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Today In Oasis Nonsense

2014Oasis_Getty85216701130314Oasis is the gift that keeps on giving. Years after their final performance, the ’90s Britpop giants continue to entertain, mostly for the Gallagher brothers’ often hilarious continued offstage sniping. Really, CBS should have made one or both of them an offer to take over the Letterman show. We would tune in regularly. But singer Liam Gallagher threw fans into a frenzy last night when he tweeted “OASIS” one letter at a time (and then helpfully summarizing, in a single tweet, “OASIS LG” (yes, he signs his tweets “LG”)).

Does this mean a reunion is in the works, as many have speculated? No. It means Liam was either screwing with fans or drunk or both. Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, former guitarist of the band, told NME he thought maybe Liam was just thinking out loud, so to speak, because the two had been out drinking together.

In reaction to the tweets, bookmakers suspended bets on Oasis headlining Glastonbury Festival. Yes, Liam Gallagher’s tweets caused such instability in the market as to suspend trading.

In any case, this is as good an opportunity as any to revisit, as NME did, the comedy gold that is Liam’s twitter account, as well as a recent viral hit – brother Noel‘s commentary on old Oasis videos.

“Oh, I was fucking drunk…in this video. Look how pissed I am there. That’s me really pissed.”

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Sound And Vision: United They Stand (And Sell Out) — Superstars On Tour Together

It official: U2 is the biggest music act on the planet! The band might not go multi-platinum like it used to, and there’s been no blockbuster single since George Bush the elder was in office, but Bono and the boys just bagged some brand-new bragging rights. In early April, the group’s 360° world tour surpassed the Rolling Stones‘ 2005-2007 A Bigger Bang tour to become the biggest money-making road trip of all time. By the time the Live Nation-backed trek—which U2 launched in 2009 to support the No Line on the Horizon album—concludes in July, it will have pulled in a projected $700 million in ticket sales.
Of course, U2 didn’t do it alone. If a GRAMMY were awarded for Best Supporting Act, Muse— who opened for many of U2′s 360° dates, including the ones in Brazil that broke the Stones’ record— would have an excellent shot. (Jay-Z did the honors in Australia and New Zealand, while the Black Eyed Peas chipped in on some US and Canada dates.) Here’s a platinum-level UK band whose slow and steady trajectory in the US has been thrust further upward by key slots on the soundtracks to the Twilight films and frontman Matthew Bellamy’s romance with Kate Hudson, with whom he’s expecting a baby. Muse could sell out big venues on its own (and did, even before U2, Hudson or Twilight entered the picture), but with the group playing warm-up act for U2, it seems almost inevitable that major records would be broken.
Two superstar acts for the price of one ticket: It’s a brilliant idea that’s spreading fast. With the international economy in shambles, and so much competition on the road, the biggest stars need to offer fans more than just the greatest show on earth to guarantee blockbuster box-office business. That’s where A-list opening acts come in. U2 could sell out stadiums and arenas solo, but why not hedge its bets by bringing in big-name support to pull some of the weight?
In previous decades, most big stars wouldn’t have been caught dead with an opening act that could possibly upstage them. They usually hit the road with bubbling-under, up-and-comers, safeguarding their own star billing while, by default, helping the upstarts bring their music to the masses. But with ticket sales skyrocketing closer to four-digit figures (U2′s $250 top-tier ticket price is practically a bargain), sometimes you need more than a name and a collection of hits to lure fans. Simply put, on their own, few superstars have the drawing power of Charlie Sheen anymore. It takes two (bankable draws) to make a gig go right.
These days the relationship between headliners and opening acts (or co-headliners) is far more symbiotic. Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks co-headlined—and sold out—the thirteen-city Heart & Soul North American tour in March and April, though she who goes on first (sorry, Stevie) is technically the opening act. Eighties teen queens Debbie Gibson and Tiffany just announced their own co-headlining summer tour (at press time, there wasn’t any word on who’d be opening), and Sade will bring fellow platinum-level GRAMMY winner John Legend along for the ride when her world tour arrives in North America on June 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. Though there is some fan overlap in all three cases, Nicks and Legend will be contributing to the financial potential of their tickets in a much larger way than your traditional opening act.
Meanwhile in the world of pop, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj just signed a pact for Minaj to open dates on Spears’s upcoming Femme Fatale North American tour, which also launches on June 16, but in Sacramento, California. The unlikely alliance between a superstar and an up-and-comer who, at the moment, is probably just as hot, will benefit the headliner as much as the opening act. It will expose Minaj to pop fans who might otherwise know her only from her cameos on other people’s records, and it will give Spears a little bit of something that has eluded her for her entire career: street cred. It’s probably an even more winning combination than Spears and Enrique Iglesias, who had been in talks to open the tour before Minaj got onboard.
Over in the UK, Take That snagged Pet Shop Boys as the opening act on the Progress Live 2011 Tour, set to hit the road in May, despite the fact that the two acts ruled in different decades. (Fun fact: Newly returned Take That member Robbie Williams and PSB collaborated on “She’s Madonna” and “We’re the Pet Shop Boys,” two tracks from the former’s 2006 Rudebox album, and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant sang on Williams’ early solo hit “No Regrets.”) Once again, though, the effect will be reciprocal. Pet Shop Boys will attract gays and the ’80s-obsessed, while Take That will pull in gays and children of the ’90s.
Combine and conquer! It’s a concept that for years has worked for annual multi-artist tours like Ozzfest and Lollapalooza, yearly one-off festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury that touch down in the US and UK as well as the ones that regularly land in places like Argentina and Australia, and double-bills featuring reuinted ’80s icons. Fans will hand over the cash if you give them hours of entertainment featuring a smorgasbord of talent. This, however, might be the first time we’ve seen so many superstar acts settling for the opening slot, and it’s likely just the beginning. Can Ke$ha as the appetizer for Spears’s main course in Europe and beyond be far behind?

Scene & Heard: London, England

We’ve taken you from coast to coast in the United States. We’ve seen everything from the dance parties of Miami to the rock clubs of Austin to the indie vibes of Seattle. So, where do we go from here? Well, this week Scene & Heard is heading overseas to one of the most famous rock markets in the entire world: London.

Rather than trying to think of all the ways we can describe London’s music scene, we’ll just list some big name acts: The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Police, The Who, Coldplay. Maybe you’ve heard of them? It’s no secret that England is a heavyweight in the music world (e.g., The Beatles), but London itself has a typical local music market to offer, just like those in the States.

London also offers quite the selection of live music spots. However, just like with New York City, to mention every venue that is worthwhile would make for a huge list. So, we’ll outline just a few. To start, The Barfly is a venue brand that hosts several rooms across the UK. The one of interest to us is the Barfly Camden. This venue offers one-off live shows of up-and-coming bands as well as series and night festivals (including DJ sets as well as an iTunes Festival Late Bar). Another place to find a diverse lineup is at Dingwalls. The club hosted the Lockstock Festival this year and offers a little bit heavier of a lineup than the Barfly.

Don’t take just our word for it though. The dark yet poppy sounds of OurStage band Trail pay homage to the true London vibe. They’re pretty familiar with London’s live circuit, too. “There is no shortage of venues . . . [but] the Indig02 is probably the best [one] we’ve played at,” comments singer Charlie Afif. “It has an enormous stage and PA . . . and there is a fridge full of beer backstage, which is always a bonus.” Indig02 aside, the band recommends Dingwalls as well as the Borderline as places where under-the-radar bands normally play.

Charlie does acknowledge that some bands can become discouraged by the scene because many times the bookings are run directly by promoters that may not have the bands’/music’s best interest in mind. “Who you are on the bill with is probably more important than the venue. Check out bands [online]. If they are interactive with their fans, they’re likely to promote [the show] well and ensure you play in front of a decent crowd.”

Trail have shared the stage with acts like Fiction Plan and Ghosts, making a strong regional name for themselves. Their catchy, evolving rock songs were heard during an O’Neil surfing competition this summer (televised throughout all the UK). Stay tuned for their new single “Killing Sun,” scheduled to be released this Halloween.

Festivus: 2010 Festival Quick-Fire

Line ups have been officially announced for most of this summer’s major festivals and tickets are almost sold out. As fans start to plan their summer, we thought we’d take this time to see what our favorite festivals’ big names have in store for us.

Glastonbury – U2. A bit of a wild card for the generally hippie-esque festival. Its hard to anticipate how an unfamiliar crowd will react to Bono’s ego and high scale production.  If Bruce Springsteen at Bonnaroo last year is any indication, good times will be had but numbers could be small.

Other acts include: Muse, Jackson Browne, Local Natives and Rodrigo y Gabriela

V Festival – Kings of Leon. Year’s of hard work and dedication to their craft made Kings of Leon fan favorites in the UK.  But they changed their tune after an explosive performance at Glastonbury in 2008 and subsequent shot to the top, and a sense of entitlement wafted. The Kings may be over-saturating the British market this summer, and fans could lose interest.

Other acts include: Florence and the Machine, The Kooks, Passion Pit and Kate Nash

AC/DC

Reading and Leeds – With a slew of big names, top billers include Guns ‘N’ Roses, Arcade Fire, Blink 182, and of course newly-reunited The Libertines. But another big name coming ’round again is AC/DC, and they’ll be offering up a US trip to see the band perform live in a dress rehearsal to 2 lucky winners. As always, there’s a catch. Two giant billboards at the Reading site will provide a backdrop for fans that are dressed up as AC/DC Aussie axeman Angus Young to take pictures in front of and then upload to acdcrocks.com/uk. The best “Angus” wins the goods.

Other acts include: Queens of the Stone Age, Cypress Hill and Two Door Cinema Club

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