The once scarily prolific Ryan Adams hasn't put an album out in a while, but that didn't stop him and his band the Cardinals from hitting the road with Oasis or from presenting a stirring set in Vancouver's huge GM Place. Adams stuck mostly to songs from 2005's Cold Roses and points forward, including a handful of new tunes that resulted in lengthy jams with his air-tight band. Liam Gallagher watched "Everybody Knows" and "Off Broadway" from the side of the stage and Adams mentioned that coming up after him was "one of the best bands in the world." The best? Fellow Mancunians the Smiths, he said. "They must put something in the water there," he said, before exiting on "Easy Plateau."
Oasis took the stage with their trademark swagger, blurring the line between cockiness and contempt. The band dropped in a healthy dose of Definitely Maybe in between the more recent (but less infectious) singles like "Songbird" and "Lyla." When the hit list arrived (with the buzzsaw that is "Morning Glory"), Noel taunted the audience with, "That was what you wanted, right?" For the remainder, they balanced old sing-alongs with new tracks from the upcoming Dig Out Your Soul, which were hungrily absorbed if not totally accepted. After spitting "Wonderwall," Noel cautioned the next was their last (he lied; they returned with "Champagne Supernova" and "I Am the Walrus"). When the crowd booed Oasis' departure, Liam snarled, "Don't you fucking boo" as he exited with the same swagger.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Set List:
"Shakedown on 9th Street"
Oasis Set List:
"Rock & Roll Star"
"The Shock Of The Lightning"
"Cigarettes & Alcohol"
"The Meaning Of Soul"
"To Be Where Theres Life"
"Ain't Got Nothin"
"The Importance Of Being Idle"
"Don't Look Back In Anger"
"I Am The Walrus"
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