Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where were you while we were getting high?

I'm trying to get Crustodio to go see Oasis with me in Seattle later this summer. The Manchester lads are doing a Canadian tour with one stop in the USA. Not sure what's up with that, but it seems like a good opportunity to catch a band that doesn't tour over here that often. As an added bonus, Ryan Adams is opening the show. I'm a fan of his stuff, too - though the quality of his music is wildly uneven. And of course, you have to take Oasis with a grain of salt. They have a brilliant pop wall of sound and Liam is a great vocalist - I love his Lennon meets Lydon delivery. On the other hand, they're a bunch of arrogant cocksuckers. Their "we're better than the Beatles" schtick got old real fast. And Noel is quite possibly the worst lyricist of the rock era (or the 4th, according to these guys). But, when they rev up that wall of sound and Liam leans into the mic, slurring and straining through a beautiful pop melody they have me hooked. Though no longer that big over here, Oasis have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and have had eight UK number one singles.

It's on a Tuesday night, but Marty and I are going to make a kamikaze run up I-5, spend the night and try to make it back to work by lunch. Crustodio - are you in?

1 comment:

The Sizzler said...

The Manchester lads are doing a Canadian tour with one stop in the USA. Not sure what's up with that....

I can tell you what's up - they're just not that big of a band in the States. According to the official Oasis website, for example, they've played Portland a total of three times: Satyricon in September of '94, The Roseland in January of '95, and the Schnitzer in April of '00. The largest of these venues holds less than 3,000 people - not quite Earl's Court or Wembley Arena (venues they played in the same time period which hold between 12,000 and 19,000, respectively). Canada is still a part of the Commonwealth, remember, and probably sees successful tours by the likes of the Beautiful South and Shed Seven, neither of whom could get arrested outside of LA and NYC.

Anyway, have fun in Seattle. I hope they play their "I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke" song.