The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 30

Oasis | Local 186 | October 21, 1994
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

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Liam Gallagher of Oasis
A year before “Champagne Supernova” became a radio hit, Oasis already had a rep for stirring up trouble in Boston thanks to their debut at Local 186. They were the sullen guys at the table at some dinner Epic gave before the show. And the label did a good job of making sure the club was full for the band’s set. But even from the back of the room it was hard not to notice some sort of scuffle off to the side of the stage as Oasis prepared for their set. Apparently, Oasis had a disagreement with the local opening band that turned ugly enough for the Brothers Gallagher to throw a few punches. All in a hard day’s night, right? It wasn’t the kind of thing that endeared Oasis to the local scene. And Liam further compounded his error when, later that night, he and his bandmates showed up at a small party at Lily Dennison’s apartment, sat down by the turntable, and asked earnestly, “What record is that?” It was Otis Redding. “That’s why they think they’re the best band in the world,” one of the guests whispered. “They obviously haven’t heard any music.” It was the kind of night that’s rightly given Boston the rep of being a tough town for bands who can’t handle the heat.
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