Oasis' Noel Gallagher defies doctor's orders to begin UK tour

Band are introduced onstage in Liverpool by an old friend

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Oasis kicked off their UK tour in Liverpool last night (October 7), and were introduced onstage by boxer and friend Ricky Hatton.

The gig was Oasis' first since the guitarist was pushed over by a stage invader at the Canadian V Festival, injuring his ribs.

The show saw Noel defying doctor's orders, having been ordered to rest for a least another four weeks following the incident on September 7.

Introducing the band, Hatton referenced the incident, telling the crowd: "They're the best band in the world, and I'm proud to say, friends. If anyone tries to push them over onstage tonight they're gonna have me to deal with!"

Oasis – who were supported by local three-piece The Sixteen Tonnes, handpicked by Noel – then got their tour back on track in some style at the 10,000-capacity Echo Arena, taking the stage to the familiar strains of 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants' album opener 'Fuckin In The Bushes'.

The band then opened the show with 'Rock N Roll Star', before blasting through the likes of 'Lyla', 'Slide Away', 'Supersonic' and 'Wonderwall', along with new 'Dig Out Your Soul' songs 'Waiting For The Rapture', 'The Shock Of The Lightning', 'I'm Outta Time', 'Ain't Got Nothin'', 'To Be Where There's Life' and 'Falling Down'.

Noel also performed an acoustic version of 'Don't Look Back In Anger', which was almost impossible to hear over a deafening crowd sing-a-long.

'The Masterplan', 'Champagne Supernova' and 'Cigarettes And Alcohol' also featured, as well as a surprise in the shape of 'Be Here Now' track 'My Big Mouth'.

Closing the show by returning to what was their traditional final song in the '90s, a cover of The Beatles' 'I Am The Walrus', frontman Liam Gallagher told the crowd: "You lot should all know the words to this one!"

Oasis played:

'Fuckin' In The Bushes'
'Rock 'N' Roll Star'
'The Shock Of The Lightning'
'Cigarettes And Alcohol'
'The Meaning Of Soul'
'To Be Where There's Life'
'Waiting For The Rapture'
'The Masterplan'
'Slide Away'
'Morning Glory'
'Ain't Got Nothin''
'The Importance of Being Idle'
'I'm Outta Time'
'My Big Mouth'
'Don't Look Back In Anger'
'Falling Down'
'Champagne Supernova'
'I Am The Walrus'

The sold-out tour continues with another show in Liverpool tonight (October 8), before visiting the following venues:

Sheffield Arena (October 10, 11)
Birmingham NIA (13, 14)
London Wembley Arena (16, 17)
Bournemouth BIC (20, 21)
Cardiff International Arena (23, 24)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (29, 30)
Aberdeen Exhibition Centre (November 1, 2)
Glasgow SECC (4, 5)

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