31 August 2008

New Oasis Book Out In Sept.'08




















Oasis - A Year On The Road (Sept., 2008, $24.95) An evocative photo book of Oasis during their first, traumatic and wildly exciting year together.

Photographer Paul Slattery captured them on film every inch of the way, in the UK, on their first tours of the US & Japan, on video shoots, and on radio and TV appearances.

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Liam Gallagher On 'Rockin'on' Japanese Magazine Cover




















Liam Gallagher is on the front of 'Rockin'on' magazine in Japan this month, if anyone has any scans or pictures of the magazine please let me know.

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Chris Sharrock - The New Oasis Drummer












Born on the Wirral in 1964, Chris Sharrock cut his percussive teeth with '80s Scouse combo The Icicle Works, before beating the skins for The La's,World Party and, for the last 12 years Robbie Williams's backing band. Then Noel called...again.

This is the second time you've been offered the job of drummer in Oasis, isn't it? Noel says you were the original choice in 2004 before Zak Starkey joined...

Yeah. Noel phoned me four years ago and said "What do you think [about joining Oasis]?" and I was like "Yeah, interested, ring us back on Friday." And I waited four years for him to phone me back, basically. This time he phoned up and I was in bed watching Bargain Hunt. I hadn't done anything for 15 months. It was a bit of an uneventful time, so it was great to get a call.

Have you always been an Oasis fan?

Oh yeah. I've loved Oasis since they kicked off. I'm a fan, course. They're f***ing great, aren't they? Best rock'n'roll band in the world in my opinion.

Talk us through your drumming history...

The Icicle Works were my first real band. Everyone talks about me being in The La's but I was only there for about eight months. I left after the Mike Hedges session [the original 1990 version of the band's sole album] was scrapped and I ended up in the practice room on the Monday, just me playing drums and Lee [Mavers] reading a book on African drumming. I just didn't turn up the next day. I went straight from that to World Party. That was weird,cos it was like going from early Beatles with The La's to the White Album. And now I've joined the mid-period Beatles.

Have Liam or Noel ever taken the piss because you'd played with Robbie Williams for 12 years?

No! It's weird, no one's mentioned it. No one's taken the piss. Yet.

As a drummer you're quite a showman, throwing the sticks around...

Well I won't be doing any of that. When you've got Liam standing in front of you, it doesn't seem appropriate. I'm just clinging onto the sticks for dear life at the moment, never mind tossing them around. I'm just trying to get the drums as strong as possible. All 20 songs in the set are classics.

How will you cope if there are any rucks?

[Laughs] I dunno. I'll probably go and polish me drums or something.

Source: Q Magazine
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Oasis Gig Edmonton Setlist











01.- Rock & Roll Star
02.- Lyla
03.- The Shock Of The Lightning
04.- Cigarettes & Alcohol
05.- The Meaning Of Soul
06.- To Be Where Theres Life
07.- The Masterplan
08.- Songbird
09.- Slide Away
10.- Morning Glory
11.- Ain't Got Nothin
12.- The Importance Of Being Idle
13.- Wonderwall
14.- Supersonic
15.- Don't Look Back In Anger
16.- Falling Down
17.- Champagne Supernova
18.- I Am The Walrus

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Noel Gallagher On The Russell Brand Show Again














There was a short phone call with Noel in Calgary towards the end of last night's show. He was in the dressing room with the rest of the band, the BBC suddenly lost the line and he disappeared.

The "technical" problem might have been deliberate, because Noel was just about to hand the phone to Liam and I suspect Russell's producer panicked about Liam's potential use of language on what was a live to air show.

This is how the conversation went, until the "technical" problem.

Russell Brand: Hello Noel

Noel Gallagher: Alright mate? How are you doing?

Russell Brand: We are all OK, we missed you a bit you alright, were are you Seattle?

Noel Gallagher: No I'm in, hang on a minute were are we?....Calgary.

Russell Brand: You clique, you don't even know were you are? Your a rock cliche it's Wednesday it must be Calgary or Saturday whatever this day is actually called.

Noel Gallagher: I'm in Calgary in Canada, which is officially in the middle of nowhere.

Russell Brand: Do you like? it are you happy?

Noel Gallagher: Not really it's a bit creepy to be honest.

Russell Brand: Why what have you seen? What's happened to you mate?

Noel Gallagher: Nothing it's just a bit like that place in The Shining, you know what I mean?

Russell Brand: You want to turn your telly off or something mate, there something on in the background. It ain't half noarsing up our radio show, more then usual when you come on.

Noel Gallagher: Something in the background, that's them in the dressing room with the rest of the guys.

Russell Brand: From the band Oasis you are in, the rest of the guys.

Noel Gallagher: That's right, Shall I go outside? Is that any better for you?

Russell Brand: We are not letting Liam on this radio show, he'll ruin it

Matt Morgan: Go on.

Russell Brand: No.

Matt Morgan: Pass it to Liam.

Noel Gallagher: Liam , Liam wears a Geordie (a funny noise then silence.)

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Oasis Let Music Do The Talking



Renowned bad boys deliver rock-solid show

Oasis performed a sold-out show Saturday at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Attendance 12,000.

Belligerent brats.

There's a description that immediately comes to mind when we think of a concert featuring sneering Brit-pop kings Oasis and cranky folk-rocker Ryan Adams in the opening slot.

Approaching such rock delinquents there's always a certain air of both apprehension and expectation.

Will they act like creeps? And, if they don't, if they just show up, behave and play, without storming off halfway through, might we be just a bit let down?

Saturday's Oasis show at the 'Dome went down free of any stormy incidents at press time but there wasn't much about it that disappointed.

That has little to do with any bad-boy expectations either. It's down to the quality of the tunes, and Oasis rolled out plenty of those.

The Brits kicked off their set with the brash bluster of Rock & Roll Star, singer Liam Gallagher, 35, taking his trademark fighting stance at the mic.

Liam was reportedly struggling with throat problems Saturday night and that seemed to be the case. He definitely ducked the high notes in a few instances, as on Lyla and the raucous Cigarettes & Alcohol.

Still, his delivery maintained its Lennon-cum-Rotten snarl and that's the important thing with this kid.

OK, maybe attitude is an important ingredient in an Oasis gig.

Either way, there's an odd sweetness to Liam's dirty-faced approach and this proved especially true on the lovely Songbird.

As for the rest of the group, led by the band's guitarist Noel Gallagher, 41, they played with muscle and energy that couldn't be denied.

Storming versions of Slide Away and Morning Glory drove the crowd into a state of pure joy, shouting along with every word.

The show lost its momentum in a few instances as Oasis played new tunes off their yet-to-be-released Dig Out Your Soul disc, as well as songs from albums not as universally favoured as their first couple. But for the most part, those were strongly sold.

All had been forgiven at press time as the crowd responded with glee to the vicious Supersonic and two of the most rallying rock ballads of the '90s, Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger, on which a very capable Noel took the lead.

As for Ryan Adams, his set was not to be missed.

Adams' band The Cardinals, are certainly meant to be the Crazy Horse to his Neil Young with their scrappy folk-rock approach. That ragged glory infused tunes like Off Broadway, Goodnight Rose and This Is It, and the band's approach was largely appreciated.

As for his notoriously ugly demeanour, well, Adams grumbled half-heartedly in between songs for the most part, but he did show a bit of enthusiasm when he dedicated a new number to a special someone for whom he had a message. "I want to suck your face off," he said. "You make me feel like I'm riding on an electric unicorn."

Yep, he's an odd cat.

Actually, Adams was not the night's only warm-up act.

Kicking off the evening was California folk singer Matt Costa, a promising songwriter with a real knack for sweet pop hooks and a wry turn of phrase who made an excellent impression during his short set.

Source: www.canada.com

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30 August 2008

New Oasis Tour Programme








































































Here is a few photographs I found on ebay, of the new Oasis Tour Programme.

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Pictures Of Oasis In Edmonton





























The first pictures from visitors to the site have started arriving in my inbox, from last night's Oasis show in Edmonton, Canada.

Thanks to the people who have sent in pictures so far, and I hope it continues for the full tour.

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Oasis Talk About The New Album 'Dig Out Your Soul'




















The Meaning of Soul

Your complete guide to the new Oasis album, by the band themselves.

BAG IT UP
Driving psychedelic opener. Inspired by the track Baron Saturday, from The Pretty Things' 1968 concept album SF Sorrow.

Noel Gallagher: "Slow pounding acid rock, The Pretty Things vs The Pink Floyd on glue".
Andy Bell: "One of the first three tracks that Noel recorded at Gem's place (Archer's home studio) they were done in a very quiet, very basic way and they became the blueprint".

THE TURNING
Dreamy piano lead-verses explode into euphoric choruses featuring Liam inciting the listener to 'shake, your reptile baby'.

Noel Gallagher: "The Roses doing The Stooges with a nod to The World Of Twist. RIP Tony O".
Gem: "Liam's vocal is mega, strong but he's not caning it".

WAITING FOR THE RAPTURE
Riff-heavy number featuring Noel's most passionate vocal yet as he exhorts an unknown female to 'get me off the merry-go-round'

Noel Gallagher: "A love song inspired by the meeting of an Angel in Ibiza"
Andy Bell: "I think its about Sara, Noel can put things in a down-to-earth way that goes right to the core".

THE SHOCK OF THE LIGHTNING
Propulsive rocker with addictive 'Come in, come out' refrain that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Definitely Maybe.

Gem Archer: "Noel literally just played it the night before [it was recorded]. Did a little one-man-band job, played the drums, the bass, the guitar, sung it and came back up the stairs".

I'M OUTTA TIME
Beatles-esque Liam ballad with vulnerable lyric (''If I'm to fall/ Would you be there to applaud?''). Samples John Lennon from a radio interview done two days before his death.

Noel Gallagher: "Deceptively brilliant, one for the ladies".
Gem Archer: "It's really hearfelt, theres a melancholy there and that's whats Liam's showing".

(GET OFF YOUR) HIGH HORSE Lady
Bluesey acoustic stomp supported by handclaps and slammed drawers. Distorted vocal effects initially disguises identity of singer (it's Noel).

Noel Gallagher: "The oldest song on the album, originally demoed for Heathen Chemistry. Wouldn't have made the album, but the bass is so heavy, it forced its way onto the final cut".

FALLING DOWN
Tumbling acid soaked drone-pop, akin to a less electronic take on Setting Sun, Noel's 1996 excursion with The Chemical Brothers.

Noel Gallagher: "Three chords, one note Krautpop! The kind of song I've wanted to write for years".

TO BE WHERE THERE'S LIFE
Hypnotic Gem Archer song with rubbery bassline and a promise to lead the listener out into the big wide world.

Gem Archer: "It was just a groove, a bassline and Noel was like 'that's the one, write some words for it'. It's a stream of consciousness . And there's no guitars on it which is another thing I like as well".

AIN'T GOT NOTHIN'
A trippy take on late 60's Who, written by Liam following Liam's infamous hotel bar brawl in Munich in 2002.

Noel Gallagher: "Heavy metal Motown. Bang"!
Gem Archer: "Liam wanted it to sound like The Who with Ginger Baker on drums, playing while a fight was happening".

THE NATURE OF REALITY
Lysergic Andy Bell rocker, featuring the lyric ''The nature of reality/ Is pure subjective fantasy''

Andy Bell: "It was written at an odd time in my life, when my marriage had run its course. I taught Noel the guitar parts and then let him roll with it. Gem played bass on it. I don't play on it at all. I wanted to make sure that it sounded right in the control room where it was being played.

SOLDIER ON
Herbal-scented, trancey closer, discovered by The Coral on a hard drive at Oasis's old studio, Wheeler's End. None of the band could remember it until Andy Bell found it on his iPod.

Gem Archer: "The Coral said to Noel 'that's a top tune' so Noel said 'What's this?' and I said I haven't got a clue. It was an old Liam song I demoed with him around 2004 or 2005 and couldn't remember".

Noel Gallagher: "A metaphot for ones-day-to-day existence, the legendary General Dred [Noel's reggae style alter ego]floats out some melodica in the outro".

Source: Q Magazine thanks to risingsign

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Liam Gallagher's Mouth Roars Once More















He's still crazy after all these years. Older, at 35, and perhaps a little wiser, Oasis' Liam Gallagher remains very much the uppity Manchester lad with a tree-sized chip on his shoulder.

It has been exactly 14 years since Oasis barged onto the charts with its smash debut, Definitely Maybe, on Aug. 30, 1994, leading the charge for the genre known as Britpop. Oasis returned in 1996 with (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Those first two albums took the top two spots in a recent poll by Q Magazine and HMV to determine the top 50 British albums of all time (with two other Oasis albums landing in the top 25). The band has sold more than 50 million albums over the course of its career.

On Oct. 6, Oasis will release its seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, leading one to wonder if the group has finally turned the page on the media-saturated roller-coaster ride of fights, expletives, drink and drug-fuelled tirades that have made it one of the most notorious British bands of the last two decades.

And after a recent conversation with singer Liam Gallagher, half of the band's battling brothers alongside songwriter Noel, it seems loudmouth Liam is still living up to his nickname. This should whet your appetite for tonight's Saddledome gig:

- On his ego: "People think we're loudmouths. We probably are loudmouths. A lot of Mancunians are very self-confident."

- On songwriting: "I don't know what any of my songs are about. I don't sit down to write about anything. They're about whatever you want. I don't pick subjects, I just start."

- On his relationship with brother Noel: "We do hang out, we're just not buddy-buddies. We're not little (naughty word removed) nerds. We're men. We don't go to the pictures. We'll have a beer, but we don't sit together eating popcorn.

"There are things I don't like about him, and things he doesn't like about me. He wants to be me. I don't want to be him."

- On his new (somewhat) clean living lifestyle: "I was just bored of drinking and going to pubs and clubs. I'd rather hang with the kids and the missus."

- On new bands: "No one's writing big songs, classics. It's fast-food music. I'm glad the Verve got back together. And Kasabian is all right. Otherwise I'm not interested."

- On Oasis' future: "I love being in this band. There are loads of people in bands, and loads who don't love it. I love it.

"If the Stones and Neil Young are still out doing it, I don't see why we shouldn't."

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Liam Gallagher Hates Wonderwall




















Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher confesses he feels sick every time he sings the band's smash hit Wonderwall.

The rocker is bored of the hit and believes the band's new album, Dig Out Your Soul, offers better tracks.

He says, "At least there's no Wonderwall on there.

"I can't f**king stand that f**king song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag. Problem is, it was a big, big tune for us."

The singer also dislikes being known as "Mr Wonderwall" in the U.S.
He adds, "You just want to chin (punch) someone."

Dig Out Your Soul is released next month (Sep08)

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Oasis On Top Form In Edmonton














For years, Edmontonians and other denizens of the various hinterlands have watched and listened to the exploits of a little band called Oasis, whose behaviour often got more attention than their overproduced recordings.

Oh, how we laughed at the hooliganism, the public drunkenness, the arrests, the fights, the endless bad-mouthing of fellow musicians (which continues to this day, while other antics have been toned down). And now, at least a decade after "Britpop" was officially declared dead, they finally deign to come to our little town? Guys, where were you when it mattered?

This is the uncharitable view of the "greatest band in the world" (declared by the enthusiastic and fickle British music press). But now that we've seen them live - in front of a sold-out crowd at Rexall Place last night - my new attitude is definitely "better late than never."

For their first Edmonton appearance, the lads delivered a fantastic rock 'n' roll show for 11,400 fans. I've always maintained that the vast majority of rock stars are not famous by accident, not because of some fluke of nature, not because they staged some corporate con game on a gullible public. No, they're famous because they're great - and in every respect, Oasis lived up to their reputation. The musical part, at least. By press time, there were no fights, cursing fits or storming off the stage. It was a businesslike concert from a band known for screwing up their business. Last night, Oasis was as tight as a rock band can get.

Just so we knew who we were dealing with, they opened with an old one, Rock 'n' Roll Star. The crowd rose to their feet as one and stayed there, a few fans near the front draped in the Union Jack. Evidently saving the big hits like Wonderwall for later, the bulk of the first part of the show was newer material, with a lot from the upcoming album, Dig Out Your Soul, songs few were familiar with. Did this matter? It did not. The stuff stands up just fine next to "classic" Oasis.

The band is a lot of fun to watch, too, never mind the expected battery of state-of-the-art video screens and special effects.

Singer Liam Gallagher was a mesmerizing presence, singing his parts with passion, then striking some cool pose and remaining there, looking stalwart, tamborine clutched in his hand, as the band rocked behind him.

He didn't say much, and when he did, it's anyone's guess what it was. No subtitles were available. Brother Noel - who wondered aloud if everyone in Edmonton was at this show (no, a few of us had to stay home and tend the elk) - also got his time in the spotlight, his higher voice perfect for The Masterplan, a wonderful power ballad if there ever was one.

The show proceeded more or less at full throttle, a little touch of the Beatles here, a bit of T-Rex there, a smattering of Rolling Stones almost everywhere, the Oasis sound a hodge-podge of every British rock band that mattered. It works a lot better live than it does on record.

Let's hope it doesn't take another 13 years for these guys to make it back here -- but at least by then we'll be ready for "Britpop nostalgia."

Now what better act to open for the bad boys of British rock than the bad boy of American alt-country - Ryan Adams?

It was a perfect fit. Adams and his Cardinals specialize in the same sort of jammy, jangly tunes where every available space is stuffed with riffs. Call it the "wonderwall" of sound, if you want. The only thing that identified the band as country - a genre Adams is on record for hating - was a pedal steel in the band, just another riffing source for a thick, three-guitar sound.

The singer - a polite and humble fellow not at all like he's depicted in interviews - led his guys through a succession of solid, satisfying grooves, fortified with plenty of sweet back-up vocals and generous helpings of noise. Subject matter tended to be introspective - with lines like "all my life I've longed for forgiveness" or "down in a hole feeling so small" or "trying to find a peaceful song to sing when everything goes wrong" in a song that ironically wasn't peaceful at all. Excellent stuff.

Well, it ain't country. I'm not even sure it was alt-country. At least Adams doesn't have to worry about hating himself.

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SOUNDCHECK

MAIN EVENT

Oasis

IN THE SEATS

11,400 in Rexall

NOTE PERFECT

A decade after Britpop is declared dead, it lives again in Edmonton

Sun Rating: 5 out of 5

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Oasis Gig Edmonton Setlist



01.- Rock & Roll Star
02.- Lyla
03.- The Shock Of The Lightning
04.- Cigarettes & Alcohol
05.- The Meaning Of Soul
06.- To Be Where Theres Life
07.- The Masterplan
08.- Songbird
09.- Slide Away
10.- Morning Glory
11.- Ain't Got Nothin
12.- The Importance Of Being Idle
13.- Wonderwall
14.- Supersonic
15.- Don't Look Back In Anger
16.- Falling Down
17.- Champagne Supernova
18.- I Am The Walrus

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On This Day In Oasis History...




















Definitely Maybe is the debut album by English band Oasis, released on August 30th 1994. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker" and particularly the popular "Live Forever".

Definitely Maybe went straight to number one and 7x platinum in the UK Album charts on initial release. It was the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK when released. Definitely Maybe marked the beginning of Oasis' success in America, selling over 1 million copies there, although only reaching #58 on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell over 7.5 million copies worldwide.

In 1997 Definitely Maybe was named the 14th greatest album of all time in a 'Music of the Millennium' poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2005 Channel 4's '100 Greatest Albums' countdown placed the album at number 6. In 2006 NME placed the album third in a list of the greatest British albums ever, behind The Stone Roses and The Queen Is Dead. In a recent British poll, run by NME and the book of British Hit Singles and Albums, Definitely Maybe was voted the best album of all time with The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band finishing second and Revolver third. Q magazine readers placed it at five on their greatest albums of all time list in 2006 and in that same year NME hailed it as the greatest album of all time. It is frequently referred to as the greatest debut album of all time.

Album History

In 1994, Oasis were seen as a distant echo of the moribund 'Madchester' scene which had exploded in the early 1990s. Unlike other Madchester bands who indulged in experiments with funk, dance or hip-hop, Oasis presented themselves as a relatively straightforward rock and roll band. Along with bands like Blur and The Verve they seemed to encapsulate a new wave, one which did not yet have a name. By the end of the year the media coined the term Britpop, of which Definitely Maybe retrospectively became one of the pivotal albums.

Many of the songs had originally appeared on Oasis' "Live Demonstration" demo recorded in Liverpool the year before with Chris and Tony Griffiths of The Real People. The main recording sessions took longer than expected, with the bulk of the album having to be recorded three different times with Mark Coyle producing, before Owen Morris came up with a mix that everyone was satisfied with. The album cost nearly £85,000 to produce, a huge amount of money for a debut album at the time.

The album title, according to Noel Gallagher, comes from a poster he saw in a pub, although he cannot remember what the poster was advertising.

Track Listing
All tracks written by Noel Gallagher.

01: "Rock 'n' Roll Star" – 5:22
02: "Shakermaker" – 5:08
03: "Live Forever" – 4:36
04: "Up in the Sky" – 4:28
05: "Columbia" – 6:17
06: "Sad Song" (extra track on the UK LP version, and the original Japanese version of the album) – 4:27
07: "Supersonic" – 4:43
08: "Bring It on Down" – 4:17
09: "Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 4:49
"Digsy's Dinner" – 2:32
This was misspelt as "Digsy's Diner" upon its North American release.
10: "Slide Away" – 6:32
11: "Married with Children" – 3:11

Singles



"Supersonic"
Released: 11 April 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis & Mark Coyle
Video Director: Mark Szaszy (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 31 (UK)



"Shakermaker"
Released: 13 June 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Nick Egan
Chart positions: # 11 (UK)



"Live Forever"
Released: 8 August 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Directors: Carlos Grasso (UK) / Nick Egan (US)
Chart positions: # 10 (UK) # 2 (US Modern Rock)



"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
Released: 10 October 1994
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producers: Oasis, Mark Coyle & Owen Morris
Video Director: Mark Szaszy
Chart positions: # 7 (UK)

Personnel

Liam Gallagher – vocals
Noel Gallagher – lead guitar, vocals
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs – rhythm guitar
Paul McGuigan – bass guitar
Tony McCarroll – drums

Additional Personnel

Anthony Griffiths – vocals
David Batchelor – producer
Mark Coyle – producer, engineer, mixing
Anjali Dutt – engineer
Owen Morris – producer, mastering, mixing, production concept
Roy Spong – engineer
Dave Scott – engineer
Brian Cannon – art direction, design, concept, cover design
Michael Spencer Jones – photography

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29 August 2008

Oasis Special In This Months Q Magazine














Q's October issue is a 50 page Oasis special, celebrating the boys' return after a long three years away. We have two spectacular covers to collect - one Noel, one Liam - plus a host of stars such as Lars Ulrich, John Simms and Alex Turner among others to comment on their favourite ever Oasis tracks.

Meanwhile, in our online edition, you can vote for your own favourite ever Oasis song, view the best Oasis photographs in our gallery and test your knowledge in our Oasis - themed music quiz.

You'll also find the Gallagher's in fiesty mood in our classic interview with Michael Odellfrom 2005.

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Opentape: 17 Covers Of Oasis' 'Wonderwall'




















Remember when Jay-Z covered the Oasis song "Wonderwall" at Glastonbury as a means of retaliation/tribute after Noel Gallagher made statements in the press to the effect that a hip hop act should not headline the rock-oriented Glastonbury? The controversy resulted in an entire mash-up album combining Jay-Z's rapping with Oasis songs.

As it turns out, many others have chiseled their names onto Oasis's "Wonderwall." Roni Brunn from Brand Records assembled an Opentape mix consisting of 17 versions of the song including covers by Thom Yorke and The Posies, Cat Power, Metallica (comedic style), Pavement and a particularly rousing live rendition from The Beastie Boys. The mix also contains a few mash-ups of the song, with The Jackson Five LCD Soundsystem, Green Day and, of course, Jay-Z.

A karaoke version of the song caps off this Opentape compilation so you can easily record your own version. It's all very worthwhile, especially on a Friday.

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Support Bands Confirmed For Oasis' UK Tour




















Oasis have picked a cross section of bands to be their opening act on their upcoming UK Arena Tour in October/Nov.Depending on which City, there will be one of the following: 16 Tons, Alberta Cross, Twisted Wheel, The Hours and Sergeant.

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Register For Eden Project Gig














To register for the draw to purchase tickets for Oasis's exclusive gig at the Eden Project on Saturday 27th September, click here!

This will mark the band’s first ever gig in Cornwall and will be filmed for global broadcast by MTV.

Registration closes at midday on Friday 5th September.

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Mop Idol




















Liam Gallagher's weird obsession with cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants has reached worrying new, er, depths.

The Oasis frontman has commissioned an artist to paint him a massive portrait of the cartoon sponge — in the style of Andy Warhol.

It will take pride of place in the swaggering star’s living room alongside images of rock icons Elvis and Jimi Hendrix.

That’s what I call a rock ’n’ roll hall of fame.

Liam has never hidden his affection for the animated star, he even went to the 2005 premiere of the SpongeBob movie in London.

But worryingly Liam has become so enchanted by the world of the underwater character that it appears to be harming his grip on reality.

Liam thinks he is just like the “mad for it” cartoon chap and can relate his entire universe to his own.

Liam animatedly explained: “SpongeBob is a f****** mental, full-of-beans, enthusiastic sponge that lives at the bottom of the sea in Bikini Bottom. He’s mad for it.

“He’s got a mate called Squidward, who plays the clarinet and is grumpy like our kid Noel. I’m having a huge painting done at the minute, a proper Andy Warhol-style portrait of SpongeBob.

“He’ll be facing Elvis and Hendrix in the living room.”

Right. And I thought Liam was mellowing into his new family life.

But that sounds like a man who hasn’t slept for three weeks.

Along with his long-standing love of the kids’ cartoon, Liam has also developed a fascination with fish.

He has taken to introducing himself as The Salmon King to bemused regulars at a pub near his home in Henley, Oxon.

told Q magazine: “I f****** love Henley. I go into my local and say, ‘I am The Salmon King, stand back’.”

Earth to Liam. Earth to Liam. Is there anybody there?

At least his outbursts prove the rocker can still shock with the best of them, even if he now lives in a world of sponges and fish.

He proved he can still pull off the snarl, good clobber and a decent trim as the Oasis Dig Out Your Soul tour hit Vancouver on Wednesday.

Luckily Liam lost his fishbowl haircut before the Manchester legends hit the road.

And he hasn’t started dressing as SpongeBob or a salmon when he takes to the stage — yet.

ROEASIS TOP TEN:

01. You’ve Got To Rollmop Herring With It
02. Squidarettes And Alcohol
03. Morning Dory
04. Rock ’N’ Roll Starfish
05. Stop Fryin’ Your Heart Out
06. Sushi’s Electric (eel)
07. Go Let It Trout
08. Some Might Ray
09. Don’t Look Back In Angler
10. Wonderwhale
(All available on Dig Out Your Sole)

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Liam Gallagher Makes No Apologies



















He's still crazy after all these years. Older, at 35, and perhaps a little wiser, Oasis' Liam Gallagher remains very much the uppity Manchester lad with a tree-sized chip on his shoulder.

"People think we're loudmouths," he said, of himself and brother/bandmate Noel. "We probably are loudmouths. A lot of Mancunians are very self-confident."

It has been exactly 14 years since Oasis barged onto the charts with its smash debut, Definitely Maybe, on Aug. 30, 1994, leading the charge for the genre known as Britpop. Alongside bands such as The Verve, Pulp and long-standing rivals Blur, the group provided an alternative to the rise of grunge in North America, by drawing influences from British rock groups of the '60s and '70s.


Liam Gallagher of Oasis: "People think we're loudmouths. We probably are loudmouths. A lot of Mancunians are very self-confident."

Oasis returned in 1996 with (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Those first two albums took the top two spots in a recent poll by Q Magazine and HMV to determine the top 50 British albums of all time (with two other Oasis albums landing in the top 25). The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide over the course of its career.

On Oct. 6, Oasis will release its seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul, leading one to wonder if the group has finally turned the page on the media-saturated roller-coaster ride of fights, expletives, drink- and drug-fuelled tirades, breakups and makeups that have made it one of the most notorious British bands of the last two decades.

At the centre of the controversy are the Gallaghers' much-ballyhooed ego battles, particularly Liam's loose-cannon persona, which spares no one, not even - especially not - his older brother.

Reached by phone last week at his England home, the singer was as candid and off-the-cuff as might be expected.

"It's f---in' heavy, man," he said, describing the new album. "It's very good. There are beautiful songs. Noel wanted to write songs that are a bit more groovy. I don't know - it sounds like Oasis. I don't care, as long as the songs are good."

Noel pens six of the album's 11 tracks, with Liam providing three and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell each writing one. While he has been getting more confident in his songwriting, Liam is not one to analyse his own creative process:

"I don't know what any of my songs are about," he said. "I don't sit down to write about anything. They're about whatever you want. I don't pick subjects, I just start."

That attitude sums up Gallagher's reactionary approach to life. He doesn't think, he just does, letting the pieces fall where they may. While he has been writing more songs of late, he has no delusions, leaving the bulk of Oasis's musical direction to his brother.

His relationship with Noel is a twisted yin-yang to which, despite their protests, both are inextricably bound. Noel the songwriter needs Liam the singer and vice versa, the former's emotive anthems require the latter's inimitable mix of vulnerability, defiance and whining conviction. As much and as often as the two siblings have shoved away from each other, something always pulls them back together.

Oasis continues to this day because, though the Gallaghers have not quite patched up their differences, they have learned to function despite them.

They have agreed to disagree, often vehemently.

"We don't speak that much," he said. "We don't need to. We only speak about music. It's cool. It's professional. What's the point of speaking? We don't have much to say to each other. We don't shoot the breeze. We never did that much talking. We're not lovers anyway.

"We do hang out, we're just not buddy-buddies. We're not little f---ing nerds. We're men. We don't go to the pictures. We'll have a beer, but we don't sit together eating popcorn."

Gallagher denies there is any lingering animosity between the two: "There's no tension. It's all cool. We just don't speak to each other. It's a lot easier."

As to defining what has been at the root of their many misunderstandings over the years, he was surprisingly forthright. "It's just me being a little mad bastard," he confessed, "and him not being mad. There are things I don't like about him, and things he doesn't like about me. He wants to be me. I don't want to be him."

Old rivalries die hard, and a little brother's button-pushing provocations may never die. Liam has driven Noel over the edge many a time, leaving their musical partnership in near-shambles at times. But they have always found the will and the way to pick up the pieces.

"I didn't join this band to split up," Gallagher said. "We're not splitting up. We have lots of fun. We wouldn't be doing it otherwise. . . . I want to be doing this in 20, 30, 40 years. I love being in this band. There are loads of people in bands, and loads who don't love it. I love it. It's cool as f--k. If the Stones and Neil Young are still out doing it, I don't see why we shouldn't."

Like the Rolling Stones, the Gallaghers may well find a way to move beyond the wild days of their youth and become an enduring act.

The band seems to have emerged from a mid-career funk that saw its 2000 album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants receive mixed reviews. Its 2002 effort, Heathen Chemistry, and 2005's Don't Believe the Truth inspired more positive reactions - if not the frenzy of the band's heyday - and Gallagher is optimistic about Dig Out Your Soul.

"It's a great album," he said. "It's a proper album. It's where we should be. We couldn't have done better. They're great songs, with great players and singers."

One of those singers is Noel, who lends his soft croon to the dreamy Falling Down (available now via iTunes). Liam's voice can be heard on the psychedelic, anthemic first single The Shock of the Lightning (which has leaked online but will be officially released Sept. 29).

"It sounds exactly like Oasis, with more keys and strings," Gallagher said of the album. "The sound is massive. It's really big."

He contrasts that with the output of the current crop of young rock bands:

"I don't think it's gotten better. No one's writing big songs, classics. It's fast-food music. I'm glad the Verve got back together. And Kasabian is all right. Otherwise I'm not interested."

On his path from feisty young man to grumpy not-so-young man, Gallagher has mellowed somewhat. But as evidenced by this interview, he's still got some spark left. And he plans to use it.

"I'd like this to carry on the way it is," he said of the band, "to make more music, and get bigger. I don't think we're big enough yet. The hunger's still there. We're big, but we want to be big everywhere. We want everyone to hear us."

But though he is keen to keep on rockin', he is no longer such an enthusiastic proponent of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. He is off the drugs and booze - for the most part. "Absolutely," he said, with a chirp that blurred the line between enthusiasm and sarcasm. "Nice, clean, healthy living.

"(I don't do it) as much as I used to," he continued. "I was just bored s---less of drinking and going to pubs and clubs. I'd rather hang with the kids and the missus."

Gallagher is the father of two sons, aged seven and nine, and a 10-year-old daughter, (allegedly conceived during an affair in L.A. shortly after he married first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997) all from different mothers. In February, he married Nicole Appleton, his girlfriend of several years (and mother to his second son, Gene), in a small ceremony at Westminster Register Office. Noel was not invited.

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28 August 2008

Oasis Exclusive New York Club Show















Oasis is pleased to announce a rare club show in New York prior to the release of their upcoming album. This intimate show will take place at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Friday September 12th.

The appearance at NY’s Terminal 5, which will be re-configured for the show, provides an extraordinary opportunity to see Oasis perform new material from their forthcoming studio album “Dig Out Your Soul” to be released Oct 7. on Big Brother Recordings/Reprise.

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Registration will close at midday on Wednesday the 3rd September. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

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Toronto V Festival Set Times


































For all you people going to the V Festival in Toronto this weekend.

Oasis will take to the stage at 9:10PM until 11:00 PM after sets earlier in the day by Paul Weller, Stereophonics and more.

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Oasis The Best Act Ever? Vote For Them At The Europe Music Awards




















Let your voice be heard and vote now for your 2008 Europe Music Award nominees.

The band are in the shortlist for Best Act Ever, Rock Out and Best Album categories at this years awards to be held in Liverpool.

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Pictures Of Oasis In Vancouver





























The first pictures from the Oasis show in Vancouver have started arriving in my inbox.

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Oasis Actually Enjoying Itself




















Beatles influence still present but band re-energized

Each in their own way, the three acts were psychedelic Wednesday night at GM Place. They wore Technicolor coats that might not have been obvious but were there to be seen just the same.

First came Matt Costa playing in front of few people and with only his guitarist accompanying him. Costa's folky side came to the fore but there was also a fragility that hinted at a Syd Barrett eccentricity.

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals were next. The quintet arrived on stage unannounced but from its first doomy chords made an impression. If Adams is the titular head of the band on the marquee, he is more one part of the Cardinals on stage.

The first song had the first hint of the gospel harmony the Cardinals would come back to a few times. Guitars coil and strike, the pedal steel screams, the drums insinuate seduction.

The band went from a funereal dirge to Bo Diddley frenzy. Along the way they created drama and a mystique. It echoed the past and created its own atmosphere. The last song was reminiscent of '60s West Coast acid rock that ended in a psychedelic strobe-like confusion.

In the past, an Oasis concert has been anticlimactic at best, just plain dull at worst. But the new Dig Out Your Soul album, which will be released in October, indicates the band is trying hard to reclaim lost ground. The Manchester band previewed a little of it last night. It isn't overly psychedelic but does invoke a bygone era at times that could be termed psychedelic. The Beatles influence is apparent anyway and tomorrow never knows.

The band started with "Rock 'N' Roll Star," which was probably the first song most people heard by Oasis, which was fitting. But over the years the track has acquired extra dynamism while the band of Liam and Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, Jem Archer and Chris Sharrock now punches out the song like a rude boxer.

There's a little of Keith Moon in Sharrock that adds to the band's attack and makes Oasis more exciting for it.

Noel Gallagher's riffs seem to bite down harder and Liam's singing seems more energized. It was definitely the best show by Oasis I've seen.

A new song such as "Bag It Up" displays a more integrated sound rather than a riff with Liam singing over top. There's more substance now. It speaks of a band that has rediscovered itself and is revelling in sharing what it has found.

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Metallica Inspired To Give Up Cocaine By Oasis




















Lars Ulrich quits drug with Noel Gallagher's help

Metallica's Lars Ulrich used Noel Gallagher as an inspiration to give up cocaine.

The drummer set he decided to quit the drug a few years ago, and took the Oasis guitarist as an inspiration.

"A couple of years ago I was like, 'You know? Enough of this. I don't need it'. It was literally something that happened one morning, like 'Y'know? Fuck that'," he told The Quietus.com.

He added: "I was very impressed with Noel Gallagher. As you know, I'm an Oasis fanatic, and Noel was like [adopts Mancunian accent] 'You know what? No more cocaine!' (Gallagher quit in 1998) and I thought, 'If he can do it, everybody else can do it'.

"I had my fun with it, it was always more of a social thing. We were never like rolling around and spending days in bathroom stalls, and peeking out the keyholes of doors for days."

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Oasis Vancouver Gig Setlist



01.- Rock & Roll Star
02.- Lyla
03.- The Shock Of The Lightning
04.- Cigarettes & Alcohol
05.- The Meaning Of Soul
06.- To Be Where Theres Life
07.- The Masterplan
08.- Songbird
09.- Slide Away
10.- Morning Glory
11.- Ain't Got Nothin
12.- The Importance Of Being Idle
13.- Wonderwall
14.- Supersonic
15.- Don't Look Back In Anger
16.- Falling Down
17.- Champagne Supernova
18.- I Am The Walrus

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Tickets Still On Sale For Some Oasis UK Tour Dates




















Tickets for some of the Oasis shows in Liverpool, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow are still on sale at seetickets.

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Oasis Opens A '90s Rock 'N' Roll Time Capsule











"It is so cool," North Carolina singer-songwriter Ryan Adams said as he took the stage Tuesday night, "to be here with one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time."

Such a bold claim (Oasis? One of the greatest of all time? Really?) might have caused some head-scratching outside WaMu Theater, but inside nothing could have been more obvious to the sold-out crowd.

Concertgoers stomped and whistled their approval as Adams and his band referenced a host of bands that could give Oasis a run for their GOAT-money -- Television, The Replacements, the Stones, the Grateful Dead. There are countless bands arguably better than Oasis, but like many songwriters (Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, to name two), Adams is mesmerized by the effortlessness of the Brits' driving songcraft. Famously, Cuomo has scholarly binders dedicated to unlocking the mystery of Oasis' hits, something Adams probably would do if he had anything of the scholar in him.

Adams' songs, such as "Cold Roses" and "Rescue Blues," will never achieve "Champagne Supernova"-level radio play, but they are fine pop specimens nonetheless. The Cardinals' melodies and amphitheater rock tunes furthered the work of warm-up act Matt Costa, a honey-voiced Californian whose affable set echoed Jack Johnson as much as the Fleet Foxes.

After a short intermission, a backlit Liam Gallagher strutted on stage in an ascot and leather jacket, still very much the rock star given to preening and posing. As a group of bewhiskered blokes in the crowd began chanting "O-a-sis, O-a-sis," running back and forth trying to start a wave, the band launched into "Rock 'n' Roll Star" from the 1994 album "Definitely Maybe."

Hearing such a throwback felt like being at a strange historical re-enactment, an exhibit called "When Oasis Roamed the Earth." Even though Gallagher's countrymen Coldplay are the current saviors of the record industry, they'll never approach the level of fame Oasis had in the mid-'90s. Oasis' monolithic anthems were inescapable then, causing much of the overheated British press to believe the band was bigger than The Beatles. That seems so strange 15 years on, but the band has a certain power.

Now, Oasis' music can sound as much like Motley Crue as the Fab Four, especially when it's unmoored from '90s nostalgia. On Tuesday, the band churned through 10 songs ("How many albums do they have?" an incredulous fan behind me asked) before launching into a few songs from "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"

That album has to make the band a little bit bonkers, since it's not all that different from the subsequent albums -- singalong choruses and major-scale melodies abound -- but no band could ever hope to achieve the success of "Wonderwall" once, let along again. That pop masterpiece is Liam and Noel Gallagher's "Freebird," and they dutifully played it near the end of the set, sending lighters up throughout the crowd as Liam's nasally voice rang out, "I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now."

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27 August 2008

Kaiser Chiefs On Oasis












Ricky Wilson and Nick Hodgson from the Kaiser Chiefs played down recent comments made by Noel Gallagher on the Chris Moyles breakfast show describing them as "The Monkees going under a different name".

Speaking on the Chris Moyles show this morning "I think he's really clever because every interview I've done in the last week has mentioned Oasis," Ricky said.

"So I'm answering questions about their new record and he ends up in everybody's interviews. He is a publicity machine."

Nick added: "When I've seen him we've always had a good time. We saw him one time in Australia and had a good time. What a lovely man."

The Kaiser Chiefs drummer also said he once dressed up as Liam Gallagher when he was presenting the now defunct Channel 4 music progamme Popworld.

"I once remember Liam Gallagher apologising to us when we played on Top Of The Pops," Nick explained.

"It was the first time we ever did it and we were a bit nervous of Liam because he'd been slagging us off. But then we'd been presenting Popworld and I dressed up as Liam Gallagher and did an impression of him.

"He comes up to me and goes; 'So yeah right the reason I said stuff about you was because I saw you on that programme doing me and I was just about to put my biscuit in my tea and I left it in for too long and it ruined my biscuit'.

"I ruined his biscuit so he started slagging us off. That's alright isn't it?"

The pair also said they refuse to slate other bands because they always end up meeting them at some point.

Nick added: "The big problem is when you slag people off, which we used to do a lot in the old days, you always end up meeting them and it's always embarrassing."

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Oasis Digs Down To Basics On New Album




















British rockers Oasis will make eight stops across Canada this summer including Vancouver, Aug 27; Edmonton, Aug. 29; Calgary, Aug. 30; Winnipeg, Sept. 1; Ottawa, Sept. 4; Montreal, Sept. 5; Toronto, Sept. 7; and London, Sept. 9. This is the first Canadian tour for the Manchester band formed by brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher.

British band Oasis gets back to its stripped-down rock roots on its upcoming album, "Dig Out Your Soul."

Due October 7 via Big Brother/Warner Bros., the 11-track set from the famously sparring Gallagher brothers is led by the strident rocker "The Shock of the Lightning," which is already racking up airplay well ahead of its late September release date.

The album begins with the two-chord dirge "Bag It Up," harking back to "Columbia," from the band's 1994 debut, "Definitely Maybe." It's followed by the insistent "The Turning," which winds its way down to "Blackbird"-style finger-picking and the sounds of passing traffic and car alarms.

The sludgy, Noel Gallagher sung-"Waiting for the Rapture" nods to the Beatles' "Come Together," while the clap-and-stomp blues rock of "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" and the boogie vibe of "The Nature of Reality" extend the back-to-basics feel of the album.

Elsewhere, the Liam Gallagher-penned "I'm Outta Time" incorporates an audio excerpt of a John Lennon BBC Radio interview just days before his 1980 death, and the Noel-sung "Falling Down" nods to the beats from his collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, "Setting Sun." Fans who pre-order the new album on iTunes will receive this track as an immediate download.

Noel penned six of the first seven songs on "Dig Out Your Soul," with Liam responsible for three others and bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer handling one each.

Oasis began there short North American tour with Ryan Adams last night (Aug 26) in Seattle.

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Oasis' World Tour Opens With A Bang In Seattle












Bathed in violet light, the stage of Seattle's WAMU Theater was set last night for an evening of prodigious musicianship from fabled Britpop stalwarts Oasis, who began the North American leg of their world tour to a sold-out audience.

Solo artist Matt Costa, with his raspy yet beautifully crisp vocals and understated acoustics, opened the show, followed by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, who took the stage for an all-out detour from Adams' alt-country style into fully-fledged rock territory, replete with drilling drums, dueling guitars, and tremendous, gospel-eque harmonies. Adams' wistful vocals and melodic guitar playing threatened to steal the entire night's show -- but as proved later, no one can take the limelight from the Gallagher brothers.

With a frenetic blast of beautiful noise, Oasis began their lightshow-infused set with "Rock'n'Roll Star," reminding the audience just who the night's headliners were and why. Though known for being aloof, Liam Gallagher belted out his vocals with gusto, providing energetic counterpoint to brother Noel's lilting melodies. Liam fronted favorites like "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Slide Away," and "The Meaning of Soul," while Noel took center stage and offered gorgeously lush vocal and acoustic guitar arrangements on "The Masterplan" and "Wonderwall."

New material, including "The Shock of the Lightning" off the forthcoming album Dig Out Your Soul, was interspersed throughout the set, showcasing the band's masterful subtlety and restraint coupled with their unparalleled exuberance for loud, feedback-laden rock.

The show concluded with a cover of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus," bringing a fitting end to a show that sparkled from start to finish. On opening night, Oasis' proved themselves to be an ever-evolving band whose talent and skill never fails to awe and amaze..

pictures from the gig by Jamee R. Smith can be found here

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Oasis Warn Drummer Not To Get Comfortable As Tour Begins In Seattle















Oasis' Noel Gallagher jokingly warned the bands new drummer not to get too comfortable as they kicked off their world tour in Seattle last night (August 26th).

Chris Sharrock, who took over from Zak Starkey earlier his year, was playing his first live show with the band at the Wamu Theatre.

After introducing Sharrock at the end of last night's set, Gallagher told the crowd that the band were “trying to break Spinal Tap's” record for drummers.

Oasis previewed a host of songs from their new album, 'Dig Out Your Soul', during the show, including 'Falling Down' and the LP's lead single 'The Shock Of Lightning'.

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First Visitors To The Sites Pictures From Last Nights Gig

























































The first pictures from visitors to the site have started arriving in my inbox, including the pre gig setlist.

Thanks to the people who have sent in pictures so far, and I hope it continues for the full tour.

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New Oasis Tour Memorabilia



























































































Pictures of the new Oasis Tour Memorabilia: A new Jacket (front and back shown), red t-shirt, tour book and poster.

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