Still Mad Fer It: Oasis Plays Chile

The legendary rock band Oasis brought a bit of Northern attitude to Santiago in May when they played their first ever Chilean gig.

Santiago Chile
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The Gallagher brothers and company have just completed a grueling tour of South America following the release of their latest album, Dig Out Your Soul, making time to touch down in Chile for a one-off gig at the Movistar Arena.

These are confusing times for Oasis fans. What with marriage and babies and singer Liam Gallagher producing his own fashion line, Pretty Green, one could be

Santiago Chile
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forgiven for wondering if the loudmouthed hell raisers, who not only shaped but even came to epitomize the glory days of ‘90s Britpop, have gone a bit soft recently. Male grooming and the school run don’t seem like part of the obvious daily routine for a pair of loud-mouthed Northern rock idols who crafted the soundtrack for a generation.

But fans in South America far and wide clearly didn’t bother themselves with any such worries. Touching down in Lima for the first date of their sell-out tour of the continent, the fivesome was nearly mobbed by followers in anti-swine flu surgical masks who claimed that welcoming the group to Peru was “way more important” than worrying about the potentially fatal disease, reports.

In Chile, Santiago's Movistar arena was packed with screaming fans who sang along to almost the entire set. Though touring for its new album, Oasis played enough old epic anthems to keep the crowd cheering, including "Cigarettes and Alcohol," "Don’t Look Back In Anger" and the one and only "Wonderwall." Softer moments came in the form of an acoustic version of "Songbird" and "I’m Outta Time," both penned by Liam and the latter of which is easily one of the best tracks on the new album. The show's defining moment, though, came at the end with the entire stadium screaming their lungs out, arms in air, to "Champagne Supernova."

Santiago Chile
Photo courtesy Felipe Ramirez Amigo

As Liam swaggered around the stage in his parka and brother Noel mumbled the occasional "Muchos Gracias" in plain Mancunian to the crowd between songs, Oasis seemed as reassuringly and deservedly arrogant as ever. There seemed to be no end in sight for the brothers' infamous sibling rivalry, a feud that has existed since the band's birth. The two hardly looked at one another during the set, and at one point Liam even strutted casually and derisively offstage while Noel sang. Nonetheless, they smirked appreciatively at the Union Jack flags in the audience and were generally their usual brilliant, slightly obstinate selves.

Dig Out Your Soul is the band’s seventh studio album since hitting the scene in the early '90s with the iconic Definitely Maybe. Though no obvious anthems stand out such as in previous albums, the riffs are more than catchy and the lyrics brazen, with lines like "I got my heebiejeebies in a little bag" forming the opening verse of "Bag It Up." "Dig Out Your Soul," full of attitude, signals a return to a rockier, rougher Oasis of old.

Despite fraternal tensions, the band clearly appreciated the charged atmosphere in Santiago and Liam rounded up with the words, “One more song and then we’re off down the pub – you’ve been f****ing amazing.” Noel later said in a note directed to the South American fans: “It’s been a privilege to play for you. The memories of this little tour will live with me for a long time. Mucho gracias and obrigado. Hasta luego.”

The boys might have accumulated kids and manners, but Oasis definitely isn't soft yet.

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