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Oasis with Jet

June 24, 2005 @ The Tweeter Center

The crowd filtered into the Tweeter Center, woken up immediately by opening act Jet. Every female in the room danced like they were single, shaking everything they had during “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” The band played “Cold Hard Bitch” fast and furious, forcing the audience to repeat the words back. Finally, friends and lovers embraced during “Look What You've Done,” merrily singing the refrain. As the Australian group swaggered off the stage, fans erupted as if they were the main act.

As the beautiful Friday night continued, Oasis played in front of a packed house, exploiting their past success. The original group of schoolmates has evolved over the years but continues to fill up the seats of large venues, keeping fans coming back with their impressive stage presence, despite producing much less impressive albums. Lead singer Liam Gallagher may have a tender Lennon-esque voice, but he carries himself on stage like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. His attitude gives the band a gritty character, a throwback to the grunge age.

As Liam and guitarist Noel Gallagher feuded on and off stage, the band pretended to ignore the drama. Although recent reports conclude that the brothers’ relationship has improved, the concert proved that actions speak louder than words. Liam would walk off stage while his brother would sing, leaving one lonely microphone in the middle of the stage. The front man would come back out only when it was his time to sing. This continued the entire night and seemed to distract from the show. The choreographed and bright LED lights gave the show a corporate rock star face.

They played most of their classic hits like “Champagne Supernova,” “Don’t look back in Anger,” and “Morning Glory,” but die hard fans left ambivalent. Couples sang along to “Wonderwall” in key, showing that Liam is still the leader of the band. Noel may think he has creative control but most fans prefer him to stick to guitar. In fact, Noel sings most of the songs off the new album ''Don't Believe the Truth," and as he performed them the crowd grew impatient. His voice seemed whiney, making the Brit Pop band sound a little wimpy. Gem Archer sounded great on rhythm guitar, Andy Bell kept the banded grounded on bass, and Ringo Starr’s son Zak played well, considering he only joined the band a year ago. Oasis ended the show with a cover of The Who’s “My Generation,” paying tribute to a band they will never trump.

The show was fun to see and reflect on, but who knows how long the band members can keep going with this family feud. It seems only natural that the group will fracture, and then we will see how the brothers survive separately.

-Pratik R. Patel
© 2005 P. R. Patel


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