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Gem and Andy Bell slot in for Oasis Later Special and Oasis appear on Top Of The Pops...

The new Oasis line-up debuted material from their new album ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ yesterday in front of a tiny 400-strong audience at the BBC studios in White City.

One hundred nme.com ticket-winners rubbed shoulders with stars including Kate Moss, Goldie and former Creation boss, Alan McGee, to witness a set of 14 songs made up of new tracks, classic Oasis songs – although there were no tracks from the band’s last album ‘Be Here Now’ – and the live debut of their punky cover of The Who‘s My Generation.

The five tracks from the new album were ‘Go Let It Out’, ‘Who Feels Love’, ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong?’, ‘Sunday Morning Call’ and ‘Gas Panic’ (about Noel‘s cocaine addiction which Liam introduced as “a song about sleepless nights”). Noel sang ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’ and ‘Sunday Morning Call’.

Oasis played the following classics: ‘Supersonic’, ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, ‘ Acquiesce’, ‘Rock N Roll Star’, ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Live Forever’.

Talking to nme.com after the performance, Alan McGee said: “It’s as good as you could wish for in a studio. It’s always difficult to judge the atmosphere in a place like this. I can’t wait to see them in a proper venue. Andy Bell is a phenomenal musician.”

The show was filmed as an hour-long Oasis Later Special that will go out on 1 April on the BBC.

Meanwhile Oasis appeared on Friday’s Top Of The Pops for their first single, ‘Go Let It Out’ from the new album – although they were not performing live. The single was number one in the mid-week charts and is set to be number one in the charts tomorrow. Top Of The Pops is repeated in the early hours of Sunday morning at 0140 GMT.

See next week’s NME for more on Oasis.