Loud guitars and even louder attitude were out on full display March 20 at the Air Canada Centre. From the opening riffs of the Arctic Monkeys to the closing chords of Oasis, the mini-British invasion was summed up neatly by Oasis' sometimes sober frontman Liam Gallagher when he screamed "rock and roll!" before an amped-up version of the band's most popular song, "Wonderwall."
It was fitting that the Arctic Monkeys opened for Oasis. Just as the band of the brothers Gallagher burst onto the music scene in 1994, saving true rock from grunge, the Arctic Monkeys recently followed suit, releasing debut album, "Whatever People Say I Am, I'm Not," which quickly became the fastest selling British U.K. debut.
The Monkeys proved why they deserved such lavish praise and sales as they tore through 10 songs in under 35 minutes. Led by Alex Turner's sly voice and witty lyrics, the quartet from Sheffield played everything from the hard rocker "The View From the Afternoon" to the catchy "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and even shifted gears for the mellow closer, "A Certain Romance." A dumbfounded Turner's first words, "Be gentle," were ignored as the band played their largest gig. The nearly packed arena cheered on the future of rock while patiently waiting for the group that inspired the 19-year-old lads to pick up their guitars in the first place: Oasis.
Considered by most to have been musically dead for the past 10 years, Oasis quickly proved why they are far from it. Playing exclusively from their latest album "Don't Believe the Truth" as well as their first two classic albums, Oasis knew how to get the most out of the crowd. The band mixed new hits like "Lyla" with the songs that made them famous, including "Live Forever," "Supersonic," "Wonderwall," "Morning Glory" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" (which featured a seemingly awestruck guitarist Noel Gallagher relinquishing the duty of singing the chorus to the crowd, which happily sang in his place.) The band also paid homage to their roots, ending with a high-energy cover of The Who's "My Generation."
Oasis fans tend to be a loyal bunch, sticking by their band through thick and thin. Ultimately, Oasis' set was for the masses who catapulted the band into stardom and kept them there throughout the years; it was a show which proved that despite the musical trends that come and go in the blink of an eye, true rock will never die.
Charles Kruly is a senior at Williamsville South.