Oasis performs a hometown gig at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England as part of its 2005 "Don't Believe the Truth" U.K. tour. Part of the Coda A Family Affair Theme.
If there are power rankings for anticipated rock reunions, Oasis has to rank near the top of the list. Ever since it unceremoniously imploded in 2009 — Noel and Liam Gallagher came to blows backstage in Paris, apparently some thrown fruit was involved — no band has emerged to take over its anthemic pub-rock lane.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.