Last month, Oasis released the road film DVD, Lord Don’t Slow Me Down stateside here in the
By now, either you get Oasis or you don’t, so if you’ve never liked Oasis, this film will do nothing to alter that perception. All the mugging and posturing that Noel and Liam Gallagher do for the press should be taken, in Noel’s own words, “with a huge pinch of salt.” That said, the coked out excesses and tabloid fodder of the mid 90s has been replaced by a band more concerned with putting on a grand show and taking the piss with their mates backstage.
The live footage is superbly shot and the current configuration of the band (including drummer Zak Starkey, guitarist Gem Archer, and bassist Andy Bell ) shows that Oasis can actually play. Despite the fact the band plays the identical setlist night after night, and the fact that Liams voice can either sound good or like a frog has taken a shit in his throat, Oasis have their show dialed in for the throngs of faithful that populate the gigs.
Fans looking for a diary of road debauchery will be sorely disappointed. What you’ll see are band members celebrating each others birthdays (sometimes with midgets no less) as well as Noel and Liam Gallagher slogging through inane interview after interview. The backstage scenes are often hilarious for the verbal exchanges between band members and their Mancunian-stocked entourage, as well as for the mundane ways the band amuse themselves as they wait for show time.
Much like Radiohead’s torturous mediation on touring life, Meeting People is Easy, by the time Oasis reach
As a bonus, a second disc includes the entire show from their hometown show at the City of
So if you’re a fooking fan, grab a fresh pint of Guinness, light up a fag, and crank up Lord Don’t Slow Me Down on the home theater.