The Arctic Monkeys & Oasis
The night started with the Arctic Monkeys playing a 35-minute set featuring most of the tracks from their debut album. The band was tentative for a couple of songs but warmed to the crowed quickly. The set received a good reaction, but I could tell this wasn't an Arctic Monkey-crowd.
Oasis's set lasted more than 90 minutes. Hearing "Wonderwall," "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "Champagne Supernova" with 19,000-plus people singing along is something every Oasis fan should experience. Their set was solid, and there was little doubt who the people came to see.
The Globe said it was a risk for Oasis to have the Arctic Monkeys open for them because of the possibility that the Next Big Thing, as it was, would steal the show. The Arctic Monkeys's opening set was good enough for me to forget that Oasis would be coming up later.
Before Oasis started playing "Rock 'n' Roll Star," Liam Gallagher dedicated the song to a "breath of fresh air, the Arctic Monkeys"--proof that Oasis was not playing in fear and they were comfortable as being the big band from the 90s. (And hell, a Gallagher endorsement can go along way with Oasis fans.) The Arctic Monkeys will be the Big Thing soon. But, at least, not today.