By Simon Vozick-Levinson
December 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

How is it possible that Oasis packed Madison Square Garden to the rafters last night? No offense — I was one of the 15,000+ fans yowling along to most every song. But a sold-out arena… in the United States…in 2008? Their last real mainstream hit here was well over a decade ago. Even Liam Gallagher was wondering the same thing. “Anyone here from England?” he asked between songs. When a hearty fraction of the crowd cheered back, the perma-sneering frontman cracked a rare grin: “I thought that’s how we’d sell this place out.” But it was an overwhelmingly American house from what I could tell. Evidently I’m not the only Yank who still counts Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? as all-time great albums.

And when the band ripped into classics like “Morning Glory,” “Supersonic,” and “The Masterplan” — featuring a great lead vocal from big brother Noel Gallagher (pictured) — suddenly it was very easy to understand why we were all there in such large numbers. Those songs rocked as hard last night as they ever did in the ’90s. Hell, even the tunes from the band’s less-awesome later albums sounded all right! Anyone who’s seen Oasis on their current tour feel me on this?

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Their latest, Dig Out Your Soul, got a B– review from EW
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