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Oasis, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

AT the Ricoh Arena Coventry on Tuesday the sellout crowd was subjected to a rain storm of almost biblical proportions.

AT the Ricoh Arena Coventry on Tuesday the sellout crowd was subjected to a rain storm of almost biblical proportions.

As it turned out those clouds did have a silver lining as the blue skies which appeared over the Sky Blues’s stadium heralded a fantastic show from Oasis as part of their 2009 tour around Britain and Ireland.

Support band The Enemy revved the crowd up nicely in preparation for the main event. Despite their set starting at the early time of 8.15pm Oasis ensured the set began with a bang.

From the opening chords of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ it was clear that a great deal of thought had gone into the show.

The stage lighting was simple and the back projections were black and white - perfect for fading the evening sunlight.

More recent songs such as ‘Lyla’ were met with equal fervor as the old favorites like ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Morning Glory’.

The acoustic ‘Half the World Away’ was belted out by the crowd and Noel alike and there was no doubt that we were in the presence of a great live band.

The crowd excelled themselves in making sure the words to ‘Wonderwall’ were heard loud and clear over Coventry which led to the final build up.

‘Live Forever’, ‘Supersonic’ took us to the end of an exhilarating concert; but there is the compulsory encore which included ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’.

A psychedelic version of the Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus’ ended proceedings and we all went our merry ways in the knowledge that it doesn’t get much better than that.

Oasis are no longer the naughty Northerners they once were but they put on a well crafted show with the lights, videos and, of course, the music in superb harmony so their old and new fans alike more than got their money’s worth over the two hour set.

 

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