Concerts

So, on Tuesday night I went to see Oasis play live. This was the first time I’d seen them play live, as I’d always seemed to miss the opportunity for about the past 13 years. A good example of this was when I took a holiday to New York, I found out they were playing, and could not find a ticket anywhere (even the touts were just asking for tickets rather than selling).

The venue was the AsiaWorld Expo which is out towards the airport, and definitely wouldn’t be classed as a big arena. Despite this, there was still a lot of standing room available. The actual set played wasn’t all that long. Maybe abouut 1 hour and 45 minutes, which considering the price of the ticket (HK$780) was quite short. Oasis are also known for their lack of interaction with the crowd, and this did seem to be the case here. Aside from Liam throwing the odd tambourine into the crowd there wasn’t much coming from the band except for the music, of course.

So that’s the negative. It was, after all, Oasis, and they do have some cracking songs in their catalogue with which to entertain. The tour is to promote their current ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ album, and they played most of the album – opening the concert with ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ which met with a lot of crowd approval. Particular highlights for me were ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ and ‘Slide Away’ from Definitely Maybe, and ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, ‘What’s the Story (Morning Glory)’, and ‘Champagne Supernova’ from What’s the Story? (Morning Glory). These two albums seemed to form a major part of the soundtrack to my time at university, so it was very cool to see and hear them performed live (albeit some 13 years after leaving university). I can still vaguely remember playing pool late at night/early in the morning at Rileys in Nottingham with the whole of the Morning Glory album playing through. No support act though, which I thought was unusual.

Hong Kong also hosted Coldplay a couple of weeks ago at the same venue, however I didn’t go to that concert. Reviews from friends suggest that it was an excellent gig. Although I quite like Coldplay, I can’t see them being a great live experience somehow.

Having seen the Manic Street Preachers last year, there’s no more big gigs lined up as far as I’m aware. A lot of the bands will be doing summer festivals. In this part of the world, there are two festivals hosted in Japan – Fujirock and Summer Sonic. Depending on line-ups, I might consider going to one of those. I believe Oasis might be headlining at Fujirock – so it could be a case of missing them for 13 years, and then seeing them twice in quick succession.

Thankfully it’s Easter, and it’s a four day weekend. A chance to recuperate … sort of. We have a mixed hockey tournament on Friday and Saturday, so it’s more likely to be recuperation on Sunday and Monday.

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