Oasis Reviews Archive

Reviews from as many Oasis albums, singles and concerts as I can fine. Hopefully in the future incorporating pictures, audio and video.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Los Angeles, USA (Hollywood Bowl)

1. Fuckin' In The Bushes
2. Turn Up The Sun
3. Lyla
4. Bring It On Down
5. Morning Glory
6. Cigarettes & Alcohol
7. The Importance Of Being Idle
8. A Bell Will Ring
9. Acquiesce
10. Live Forever
11. Mucky Fingers
12. Wonderwall
13. Champagne Supernova
14. Rock 'N' Roll Star
15. Guess God Thinks I'm Abel
16. The Meaning Of Soul
17. Don't Look Back In Anger
18. My Generation

Liam Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
Gem Archer
Andy Bell
Zak Starkey


Oasis paid tribute to victims of Hurricane Katrina last night as they played their biggest ever show in Los Angeles (September 12).

The Manchester outfit were performing for the first time at the city's Hollywood Bowl , when midway into their set, frontman Liam Gallagher paused to pay tribute to one of the locales affected by the tragedy.

"The next one's for the people in New Orleans ," he said simply before the group launched into 'Live Forever' .

The band played a 90-minute set including the likes of 'Lyla', 'Champagne Supernova' , 'Wonderwall' , 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'Rock 'N' Roll Star' .

Before the group's second to last song - 'Don't Look Back In Anger' - guitarist Noel Gallagher took time to recognize Oasis reaching the landmark venue after over a decade of playing live the USA.

"It's nice to get here after all the years of fucking about in nightclubs," he laughed before dedicating the cover to "people of Mexican origin".

Steven Mirkin

For the first half-hour or so, things went along pretty much as expected at Oasis' Hollywood Bowl appearance Monday night. Noel Gallagher's songs have an embattled swagger, but they are only as good as the songs he steals from. "Lyla," from this year's "Don't Believe the Truth," nicks its clarion call (and opening lyrics) from the Stones' "Street Fighting Man," and "Cigarettes and Alcohol" remains the best T-Rex song Marc Bolan never wrote. But when the music faltered, there was no show to fall back on.

The band stood on stage like a couple of guys waiting for a bus (except for Zak Starkey, who sat and played drums while waiting for the bus to come). If they don't show any interest in what was going on (Liam Gallagher even walked off stage during instrumental passages or songs featuring vocals by brother Noel -- in the old days, he used to just sit on the drum riser), why should anyone else? They were preceded on stage by a prerecorded "Fuckin' in the Bushes," which got a more raucous response than anything that followed. In short, it was your typical Oasis show.

But about 15 minutes into the hourlong set, the bottom dropped out of Liam's voice. During "Cigarettes and Alcohol" his sneering bray deflated, turning strained and flat. And like President Bush's polls, it just kept getting worse and worse. Instead of the old Oasis, where the battles were Noel vs. Liam, at the Bowl it was Liam vs. Liam.

On "Live Forever" (which he dedicated to the people of New Orleans) it became almost painful, he seemed to have no control over his effects; all that was left was an off-key rasp. "Mucky Fingers," featuring Noel on lead vocal, arrived toward the end of the set, giving Liam a short rest. The lead guitarist has a better-than-serviceable voice, but he's given his brother all the best lines. This song, combining a Dylanesque melody and lyrics with an insistent piano from Velvet Underground's "Waiting for My Man," is one of those times he supplies superior material. Liam sounded a little stronger when he returned for "Wonderwall," but by the second chorus, his problems were back, and he screamed his way though "Champagne Supernova" and "Rock and Roll Star."

Jet didn't exactly set the house on fire, but at least lead singer Nic Cester had the good sense to get proactive about it. Their riff-heavy, '70s rock -- mixing AC/DC, Bad Company, Deep Purple and Humble Pie with a heavy dose of the Rolling Stones -- had an appealing sloppiness. Oasis returns to the Los Angeles area to headline KROQ's Inland Invasion on Sept. 17 and hits Gotham for the Across the Narrows festival on Staten Island Oct. 2.


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