Monday, April 06, 2009

Oasis - Live In Singapore Concert Review

Who: Oasis
What: Dig Out Your Soul Tour
When: 5 April 2009, 8pm
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

1. Rock 'N' Roll Star
2. Lyla
3. The Shock Of The Lightning
4. Cigarettes & Alcohol
5. The Meaning Of Soul
6. To Be Where There's Life
7. Waiting For The Rapture
8. The Masterplan
9. Songbird
10. Slide Away
11. Morning Glory
12. Ain't Got Nothin'
13. The Importance Of Being Idle
14. I'm Outta Time
15. Wonderwall
16. Supersonic

17. Don't Look Back In Anger (acoustic)
18. Falling Down
19. Champagne Supernova
20. I Am The Walrus (The Beatles cover)

Oasis returned to Singapore once again, performing in front of a 9,000 capacity audience at the Indoor Stadium. The last time they were here was slightly more than 3 years ago (23 Feb 2006). In fact, the gap between visits for Coldplay is shorter than that for Oasis (Coldplay's last concert was on 10 July 2006). 

Nevertheless, despite the considerably short time gap, both bands still sold well - for Coldplay, about 11,000 tickets were sold out after only 5 days. While Oasis didn't sell out, they still managed to fill up the floor, with about 15% of the seats on the stands empty.

Having both concerts take place within 2 weeks of each other, it is tempting to compare them. After all, both bands hail from the UK, ALL their studio albums have hit #1, they have at various times been called "the biggest band in the world", and they can still command large audiences during economic downturns. And I have also watched both bands previously, 3 years ago. 

However, the Coldplay and Oasis concerts couldn't be more different. For Coldplay, the 2nd show was way better than the first (even though I remember the 2006 concert being solid as well, so that's saying something), whereas I felt that Oasis didn't bring anything new for their second time coming.

Not in the literal sense, as Oasis performed 6 songs from their latest album, Dig Out Your Soul, which is a fair proportion of the setlist. But more of the fact that it was Oasis as we have seen before - the same nonchalant stage presence, the same basic stage setup and lights, the same song arrangements - basically it felt like the same show, albeit with a slightly different setlist.

I was reading through my 2006 review and I realised that my comments for this concert is exactly the same as for that one. The highlight of the concert is still Noel singing The Importance Of Being Idle and Don't Look Back In Anger. Liam was still clapping at the end of songs. The only difference is that he looked much older and uglier this time, with a horrible buzz cut and sideburns, not to mention the trench coat.

Perhaps it was due to where I was seated (right upstairs because mine was the cheapest ticket)that the sound wasn't that great. It was quite muddy and definitely wasn't as good as Coldplay.

The Gallagher brothers have already said that they don't rely on gimmicks like sprinting up and down, doing big stage actions or thrashing guitars to spice up the show, but a little bit more interaction and swagger would be good. 

I think we've all been spoilt by Coldplay, who did 2 sets away from the main stage, among the audience. I know Oasis are Oasis, this is how they are and they don't give a damn about giving in to what people want. But people pay good money to be entertained, and I think they should put in a tad more effort to satisfy the audience just a little bit more.

Musically wise, the songs sound pretty much the same as the album versions. The best improvement was of course the acoustic version of Don't Look Back In Anger, which allowed Noel's voice to shine through, and for the whole stadium to sing along together while Noel took a break. It was damn cool to sing along with 9,000 other people. It's an anthem.

The new songs didn't really do it for me. I mean some of them were nice but they didn't make me appreciate them even more and make me want to revisit them. So it was down to the oldies to save the day.

As usual, they didn't do anything from the Be Here Now album, and only one track from Heathen Chemistry made it (Songbird). And they did without Some Might Say and Roll With It once more, but the biggest travesty has to be the omission of Live Forever. I thought they would close with that song.

Closing thoughts, I think I would have enjoyed the concert more if it was my first time watching them. They put on a decent show, nothing more. They went through the motions and did their thing the way they always did. 15 years since the release of their debut album, they have become veterans at the game, but sometimes a little reinvention is good - to win over new fans and retain old fans.

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At 11:19 am, Blogger adin.x said...

I am an Indonesian who lives in Qatar. I'm currently studying in Malaysia, and I came all the way from there just to watch Oasis. I was there on the floor watching them.

It was fucking euphoric to see your favourite band, and the legends of rock and roll, performing right in front of you.

Maybe their performance didn't satisfy you after seeing them before because you may have had higher expectations from them.

But let me tell you, if they were to perform again tonight, or right now, with the same "boring" performance, I would be one of the firsts in line to buy the tickets. They're Oasis - fucking legends. They don't need those "new" fans because there are those that are loyal to them and they themselves know that their names are already written in stones as one of the greatest bands in the world. Coldplay, however big they are, are still not on the same level as Oasis.

Sorry for the foul language, it's just how I speak. And I didn't know about your blog until today when I was just surfing the net looking for the next Oasis gig in Singapore - and I just felt the urge to reply to your post. Have a good day :D

At 12:45 am, Blogger Son of a Gan said...

Hey adin.x, thanks for visiting my blog and for taking time to leave a comment.

No worries at all, everyone is entitled to their opinion and to express themselves (a little vulgarity is fine with me haha). And I respect that.

And kudos to you for travelling all the way here to catch the gig! Hope you had a good stay in Singapore.

I think the atmosphere on the floor would have been much better because I just heard from another friend who was on the floor too, and she thought it was f-king fantastic as well. So I believe that played a part. So I guess I only have myself to blame, for buying the cheapest ticket!

The thing that people love about Oasis is, like you said, their loyalty to themselves and to their fans. They don't give a heck what critics say or what other bands do. That's what sets them apart from most other bands.

I guess what I felt was lacking was that "attitude" from the brothers. I would have loved them to swear onstage a little, like they always do (elsewhere). Display more of the swagger that we've come to expect from them.

I think it's also because I've "been there, done that", so for the second time I expected much more, something a little different.

That said, I'm still a fan. I bought my tickets the first day they were released. I've got almost all their albums and a few collector's editions as well (see my older posts under "Rarities").

As for whether Coldplay or Oasis are bigger, it's not fair to judge now cos Oasis have obviously been around longer. And like I mentioned, both bands have been slapped with the "Biggest band in the world" tag at different times (for Oasis, that would have been 1996; Coldplay, perhaps now).

So let's pass judgment maybe 20 years down the road and see where they stand. But I'm sure both will go into record books as legends.

You have a good day too! Cheers...

At 10:37 am, Anonymous stella said...


great review, i enjoyed the concert at the freestanding area even though i was standing behind.

anything that has to do with rock, i reckon a freestanding tix is the safest bet! haha

personal highlight for me -- songbird. i dunno why man. this song just perks me up.

continue supporting oasis cos they are definitely one of a kind.

At 4:44 pm, Blogger Jay said...

Good Post mate. The last time I watched Oasis was back in 05 at the City of Manchester Stadium, that was out of this world, one of the best moments in my life.

This gig was great as well, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, shouted along every song from start to finish, lost my voice in the process. Oasis are on brilliant form just now.

I disagree with the fact that they haven't reinvented, I believe the have. The new record is very different. All of the songs have a different feel to it and Noel has most definitely hit the money with Fallin Down. Apart from that, the band has matured as a unit and they're songs are relect this. This record is as accomplished as the last one, just thats it from a different perpective, and I think its brilliant.

Coldplay v Oasis? We know who won when Blur went up against them right? Oasis are a unique entity, they dont care what people say about them, neither do the fans. People say they're ripping off the Beatles and The Stones or what have you, for me they'll always be the best band in the world! Coldplay are just ripping off U2 and The Verve mate, I can't stand Chris Martin.

At 12:47 am, Blogger Son of a Gan said...

Hey Stella and Jay, thanks for your comments!

Just wanted to say hi and thanks for visiting and leaving a note.

Been a long day and heading to bed soon. Just came back from Craig David's show at ZIRCA, which I really enjoyed.

Caught the Kaiser Chiefs last night as well. Hope to post something up over the weekend.



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