forever in their minds.

    The band, who called into the bar on Tuesday, handed over four VIP tickets for last night's sell-out Murrayfield gig as a thank-you for the afternoon they had enjoyed.

    Spearheaded by singer Liam, the band also asked to be shown the kitchen area so they could see a haggis being cooked for the first time.

    Owner Gary Still said: "They came in at about three o'clock but we didn't even realise it was them until about five, when one of the workers recognised them.

    "They just seemed like ordinary guys in having a few drinks.

    "They were all extremely pleasant, and dealt with the autograph hunters and people wanting photographs very well. We've had bands in before, but these guys were the most famous yet."

    There were around 12 of them in total, including sound engineers and other crew, although band leader and main writer Noel Gallagher was not in attendance.

    Despite being rock and roll stars, they told fans that instead of hitting traditionally trendy areas such as George Street, they were more than happy half a world away in the Royal Mile pub.

    Little by little, more members of the public realised who was drinking nearby and squeezed through the door to seek photos and autographs with their heroes and performers of classic songs familiar to millions.

    Mr Still, who rebranded the pub in May 2007, added: "They left a nice tip, although I'm not sure exactly how much, and drank mostly beer, though I'm sure they tried some of our whiskies as well.

    "It's great for us that someone as popular as this should choose to stay with us in the bar. Some had approached asking where they would go next and they replied they would stay in Whiski because they thought it was 'cool'.

    "They went down to the kitchen as well because they'd never seen a haggis before, so we cooked one for them so they could see for themselves how it was all done.

    "We did generally leave them alone, and although a lot of people came up to speak to them they were generally left in peace."

    The band, who have played several times in the Capital before, are understood to have left the pub at around 10pm.

    via L4e / edinburghnews.scotsman.co.uk



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      Oasis at Murrayfield Edinburgh





    Anyone seeking online news updates on the state of the Gallagher brothers' fractious relationship during this latest blockbusting UK tour might have been directed by their search engine to a popular web-based betting company currently offering odds on just how long it would take the band to combust.

    Would Liam storm off during their next show? What would his first cliche of the evening be? Would it be the long since passed-into-parody "mad fer it"? Who said Oasis had become predictable, huh?

    For this group, after 18 years as a going concern and a benchmark 15 since the release of their first single Supersonic, it's long since stopped being a question of what new tricks they'll pull out of the bag and is now a simple matter of in which order they'll be produced.

    And ideally, how amusing Noel will be or how much rudeness Liam can muster in the between-song gaps.

    Oasis fans, in their musical tastes and partying proclivities, know what they want and they want it to excess.

    The gutters full of empty bottles and beer cases surrounding Murrayfield, and the fact that the local primary school had to be closed for fear of the oncoming horde, reinforces the largely mistaken stereotype that Oasis's crowd is comprised of beer-addled barbarians. In fact, the large majority of their fans, like the band themselves, are simply romantics and nostalgics who are chasing the dream of a rock'n'roll glory era that never quite existed. The atmosphere was charged, but only the odd swaying beacon of shirt-off overindulgence let the side down. Even the infamous fraternal rivalry between the Gallaghers isn't going to bring an end to the night anymore.

    After more than a decade spent playing before tens of thousands of people, Liam and Noel either know the importance of not inconveniencing an army of fans, or have just mellowed out.

    It speaks volumes that the harshest exchange between the duo started with the black leather-jacketed Noel dedicating "the last song to my missus, who's from just along there", pointing eastwards, "or maybe over there", gesturing to the south (his partner is from Edinburgh). When Liam – wearing a camouflage green knee-length waterproof coat – emerged after The Masterplan to reassert his own vocal authority, he declared "well this one (Songbird] is for my missus". It felt like the pair were in competition to see who could be the most soppy.

    The Gallaghers' asides are an integral part of the show by now, though, and are mostly quite amusing. "This is our fifth and final drummer, Mr Chris Sharrock", said Noel upon introducing the band. "He's from Liverpool, we found him on the Discovery Channel." Their particularly hirsute keyboard player was identified as "Mr Jesus Christ".

    The band would be ill-advised to pull any surprises before such a crowd, so played a straight greatest-hits set with only the occasional recourse to their most recent album Dig Out Your Soul. The more devoted fans might have been pleased to hear My Big Mouth, a long-mothballed highlight of their critical downturn Be Here Now, receive an airing.

    The infrequently-played Half The World Away also provided a curiously tender few minutes, but old favourites are the order of this tour – Live Forever, Supersonic, Roll With It, Slide Away, an uproariously received Cigarettes and Alcohol and perennial set-closer I am the Walrus.

    The Importance of Being Idle and recent hit Falling Down show Noel's songwriting muse didn't desert him in 1997, but to the band's most passionate fans the period preceding that year will always be Oasis' glory days.

    Source: www.scotsman.com

    Oasis played:

    Fucking In The Bushes
    Rock N Roll Star
    Lyla
    Shock Of The Lightning
    Roll With It
    Cigarettes And Alcohol
    To Be Where There’s Life
    Waiting For The Rapture
    The Masterplan
    Songbird
    Slide Away
    Morning Glory
    My Big Mouth
    The Importance Of Being Idle
    Half The World Away
    Wonderwall
    Live Forever
    Supersonic

    Don't Look Back In Anger
    Falling Down
    Champagne Supernova
    I Am The Walrus



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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009


      Violent Act Spoils Oasis Concert at Murrayfield Stadium

    A music lovers dream turned into a nightmare at Murrayfield stadium yesterday as a gang of thugs viciously beat a man during the build-up to an Oasis concert.

    Shocked music fans watched in horror at the historic gig as a fight between two men escalated into a full-blown beating.

    Overcome by three further attackers, the man, said to be in his mid-thirties, was punched and kicked in the head after falling to the floor.

    He was left bloodied and unconscious by the attack which happened on the western part of the pitch just before 8pm during a performance from indie rockers Kasabian.

    Eyewitness Jennifer Patterson, from Edinburgh, said that security staff simply watched as the fight escalated.

    She said: “He was unconscious and bleeding on the ground for ten minutes and security just stood and did nothing.

    “I’ve no idea how it started, there were pint glasses being thrown in the air then all of a sudden two men started going at it.

    “Before I knew there were four or five guys beating him while he was on the floor.

    “The main culprit who was putting the boot in just walked away – it’s a disgrace.”

    Other eyewitnesses said that the man was taken away by ambulance crews for treatment after lying on the ground for several minutes following the assault.

    St Andrew’s Ambulance service, who were providing first-aid support for the gig, were not available for comment.

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      Leave your Booze and Drugs at Home for Slane Castle Concert

    Superintendent Michael Devine from Navan Garda Station said anybody using illegal substances or abusing alcohol “stands a reasonable chance of winding up in court in Navan”. Special court sittings have been arranged for Saturday night and Sunday morning following the concert.

    Supt Devine said there will be an alcohol ban on the streets of Slane though the pubs in the village will be open and nobody will be allowed to bring in alcohol into the venue.

    Saturday's concert which will features The Prodigy and Kasabian is a sell-out and 80,000 people are expected to attend.

    Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mountcharles said the only trouble ever experiened at Slane Castle was when Bob Dylan played the venue 25 years ago and lessons were learned from that. “I say to members of the public, respect the people of Slane and realise that unsociable behaviour is unacceptable,” he said.

    Gardaí have advised fans who are being dropped off at the venue by coaches to return to the designated coaches area which is on the N2 for fans returning to Dublin and the East Coast and the Navan and the Cullen roads for the rest of the country. At previous concerts fans have become lost when the coaches did not pick them up at the place where they were dropped off in the first place.

    The traffic plan for Saturday's event is on the Garda website at www.garda.ie and motorists not travelling to the concert are advised to avoid the Slane area if possible.

    The majority of cars will travel via the M1 motorway to dedicated car parks on the N51 Drogheda road, Slane. There will also be car parking on the N2 both north of Slane and on the Navan side of Slane on the N51. There will be car parking south of Slane on the N2.

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      Bookmakers offer 8/1 odds that Liam Gallagher Pulls Out of Gig

    This Saturday’s Oasis gig at Slane Castle in County Meath could be cancelled according to bookmakers Paddy Power because the Gallagher brothers can’t even stand to be in the same room as each other!

    Liam Might Not Turn Up
    Liam and Noel have apparently been at each other’s throats for the last two weeks and Paddy Power are offering odds of 8/1 that Liam pulls out of Saturday’s gig and 9/1 that it gets cancelled completely because of the alleged feud.

    Fight On Stage Is Possible

    Even if the gig does start with Liam there, it is not guaranteed he will complete, Paddy Power offer 3/1 that he has a temper tantrum and storms off mid performance and you can even get 8/1 that Liam and Noel have an argument on stage.

    Hotel Rooms To Be Trashed?
    You can get 10/1 with Paddy Power that the pair trash their rooms after the gig in true rock n roll style whilst Liam is 50/1 to throw a TV out of their room!

    First Cliché For Liam
    Bets are even available on the first cliché that Liam comes out with first on the night. Howareya is the 3/1 favourite with Paddy Power whilst Mad For It is 7/2 with Paddy Power. For a full list of clichés you can bet on or to see what other Oasis specials are available at Paddy Power visit the Paddy Power website and click on Novelty Bets.

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      Oasis Ready to Rock the Castle

    Some 14 years after their first performance at Slane Castle, Oasis are looking forward to a triumphant return to the Banks of The Boyne next Saturday where they will perform before a crowd in excess of 80,000.




    For the eighth Marquis Conyngham (formerly Lord Henry Mountcharles), this will be a very special concert and a real local and family affair.

    The Marquis (who inherited his title this year on the death of his father) will be joined by a large family circle but, most importantly, by his first grandchild, sixth-month-old Laragh, daughter of his son, Alex (now Lord Mountcharles) and his wife, Carina.

    The Marquis, who still wants to be called Henry Mountcharles, and his wife, Iona, will be joined by a large family circle, godchildren and friends for the occasion. He said it will be an even bigger family affair for another local family – the Gallaghers.

    Oasis frontmen Noel and Liam Gallagher have their roots in Duleek where their father, Thomas, grew up and where they spent many holidays as children. Thomas Gallagher’s family still live in Duleek and, at the press conference last year at which the concert was announced, Noel Gallagher recalled that the last time they played Slane, they had about 80 relatives in the audience. “But now they’ve grown up and have their own children, so there will be even more there on 20th June,” he said.

    Mountcharles realls his first time to see Oasis live was in Manhattan. “I went to see them with Iona and Adam Clayton and was very impressed by them. There were only about 1,000 people at the show, but they put on a fantastic peformance.

    “They were wonderful in Slane in 1995 when they supported REM and I have wanted them to headline Slane for a good number of years,” he said. “The fact that Noel came here in person for the press launch shows just how important this gig is on their tour. It is very much in the rock ’n’ roll tradition of Slane and the fact that Oasis has such local roots really appeals to me and to a lot of people.”




    There has been an incredible amount of interest in this gig, but this isn’t unusual; Slane has featured in the Boston Globe, LA Times and the New York Times in the past and the Springsteen concert in 1985 featured on network television news in the US.

    “DVDs of U2 and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers performing in Slane enjoyed phenomenal global sales and there are countless images of the Slane rock concerts on YouTube.

    ”Slane is not a conventional venue, it is not like a stadium, it has a different feel and the acts and performers like that. The history and nature of the venue, combined with the calibre of the acts, are what makes it so popular,” he said.

    Preparation for this year’s concert, which also features The Blizzards, Glasvegas, Kasabian and The Prodigy, have been underway for some time but activity at Slane Castle has intensified in the past week or two.

    For instance, last Wednesday there were hundreds of people on the concert site, erecting barriers and fencing, putting in a new roadway to improve crowd safety, upgrading existing roads and erecting marquees.

    “We also have a lot of people involved in administration and co-ordination and handling media enquiries,” Mountcharles says. “We have been at it so long that everybody seems to know what they have to do.” He admitted the preperations would become more feverish as the day gets closer.

    He also is very conscious of the disruption the concert causes in the local community and says they do everything they can to keep it to a minimum. “We didn’t have a show last year and people missed it. It brings life and economic activity to the village,” he said, pointing out that it also benefits business in Drogheda, Navan, Ashbourne and further afield.

    “It doesn’t just benefit the area on the day of the concert. It heightens interest in the area,” he said.

    Tragedy has stalked the concert in the past, particularly as a number of people have lost their lives in the Boyne at past concerts. Mountcharles said a river rescue operation, monitored by the Irish Coastguard, will be in place to prevent people from getting into the river.

    “The Boyne is a beautiful river to look at but it is not for plunging into. I want to warn people to keep away from the river. It may look calm and placid but it is dangerous and it is not clever to go into it,” he said.

    Mountcharles is already in negotiations for next year’s concert but, as usual, is remaining tightlipped about possible acts for that gig. He is also looking at other events for the castle. Apart from rock concerts and corporate events, weddings and other special events are held there regularly.

    The Slane peer is really looking forward to the weekend and expects he will be absolutely “knackered” on Monday but feels, once again, it will be well worth it. He is urging concert-goers to respect the residents of Slane. “I need their support for the shows. So please follow directions from the Gardai and the road signage. Enjoy the show, but don’t spoil the day for anyone else,” he said.

    via L4e / www.meathchronicle.ie



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    Tuesday, June 16, 2009


      MSN Does Not Like Oasis...Who Cares?



    Lead Singer Disease

    In England, they still pay attention to what rock stars say. Which may have been the whole problem with Liam Gallagher, lead singer of Oasis, in the first place.

    Gallagher and his brother Noel (who writes all the songs) are world-champion bigmouths, and the British press loves — even now, many years past their days as the U.K.'s biggest band — to transcribe every word.

    Talking smack about other bands, heaving praise at their own or merely bloviating about TV, soccer and politics, the brothers Gallagher have a lot to say, and all of it is informed by monstrous egoism.

    But where Noel has both musical talent and wit, Liam is just a vain blowhard, as evidenced by such textbook LSD shenanigans as walking out on live shows (before and during), punching out paparazzi, demanding that his songs get included on albums, marrying a model-actress, marrying a fellow pop star, saying his band is the best in the world, saying he's the only good thing about his band, calling his audience unprintable names, etc.

    One can only hope there's an LSD quarantine in effect for Great Britain.

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      Promoters Warn Fans Against Purchasing Counterfeit Oasis Tickets

    Music fans attending this weekend's Oasis concert at Slane Castle have been warned against buying tickets from unofficial sources, with stringent security checks promised to weed out forgeries.

    Promoter MCD said every ticket would be checked and those with the counterfeit tickets face being turned away, or even prosecution.

    Concertgoers were also issued with a list of dos and don'ts for the sold-out gig in Co Meath, including an impressive catalogue of banned items. Fold-up and blow-up chairs have made the prohibited list, along with garden furniture, fireworks, laser pens or pointers, umbrellas, spikes, studs and other dangerous items, glass, cans and alcohol of any kind.

    Crowd-surfing is forbidden, overnight camping has been banned and no queuing is allowed before midday. Gates will open at 2pm on Saturday, with the first act, The Blizzards, taking to the stage at 3pm. Glasvegas are due to go on at 4pm ahead of Kasabian at 5.30pm and The Prodigy at 7pm.

    Headline act Oasis, who last played at Slane as a support act for REM in 1995, are due on stage at 8.30pm.




    Concertgoers have also been urged to pack their wellingtons, to deal with the unpredictable Irish weather, while warnings have again been issued against swimming in the River Boyne in the vicinity of the castle.

    Bathing has been prohibited between Stackallen bridge and one kilometre downstream from Slane bridge, and fans have been reminded that there is no access to the castle from the river.

    Security in the area has been tight, particularly since two people drowned at Slane in 1995 during the REM concert.

    The usual long delays getting to and from the venue are predicted, with people urged to use public transport or car pool to help cut down on delays.

    Dublin Bus will operate a service between noon and 4pm leaving from Parnell Square West in the city centre, departing every 20 minutes. Buses will return from Slane straight after the concert. Tickets are priced at €20 and can be bought online from www.dublinbus.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

    For those who are driving, a traffic management plan has been put in place by gardaí. Those travelling from Dublin and the south of the country are asked to travel via the M50 and M1, while those coming from Drogheda, Navan and the west should use the N51. Travellers from the north of the country are asked to come via the M1 and take the Dunleer/Collon exit. Car parks will be open from noon, with an expected 20 to 30 minute walk to the venue.

    Private coaches are to travel via the N2 rather than the M1, with no parking available for coaches or buses on the N51.

    Parking for those with impaired mobility is available beside the concert site. Concertgoers requiring the use of these facilities will need a disabled badge or pass, and should arrive via the N51 from Navan.

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    Monday, June 15, 2009


      Paul Gallagher: Never Felt Like I Was In Their Shadows

    THE DJ brother of rock’s most famous siblings — Noel and Liam Gallagher — has said he’s happy doing his own thing and has no regrets about not joining Oasis.

    Paul Gallagher, the eldest of the three brothers and a successful DJ with a residency in a Belgium nightclub, said it was his love of music which influenced Noel and Liam when they were growing up and that he was never made to feel that he was in their shadow.



    Paul will be in Northern Ireland this week to DJ in the run-up to the Oasis concert at Slane Castle this Saturday.

    He’ll be DJing at Sandino’s in Londonderry tomorrow and the Duke of York in Belfast on Thursday before heading to Dublin on Friday night.

    “I used to manage bands myself but gave it up after 10 years or so. It’s a fine way to lose money. I’ve a few other things in the pipeline but the DJing takes up most of my time. I have a residency in Belgium and DJ all over Europe.

    “This will be my first time doing so many nights in Ireland though and I’m really looking forward to it.

    “I never wanted to be in Oasis. I do my own thing and that’s fine by me. Other people try to wind me up by asking me how I feel about Noel and Liam living in another world from me but I point out that they’re living in another world from most people so it doesn’t bother me.

    “I never felt like I was in their shadows at all. I do what I do, they do what they do,” he said.


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      Set Times For Oasis Gigs at Murrayfield and Slane Castle

    Murrayfield

    Gates 16.00
    17-17.40 Rev and The Makers
    18-18.40 The Enemy
    19-20.00 Kasabian
    20.30 - Oasis

    Slane Castle

    12.00 Gates
    15-15.30 The Blizzards
    16-17.00 Glasvegas
    17.30-18.30 Kasabian
    19.00-20.00 The Prodigy
    20.30 Oasis



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      Oasis: From King Tut's to Global Domination


    HANDCLAPS are easy, right? Two palms, slap 'em together, simple.

    Apparently not.

    "That's f***ing rubbish," declares Owen Morris. "Do it again."



    Along with Noel Gallagher and half a dozen others, I'm gathered around a microphone in the aptly-named Loco Studios in South Wales putting the finishing touches - in the form of handclaps - to Some Might Say, the song that will become Oasis' first No1 single.


    It's the wee small hours of the morning and the patent inability of anyone except Noel to grasp the basic concept of keeping time are driving even the usually upbeat producer to roars of frustration.

    We try again. And again. And, oh yes, again.

    By the time of the finished mix the hapless clatter of our contribution is buried discreetly in proceedings, but still there - just - an everlasting reminder of a while spent at the heart of a freshly forming hurricane, a band on their way to changing the face of British music.

    Noel had first played me the demo of Some Might Say a couple of weeks earlier, at the house in Fulham, London, he was renting from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.




    Even in its basic state it was obviously a great song and I jokingly asked him what he'd ripped off.

    Without pausing, he immediately admitted, "Ooh, La, La by The Faces. Top tune!"

    That night he also confided that he'd got a song called All Around The World that would "f***ing walk the Eurovision Song Contest", a competition he'd always had a quiet hankering to enter.

    Years later it was to be released as an Oasis single instead, becoming an immediate highlight of their set. And Eurovision's loss.

    "I've got hundreds of songs," Noel told me that weekend in Wales. "And they're all classics."

    True to his word, what he'd written by then formed the basis of their first two albums. Plenty more, some of which were recorded in impromptu sessions, have yet to see the light of day. There's one heck of an archive filed away for the future.

    All this was back in 1995, but even then it was obvious Oasis had no intention of being a flash in the pan.

    "We're going to be huge," Noel told me, even mapping out the dates of chart-topping singles for the year ahead. To this day I've never met anyone with such extraordinary self- confidence - and just about all of his masterplan seems to have come true.

    On Wednesday, Oasis play Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium in front of 55,000 fans, many with a passion for the band stretching back 15 years.


    And they'll be celebrating the fact that Scotland has played an essential part in their journey from Mancunian chancers with an extensive knowledge of The Beatles' back catalogue to global superstars.

    It was way back in May, 1993 when Oasis turned up at King Tut's in Glasgow, muscling their way into a support slot with 18 Wheeler.

    In the audience that night was Alan McGee, head honcho of Creation Records, who immediately sensed that the combination of Fab Four and Sex Pistols might just be capable of changing everyone else's world as thrillingly as his.

    Urging me to investigate, he directed me towards The Boardwalk in Manchester, a dingy venue under which Oasis had commandeered a rehearsal room, complete with Union Jack flag and a heap of amplifiers.

    And so, with just a couple of other people, I was treated to the wonder of a full set including Rock'N'Roll Star, Supersonic and even their extended cover of The Beatles' I Am The Walrus.

    Liam, dressed immaculately in white, fixed me with the stare he's used to captivate crowds a million times since, while Noel hunched in the background at the core of songs that managed to sound like both everything from rock history and nothing else on earth.

    Sonically it may have been pretty raw, but the tunes were startling and the almost casual cockiness with which they delivered getting on for a dozen songs that would later be captured on record was breathtaking.

    A demo of Oasis during that period was rejected by several local labels before McGee put his faith in them. Even now, it still sends tingles down the spine.

    I was hooked in seconds. And unsurprisingly a few months later they signed a record contract with McGee. The adventure had begun.

    "Right from the beginning I never had any doubt about the quality of our songs," says Noel. "You look at the bands around then and even their best stuff we wouldn't have put out as B-sides."

    This total self-belief has marked out Noel throughout the years, even leading him to say: "With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The only thing is, they got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there."

    Equally, he was down to earth about the reasons for his success, telling me: "You pick up your guitar, you rip a few people's tunes off, you swap them around a bit, get your brother in the band, punch his head in every now and then, and it sells.

    "I'm a great songwriter, but I'm not the most talented musician."

    That said, the vision was always there. "I wasn't put on this earth to amass money or personal wealth," he confided. "I was put on this earth to play guitar and write songs. We dragged English guitar music out of the gutter." The King Tut's gig was only the 15th they'd ever played, but it marked the beginning of an enduring relationship with fans north of the border. "Scottish audiences have always been great," Noel revealed. "Right from the beginning they were always up for it."

    A hint of what was to come took place at their appearance at T In The Park in 1994 when they blew away most of the better-known acts with a performance that saw them taking shape as an outfit that could both boss the stage and also be a band that fans could identify with.

    As Noel told me: "Phil Collins sold five times as many records as I did. Does that make him nearly as influential as I am? Nope."

    In 1995 they played two nights at Irvine Beach in Ayrshire - a couple of shows that remain up there with the finest they've ever played.

    A gig at Loch Lomond in 1996 even saw one of their old heroes John Squire from the Stone Roses join them for Champagne Supernova, a symbolic passing of the baton to a group who continue to fill stadiums all over the world.

    Oasis' original guitarist, Bonehead, recently commented that he thinks Oasis ought to have packed it in after their biggest outdoor gig of all at Knebworth in 1996, remembering: "It was all just people. People as far as you could see."

    Knebworth was certainly undeniably massive and you could sense that the band themselves were gobsmacked by its enormity.

    As they went through rehearsals in a London studio for the two nights that were to get into the record books as the largest gigs ever undertaken in the UK, even Liam was questioning their worth.

    "It's mad," he told me. "Where are we going to play next? The moon?"

    The backstage area at Knebworth was larger than some festivals, with Oasis transported around on buggies and a VIP tent that found Kate Moss rubbing shoulders with Jarvis Cocker, Stuart Pearce and a host of other celebs flown in by helicopter.

    That night, the best-ever Oasis tribute band, No Way Sis, slept on my hotel room floor and, for that weekend, they actually seemed closer in spirit to the band that they were impersonating.

    Knebworth was so overblown that it could have finished Oasis and, indeed you sense that the potential for falling apart is never that far from the surface. So what keeps them going after all these years?

    The Gallagher brothers' relationship is certainly as volatile as ever with Noel's latest jibe about Liam being that "he's like a man with just forks in a world of soup", yet the recent Dig Out Your Soul album has been critically acclaimed as their best in a decade.

    And Noel's ability to write great songs seems to have been reinvigorated with him admitting to have penned half a dozen new songs in recent weeks and one splendid new number called If I Had A Gun already doing the rounds on the internet.

    A world tour that's going to take another huge chunk out of their nights on the sofa means that some of the important things are easy to lose track of - but Noel has taken advantage of a rare few days off to "avoid Britain's Got Talent and catch up on what's going on in Coronation Street and the football".

    Unsurprisingly Barcelona's victory over Manchester United in the Champions League final warmed the heart of a lifelong City fan.

    Indeed, Barca's semi-final victory over Chelsea prompted him to proclaim: "Is there a greater sight in world football than a p****d-off Didier Drogba? Hmm . . . a snivelling John Terry, maybe?"

    He's also enthusiastically embracing the internet, with a regularly updated blog called Tales From the Middle of Nowhere available on the band's MySpace site.

    Before last week's hometown show in Manchester's Heaton Park he was eager to put to bed any rumours about conflict between Oasis - which also features bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer - and support band The Enemy. It was a reminder that he's as unwilling as ever to stand for idle troublemaking.

    "There's been an attempt to try and start some juvenile, pathetic feud between the bands in the run up to these gigs," he wrote.

    "Can I assure everyone that there is not and never will be anything between the working classes and its heroes."

    Still ready to kick up a wonderfully righteous commotion then.

    In fact, the first night of the Manchester show saw rather more drama than anyone could have predicted, with a power cut leaving them to have to exit the stage TWICE before even getting going.

    When they finally got under way Liam announced that "it's a free gig from now on" and promised everyone they could get their money back.

    It was a typically impulsive gesture and one that sets them apart from most of their peers. Would Bono have done the same? Perhaps the generator failure was a message from above, with Liam announcing onstage that the last time he'd been in Heaton Park was to see the Pope's visit, dedicating a song to him, but noting that Oasis had "more tunes".

    Barring another electrical act of God, handclaps are going to come mighty easy at Murrayfield.

    And there'll be 67,000 of them, gloriously, enthusiastically, inimitably heartfelt.

    No matter what the producer thinks . . .

    via L4e / source: Newsoftheworld.co.uk



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