Band played to 250,000 people over two 1996 gigs at Knebworth House
Oasis are planning to release a live album and documentary based on their 1996 Knebworth House gigs.
When asked if a documentary was in the works, Gallagher reportedly said: “Oh yeah! Just because it’ll be the 20th anniversary of our Knebworth concerts in 2016. And because we’re a bunch of nutters, we’ve completely forgotten that we had actually filmed the whole thing. With like 20 cameras and a lot of what happened on the festival ground as well. Like fans arriving, backstage sequences, interviews and flights over the area. Which we’ve never released. I’ve no idea why.”
Oasis played to a combined audience of 250,000 at the two huge outdoor shows on August 10 and 11 that year. Then-guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs has previously stated the band should have quit after the gigs, believing it would have been a suitable point to end their career. According to Noel, it was the highlight of his time in Oasis.
“We decided that 2016 would be a good moment to do so, since Knebworth was the highlight of our career. We think that the 20th would make a good occasion to reflect on that, or to tell the history of Oasis – and then leave it at that. So far there’s going to be a documentary and a live album.”
Gallagher has done a number of interviews recently as he prepares to release new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which is out on March 2. Speaking to Vulture, he revealed he would be willing to reform Oasis, but only for “half a billion”.
“If somebody puts that on the table, I’ll pack my bags in the morning and say, “How many gigs do you want?”
However, he added that the idea of reforming the band isn’t only up to him. “The thing that slightly annoys me is – and I know I’m the only one doing interviews – people assume it’s up to me,” he explained. “Let’s say I get up tomorrow morning, have a stretch, and say to my wife, ‘How about this Oasis thing?’ It’s not up to me. Who knows if Liam wants to do it? He probably does, but I don’t know. It’s not on my radar at all. I’m very happy with what I’m doing.”
Noel will appear as a pundit on BBC’s Match Of The Day 2 tonight (February 22), alongside regulars Jermaine Jenas, Mark Lawrenson and host Mark Chapman.