Oasis/Ryan Adams | 12.03.08 | Oakland

By: Jillian Horn

Oasis/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: 12.03.08 :: Oracle Arena :: Oakland, CA

Ryan Adams :: 07.24 by Jay Blakesberg
Kicking off their North American tour, Oasis stopped by Oakland's Oracle Arena to showcase hits old and new. Alt-country/rock singer Ryan Adams offered support with his band The Cardinals for a performance that pleased the decently-filled arena and got the rock juices flowing. For both acts, the songs were unbelievably well-selected, with the best of their extensive catalogues seamlessly sliding right between the new and unfamiliar. However, the two performances shared an unsettling commonality: A lack of interest.

With twenty albums between both Oasis and Ryan Adams, it is more than fair to respectfully refer to each as veteran musicians who have more performances under their belt than most modern artists will ever last to see. However, being so well versed in the art of performance, it would also be fair to assume these guys could at least successfully pretend to care.

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals were short on audience interaction, but luckily redeemed themselves in their high-energy, electric performance of earlier solo Adams tracks and new Cardinals material. Performing against a simple backdrop of a black curtain and two electric blue roses, the set opened and closed with cuts off Cardinology, the fourth album from the group and their most recent release (see JamBase's review here). The audience appeared wary at first of the ultra-serious Adams, who stood modestly on the far left side of the stage, but positively welcomed him into their night as the band jumped from one up-beat track to another, never leaving a moment to doubt the sounds.

Some highlights included the sweet "Come Pick Me Up" off his 2000 debut Heartbreaker, as well as the popular "When the Stars Go Blue," which was originally recorded by Adams' first band Whiskeytown in the mid-nineties. Concluding with the Tom Petty-esque "Magick," Adams said a quick, "Bye, Thank You," and rushed offstage before the audience could even lift their hands to applaud.

The curtain then dropped to reveal a much larger stage set up for the headliners, and the crowd waited patiently for the band they paid much money to see. For most first-timers at an Oasis show, the mind explores a variety of expectations. What will they play? What does a performance from a group that's been around for almost twenty years look like? What antics will the Gallagher brothers engage in?

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As the lights dimmed and lead singer Liam Gallagher stood onstage glaring with a tambourine clenched between his teeth, the answer to those questions was soon enough delivered. They kicked off the set with "Rock 'n' Roll Star," the very first track from their first release, Definitely Maybe. It was an appropriate opener, as it got the crowd up on their feet and set the tone for the remainder of the night, as Liam repeatedly shouted the chorus, "Tonight, I'm a rock 'n' roll star," over and over - which is exactly how he and his bandmates acted.

With Noel Gallagher and the other members virtually standing in place, all eyes were fixated on Liam, front and center, as he came across more like an egotistical zombie than a performer. To be fair, the off-putting, lack-of-interest style of the band may be the very essence of Oasis to many die-hards, who eat up their antics and scoff at those who may not "get it" - and that's fine. Music inspires everyone uniquely. However, the sparsely filled venue only housed a handful of fanatics, and most of the crowd ended up unsuspectingly dumbstruck and disconnected.

In its essence, a concert is about the relationship formed between the band and the audience; you play off one another's energy, and you get lost in each other's presence. That is the magic behind the whole rock experience, and that is the formula for an all-consuming, out-of-body musical adventure. Even the slightest hiccup can hinder that relationship, but audiences are typically quite forgiving. When the egocentric Liam spends the full 20-song set glaring, pacing and chugging (water), you can't help but scratch your head and wonder just exactly why the group continues to tour. Do they even want to?

Noel was much more convincing than his brother, and his voice sounded powerful and intact as he stepped up to sing the mildly underrated "The Masterplan" and "Songbird" before diving into the grossly popular "Slide Away" and "Morning Glory." It was not until the end of the set that the audience seemed to forgive the antics of Oasis, either due to the foreseeable conclusion of the show or because they played the ever-pleasing "Wonderwall." The encore purveyed this emotion, and the crowd was offered "Don't Look Back in Anger," "Falling Down," "Champagne Supernova" and perhaps the most impressive song of the night, a high-energy psychedelic cover of "I Am the Walrus."

Despite the mixed reception and their lackluster presence, the evening was a quintessential Oasis experience, where even after two decades of solid rock, the band continues to stir things up, do things their own way and never once turn back.

Oasis and Ryan Adams are on tour now, dates available here.

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Comments

Navin R. Johnson Wed 12/10/2008 03:36PM
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secondbreakfast star Wed 12/10/2008 03:51PM
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vida421 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 04:02PM
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vida421

Jillian...I'd say you nailed it....I mean nailed it!

vida421 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 04:04PM
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vida421

To be fair, the off-putting, lack-of-interest style of the band may be the very essence of Oasis to many die-hards, who eat up their antics and scoff at those who may not "get it" - and that's fine.

oh yea...and she nailed you guys too! (NRJ&SBF)

Umphreek87 Wed 12/10/2008 04:06PM
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Umphreek87

its funny how you guys take this review so seriously. I would never have guessed oasis would play wonderwall at this show..:)crowd connection with the musicians is such a huge part of being at a live show. theres been a couple times where i was at a show, the guy right beside me has his arms crossed and looking like he would want to be anywhere else but there. it ruins the vibe a lil bit. Johnson did you actually write this?:

"Get your freakin heads out of the clouds hippy"

-ur an asshole. and anyone who says such a dousche thing like that is a fuckin jerkoff.

Muffinman1 Wed 12/10/2008 04:14PM
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Muffinman1

Wow SECONDBREAKFST, you sound like a real cock knuckle. Theres not a bnad you just listed that I havn't seen or my parents took me to see as a kid, but that doesn't make me some kind of authority or know all on rock shows. What did you expect? Every review to be positive? Sorry that not everyone loves your beloved Oasis (washed up pompus losers). And I don't feel like Oasis' music is that complex that "you either get it or you don't". I think a lot of people just don't give a fuck about a band that has to act the way they do. I can't stand people like you. Good review Jillian. Thank you for your honest review and keep them coming.

MartinHalo Wed 12/10/2008 04:54PM
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MartinHalo

I want in on this one... Oasis is borning to watch...yes... that is what makes them Oasis. But god damn being at one of their shows is like being hit by a tsunami of sound. I mean a wall of sound. It still gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. That is what sticks out to me more than their stage presence. I will come clean, I won't lie to y'all, I kind of like watching Liam pull back from the mic and lip "bassstarrrddsss" to the audience. I don't get that to often around Jersey.

I understand that this band isn't jam band style... fine. And that their work released after Masterplan is filled not with great 'records' but rather great 'moments'... fine. But to say Oasis isn't a great band seems like a disconnect from peoples' personal tastes and who these guys are as artists. Yea they rip off the Beatles, but you have to admit Def Maybe, Moring Glory, Be Here Now, and Masterplan were greeeeeaattt records!

curtbraski star Wed 12/10/2008 05:02PM
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curtbraski

What an awful review. Who hired this girl? Is she an unpaid intern, because Jambase if you are paying her, that's really stupid.

"Adams said a quick, "Bye, Thank You," and rushed offstage before the audience could even lift their hands to applaud." BTW if you check other music blogs that pertain to the bands you are reviewing you can find out information. From the Cardinal Cave, "We have a HARD-CORE curfew in the US w OASIS. 1 hour. This leaves us to need to be in a position to be WAY ON-TIME for our Amazing Fucking Crew to be able to just get right behind loads LOADS of massive OASIS stuff, and for us to be able to pull off a rad set."

Anyways, I really want to catch one of these gigs. Bet it would be one hell of a show.

MaseBase starstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 05:12PM
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MaseBase

I was at this show and Oasis was awful! I really enjoyed the Cardinals performance, but it did lack a connection with the crowd. I used to love Oasis, so I thought that I would have enjoyed the performance but I couldn't stand it

SlaveTotheDarkStar Wed 12/10/2008 05:42PM
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SlaveTotheDarkStar

I'm scared to comment. Is an Oasis fan going to yell at my hippy-self?

Muffinman1 Wed 12/10/2008 06:02PM
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Muffinman1

I don't think that anyone is saying that you guys shouldn't like Oasis because they're not a jamband. I don't like them cuz they are an imitation of the Beatles. And I feel like they have to use the antics to stay in peoples minds. Whats the first thing you think about when you here the name Oasis? Drunk assholes fighting each other and breaking up once a year. It's all they got. They are not putting out great classic music thats gonna be around for us to share with the next generation. They will be a forgotten band in 10-15 years. I didn't even know they were around anymore until I saw the tour announcment on JB. If you need a band that "creates walls of sound" listen to RADIOHEAD. At least they are an oringinal band.

mattguff9 Wed 12/10/2008 07:13PM
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mattguff9

The tickets for tonight's arena show in MPLS had to go 2 for 1 on the last day so they could have a decent crowd there. I guess Oasis needs a venue to match their ego. Decent review...I gotta say that "What's the Story (Morning Glory)" is one of my favorite rock albums of all time.

brooklynite84 Wed 12/10/2008 07:44PM
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I saw Oasis a few years ago with their original band lineup and it was a good show, it was what was expected just without the bros fighting eachother. These guys are talented, but you need to realize that the only people that compared them to the Beatles are the critics and journalists that don't know anything about music. Their new album totally suprised me with a new twist of sound. It doesn't sound like the old Oasis and it is a rockin album. It's nice to hear a change with a band like this and that it doesn't blow either.

NittyGritty starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 08:15PM
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Muffinman1 Thu 12/11/2008 04:12AM
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Muffinman1

brooklynite84, I'm not personally attacking you, but who ever the main asshole gallager is, he said that the were the second coming of the Beatles. And they asked him who would be remembered as the greastest band of all time. He said Oasis. I've always been put off by this band ever since I read that. I believe it was in Rolling Stone.

Ned8 starstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 06:11AM
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Since when did connection with the audience make it a hippie affair. Prince is connected with his audience. He is egotistical as well. I could go on and on about performers having a certain manner of presentation. You either move the room or you don't. The folks that commented negatively to the article were not there.

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haha!! all this is very amusing!

Flat5 Thu 12/11/2008 07:03AM
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Flat5

for some reason as I read some of these posts I keep hearing a British accent.. yes, milesgone, very amusing indeed!

soxphan Thu 12/11/2008 07:25AM
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this may be the jumping off point for me as far as jambase goes. Oasis and Ryan f#%#ng Adams? Puke.

GB3K-Poops Thu 12/11/2008 09:00AM
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GB3K-Poops

OASIS BLOWS!!!

gotti3 Thu 12/11/2008 10:03AM
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gotti3

Having toured with many groups and being a big music fan. I can't understand the hate I always feel on this website for oasis. I have seen them numerous times felt the energy was good and the band sounded up to par. For those who hate oasis listen to some of there less mainstream album Masterplan or Heathen Chemistry. Not jam albums but solid rock and if you listen to their music that is what they do

cleemchite Thu 12/11/2008 11:17AM
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brooklynite84 Thu 12/11/2008 11:31AM
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voteTOOL-Okay, you're right. It doesn't suprise me it was Rolling Stone either, I love how people get on Jambase for not being so JAM-BASED, but Rolling Stone sold their soul to the Devil a long time ago. Even though Oasis stated that, I still enjoy their music to some degree. They're not my favorite, but I mean even Kanye has his moments of producing some good music, or should I say "DID"...

nbailin2 starstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 11:45AM
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btw, Ryan talked through out the LA show and played the full hour set. In oakland he only played 45 mins (scheduled an hour though) and only said "thanks." Something was def up with him that night..it had nothing to do with the oasis rush. he did however sound amazing.

matthau Thu 12/11/2008 12:20PM
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Eh....i have seen Ryan interact with the audience. Hey, Oasis does it too. Perhaps this was just not the best showing for both bands.If this was the kickoff tour for Oasis i would actually EXPECT it to not be their best showing....d'uh. Very few bands BRING IT on the first gig of a tour. THAT is common knowledge. As for The Cards....they were essentially an opening act...so what do you expect?? They can't flesh out their live act in an hour. SO basically, i find this review to be somewhat un-thought out. I didn't go to the show, but i think it is VERY premature to judge the live prowess of two bands KNOWN for their live shows, on just one concert. C'mon....if we all did that, Phish wouldn't have a fanbase. ;)

sschaffner starstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 12:20PM
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sschaffner

nice work jillian. oasis has some good songs, but they blow as performers, and they especially blow as people.

Smittea Thu 12/11/2008 01:22PM
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Smittea

Two douchebag bands that have sold far too many albums with the sale of one.

vida421 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 01:26PM
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vida421

You know...it's a good thing Ryan didn't play his version of Wonderwall...no one would have much of a reason to stay after that...

secondbreakfast star Thu 12/11/2008 01:31PM
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secondbreakfast

hmm, mmm. I just defer to Paul Weller on this one. If they're good enough for, they're good enough for me.

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 01:34PM
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Considering that we are talking about Oasis, I don't think the phrase should be "you either get it or you don't." I think that the phrase should be "you either care or you don't." Does this band still have large venue relevance?

Also, when you see a band with some popular songs you get members of the crowd who are there to see/hear "their" song. As far as that goes, this particular member of the crowd would have "their" song played first so that he or she can leave after and if the band embellishes the song, our listener is then angry because that is not how it is played on the radio (the correct way).

Overall, great review. Too many things go into a great show to mention all here. I like the attempt to define the "essence" of a live show. That relationship between the crowd and the performer is one aspect of a great show. It sounds like neither did the job in this instance.

rider11 star Thu 12/11/2008 01:52PM
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this article blows. The stories JamBase has been choosing blows. I can not believe Gadiel is selling out so hard. If you want to cover all music stories go to Rolling Stone or Pollstar. I am losing out on stories I want to know about to hear about oasis and Ryan Adams. it's bad enough he stuck around Phil $ Friends too. god dammit

Jeff Kash Thu 12/11/2008 05:44PM
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Jeff Kash

Who sucks harder? Ryan Adams or Oasis?

rainydaywomen420 star Thu 12/11/2008 09:33PM
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rainydaywomen420

ryan adams should close every hour long opening set of this tour with his rendition of wonderwall. fuck oasis, they may have made some good music in their day but they have the most inflated ego ive ever seen in music. not only do they kiss their bathroom mirror when they wake up in the morning they have the gall to publicly insult and criticize everything that doesnt suit their perfectly awesome selves. youtube the video where some dude in toronto ran onstage and blasted noel in the back knocking him on his face, oh the joy.

rainydaywomen420 Thu 12/11/2008 09:34PM
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rainydaywomen420

fucking wankers

futhepharmer Fri 12/12/2008 09:04AM
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futhepharmer

laugh all you want, but Ryan is playing the soundtrack to your life and you don't even know it. isn't it a pity?

Smittea star Fri 12/12/2008 09:40AM
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Smittea

Two classic acts that love themselves more than anyone else possibly could. Please, Ryan playing the sound track to my life. Are we projecting a little futhepharmer? Alt-country rock is about as far away from my life as Bhutan.

Jeff Kash Fri 12/12/2008 10:07AM
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Jeff Kash

Space Cadet Travis prob creamed when he read this article.

Smittea Fri 12/12/2008 11:13AM
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Smittea

Oasis and Ryan Adams..... the sound of two bands sucking.

rainydaywomen420 Fri 12/12/2008 04:03PM
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rainydaywomen420

i love ryan adams, have seen him live and he is absolutely brilliant and im sure everyone bashing him have barely dug into his very impressive catalog. who sucks harder, thats nice you sound awful intelligent, your comments are always very insightful glam pro