Live - Oasis At The Chicago Theater

If you haven't snatched up the new Heathen Chemistry album from Oasis, then you shouldn't even bother attending their sold out 2002 tour. The brothers Gallagher, who have a solidified set list for this U.S. tour, spent most of their allotted hour and a half kicking out the new jams, at the Chicago Theater Tuesday night in the heart of the Windy City. The boys looked fully recovered from their show-stopping collision with a taxi cab earlier this month, and after an hour of translating and guessing, I think I heard Liam say, "I really like Chicago, good to be here man."

With their faces shining above the stage on a giant screen, "Fucking In The Bushes" blasted across the sound system and got the crowd jumping. Let me tell you something about the crowd. I have never seen more fucking Brit rock wannabes, with their buttoned up denim jackets with pins of the UK flag on them, drinking champagne in the front row, wearing sunglasses in the dark, with long shaggy hair. Be yourselves, you stupid posers.

The blistering set, that was as tight as a midget baby's ass, ignited with "Hello," the first track from Oasis' sophomore album What's The Story Morning Glory. "Live Forever" and "Cigarettes & Alcohol" were plucked from the Definitely Maybe debut, while Story was further represented by "Some Might Say," "Don't Look Back In Anger," "Morning Glory," and a gorgeous acoustic version of "Wonderwall," courtesy of Noel.

Liam was bang-on last night, as his cockiness and rockstar attitude could have filled Lake Michigan. I played a little game inside my head, every time he backed away from the microphone to yell at either Noel or the sound guy, I pretended like he had ordered food. Whenever he said anything, it was like a complaint to the waiter or maitre d'. "It's too hot"..."now it's too cold, Noel." Some people after the show were complaining about Liam's trademark stance or ballsy demeanor, I say fuck that, that is 100% pure confidence. The band has set themselves up to make Liam the star and his performance shone brightly last night. When the gears shifted and Noel sang a tune, in no way did he share the same luster or swagger that Liam makes look so easy. Noel is always better at bringing out the emotion of the songs, since he wrote them, but Liam's statuesque stare into the crowd when it's not his time to sing is so much more of an engaging turn on.

The set felt like the boys brought a Heathen Chemistry jukebox over the pond, plugged it in, and let her rip. The "Hindu Times," "Stop Crying Your Heart Out," "Born On A Different Cloud," "She Is Love," "Better Man," "Little By Little," "Force Of Nature," and "Hung In A Bad Place" were all played to perfection. The band was much tighter than in 1998, when they were fighting and sounded sloppy and on the verge of disbanding.

The Oasis show closing cover, "My Generation," sounded a little fast and forced, but the fans seemed to enjoy it, and the nod to John Entwistle was acknowledged. A live version of the song will be featured on a double A-side with "She Is Love" that was recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. The new video for "Little By Little" will feature Robert Carlyle, best known as Begbie from Trainspotting.

Aside from the $600 T-shirts, and drunken Irish couple who waived a giant flag of Ireland the entire time (Oasis are from England) this show was definitely (maybe) one for the record books.

Source: Jason Anfinsen

Live - Oasis At The Chicago Theater