By Erick Yoshida
I've already been to some huge rock events. Novarock Festival in Austria in 2006 (more than 90 thousand people), Pearl Jam's first visit to Brazil in 2005 (40 thousand people), U2's No Line on the Horizon gig last year in São Paulo (about 70 thousand) or the Red Hot Chili Peppers' night at Rock in Rio (more than 100 thousand), just to mention the biggest. But none of them was better than Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds on March 11th at the modest Tonhalle in Münich with less than... let's say, 10 thousand people watching.
Why, you ask?
To start with, the ex-Oasis guitarist and band leader, was in a great mood that day: talking to the audience during the songs, making jokes about a guy in the front row who was asking for a guitar pick ("Oh, you want this. You want a guitar pick? For your girlfriend? You love her and you want to give her this f*cking stupid piece of plastic?!") and so on. A totally different guy from that ill-humoured Noel Gallagher I saw in Curitiba 3 years ago playing with Oasis.
Second, most people there were true Oasis fans or Noel's fans. You could hear them singing most of the songs, even those which were not famous. Actually, I believe that only Don't Look Back in Anger was a well recognised song. Besides, I did not hear anyone screaming "Play the f*cking Wonderwall", as it would be considered normal in a Gallagher's concert.
Finally, I was less than 10 bloody meters away (about 33 feet, if you are American). To tell the truth, I am almost sure that he starred at me while checking the audience during one of the songs.
I could imagine the 14 year old me, a huge Oasis fan, proudly telling the present me something like "I would never imagine that we could get so close to 'god'". And I feel that I should try to get further. Maybe the backstage someday? I'm sure I'll be still mad fer it by then.
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