Oasis 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.”
- Rebecca Black just won’t go away.
- Really, Yoko??
- How is it possible that the world’s largest music festival is “on the way out”?
- Coheed and Cambria bass player makes a quick stop at the pharmacy before show… but must have forgot his prescription.
- We’re only a little jealous of this newborn’s DNA.
- We’ll believe it when we see it.
- Everyone’s out to get George Michael.
- Coolness of the day brought to you by The Strokes. And Elvis Costello.
- RIP Würzel Burston.
- Well at least it’s not Robert Pattinson.
- Lupe on Bill O’Reilly gives new meaning to the term “fiasco”.
- Sean Kingston tweeted, all is right with the world.
- Growing up is hard to do.
- Hope you didn’t have your heart set on seeing Amy Winehouse this summer.
- Get ready to dance your pants off.
- How very “put the lotion in the basket” of them.
- The money to keep sexual assault lawsuits quiet has to come from somewhere.
- Glastonbury wants the Rolling Stones. Who doesn’t?
- Shut your trap, Adele.
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.
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
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