Oasis weren’t yet Oasis when they came shambled into Philadelphia’s Theater of the Living Arts on March 7, 1995. “Definitely Maybe” had just come out, and bros Noel and Liam Gallagher and their band were hitting the States for the first time in support of the soon-to-be-mammoth record.
So when Noel plugged in and fired off the first chords of “Rock ’N’ Roll Star,” there were actually open spaces near the amps on both sides of the high TLA stage. Only pockets of the crowd were singing along to “Live Forever.” When Liam flipped the bird to the crowd for no reason at the end of a song, it was actually shocking behavior and not something to be expected from a saucy British frontman.
And when they closed the set with a cover of “I Am The Walrus,” it seemed like a preposterously cocky move. These guys put themselves in a league with The Beatles? Are you kidding me?
Nope, the Gallaghers were for real, and they would one day walk the walk to back up the talk.