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Boston, Tweeter Center, 24.06.2005 (Quelle: boston.com)

Tweeter crowd enjoys Oasis of harmony

By Steve Morse, Globe Staff | June 25, 2005

MANSFIELD -- Oasis was the vital link in keeping British rock alive in the '90s. Leaders Noel and Liam Gallagher may not be the friendliest brother combination in rock 'n' roll, but their offbeat charisma is matched by vocal harmonies that can stand with any harmonizing team dating back to the days of the Beatles and the Hollies.

British rock has a whole new sea of faces lately -- especially the amazing Kaiser Chiefs, who are an excellent live act -- but it was rewarding to see Oasis reclaim its part of the English torch. The band delivered a sensationally pleasing set before a sold-out crowd of 19,900 fans at the Tweeter Center. The weather was perfect -- and Oasis was close to perfect with a simply designed set (no video screens onstage) that put the emphasis squarely on the music, which is where it rarely is in these days of overblown rock shows. This felt more like a pub-rock concert come to life.

The group's new CD, ''Don't Believe the Truth," represents a strong comeback for Oasis -- and that momentum continued last evening. The band's first three songs were drawn from it and set the love theme of the night, starting with ''Turn Up the Sun" (with the hypnotic line ''Love one another"), ''Lyla" (a tune about a woman who ''believes in everything and everyone"), and ''Love Like a Bomb," with a reverbed chorus and a John Lennon-like pinched vocal that spanned the generations.

The brothers Gallagher made no eye contact, but they connected transcendently and lifted the crowd with them. And while the show started with some of the likeably sugar-candied, psychedelic pop of the new album, it acquired more muscle with such past hits as ''Champagne Supernova" and the urgent ''Rock 'n' Roll Star." Oasis, indeed, was back.

The opening Jet did its Australian roots proud with AC/DC-inspired tunes that rippled gloriously through the Tweeter shed. The band is still hugely derivative -- they even integrated snatches of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's ''Takin' Care of Business" in one song -- but its command and confidence has grown impressively. And the other opener, Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, unveiled multiple lead singers and a devil-may-care bravado that also won the crowd.

Boston, Tweeter Center, 24.06.2005 (Quelle: boston.com)


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