Oasis Jams Phone Lines

July 28 [12:00 EDT] -- Oasis dominated the British music scene again this week as some 7 million phone calls jammed 300 special lines set up to sell tickets for the band's six-city, 13-show U.K. tour.

A limited number had also been put on sale at the venues, and those locations saw thousands more fans camped out for up to two days. The PA News reports that the phones opened Saturday at 9am and by 2pm callers had managed to thwart the seemingly permanent busy signals and purchase 100,000 tickets. By 8pm, all 156,000 seats were gone.

The September performances will be the first Oasis concerts in over a year in Britain. They played two festivals last August at Loch Lomond and Knebworth and sold a total of 330,000 tickets in nine hours. It was estimated then that about three million people made the attempt. At the band's request, the current shows are being staged at smaller, more intimate venues.

Oasis just released its first single in over a year, but the song, "D'You

Know What I Mean," shot to #1 immediately with sales totaling 370,000 copies, then lost that chart position to Puff Daddy and Faith Evans after just one week.

Here are the tour dates:

  • 9/8 - Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Spektrum
  • 9/9 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Stockholm Globe
  • 9/10 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhagen Forum
  • 9/13 - Exeter, England @ Exeter Westpoint Arena
  • 9/14 - Exeter, England @ Exeter Westpoint Arena
  • 9/16 - Newcastle, England @ Newcastle Arena
  • 9/17 - Newcastle, England @ Newcastle Arena
  • 9/19 - Aberdeen, Scotland @ Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • 9/20 - Aberdeen, Scotland @ Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
  • 9/22 - Sheffield, England @ Sheffield Arena
  • 9/23 - Sheffield, England @ Sheffield Arena
  • 9/25 - London, England @ London Earl's Court
  • 9/26 - London, England @ London Earl's Court
  • 9/27 - London, England @ London Earl's Court
  • 9/29 - Birmingham, England @ Birmingham National Indoor Arena
  • 9/30

    - Birmingham, England @ Birmingham National Indoor Arena