MARR’S LANDING FOR OASIS

Two-hour hometown gig features Marr on 'Champagne Supernova'

OASIS were joined onstage by legendary SMITHS guitarist JOHNNY MARR last night (October 10), to celebrate their live return to MANCHESTER.

The guitarist – currently launching his new act The Healers – made a surprise appearance at the city’s Apollo Theatre. He played on ‘Champagne Supernova’ after being briefly introduced by Noel Gallagher.

Marr has long been associated with Oasis, and recently spent a week in the studio with Liam Gallagher, working on tracks written by the singer.

The band were playing the first of two nights as part of their sold out UK

tour, dubbed ‘Ten Years Of Noise And Confusion’. The last time Oasis played their hometown was December 1997, at the much larger G-MEX Centre.

The band played for two hours on a bare stage. Keeping the setlist close to

the previous shows in London, they previewed two new songs from their forthcoming fifth album – ‘The Hindu Times’ and ‘Hung In A Bad Place’.

The set also included several B-sides and album tracks. After the finale of ‘I Am The Walrus’, they returned to the stage for a second encore of ‘Roll With It’. Liam commanded the audience to ‘get back in your fucking seats!” as the audience made to leave.

This focus on the band’s early days was not lost on the crowd, who, after

Noel’s solo version of ‘Whatever’, chanted “Who the fuck is Andy Bell?” at Oasis‘ current bass-player and former Ride guitarist.

Stringent security was in place throughout the night, with a strong police presence outside the venue anticipating any trouble. Ticket holders were put through a complex queuing system, and searched before being allowed access to the venue. However, the event appeared to pass without significant incident.

The show was attended by a large Oasis entourage, including Noel’s girlfriend Sara McDonald, mother Peggy Gallagher and Greg Griffin, singer with Proud Mary – the band Noel signed to his label Sour Mash.

The full setlist was:

‘(Intro) Fuckin’ In The Bushes’

‘Go Let It Out’

‘Morning Glory’

‘Acquiesce’

‘Supersonic’

‘Fade Away’

‘The Hindu Times’

‘Half The World Away’

‘Whatever’

‘The Masterplan’

‘Gas Panic!’

‘Cigarettes And Alcohol’

‘Live Forever’

‘Hung In A Bad Place’

‘Slide Away’

‘She’s Electric’

‘Champagne Supernova’

‘Rock’n’Roll Star’

‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

‘I Am The Walrus’

‘Roll With It’

Oasis return to the Apollo tonight (October 11), with support coming from hotly tipped Leeds act The Music. The tour then arrives at Glasgow Barrowlands on Saturday and Sunday (October 13-14).

To read NME.COM’s review of the first night of the tour, click here.