OASIS ON THE BALL

The weekend triumph over Germany puts a spring in Liam Gallagher's step...

LIAM GALLAGHER was in patriotic mood when he took the stage for Oasis‘ gig at IMOLA in ITALY last night (June 18), still celebrating ENGLAND‘s victory in the Euro 2000 football tournament at the weekend.

Having launched into ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ with: “Here’s one for all the English in the crowd,” Liam then proceeded to banter: “We’re gonna do ya in the footie,” referring to the game between England and Italy which will happen if the English team draw with Romania tomorrow night.

Liam made no reference to brother Noel‘s absence, but one fan at the gig said he was most missed during ‘Roll With It’, where the “take me away” line at the end was noticeable by its absence, and on ‘Acquiesce’ where his “because we need each other” was a conspicuous gap.

The fan, who said he chatted to Andy Bell after the gig, said they played an identical set to the Milan gig on May 30, which was the band’s first without Noel after he left to join his wife Meg and baby Anais in Ibiza.

The fan reported that, according to Andy, the band have been listening to the new Richard Ashcroft album, and Johnny Marr‘s new material is “always on the stereo”. Marr‘s new band Healers supported Oasis on six dates in Milan, Zurich, Vienna, Leipzig, Warsaw and Berlin, and will rejoin them for two nights support at Bolton Reebok Stadium on July 15 and 16.

Finally, nme.com understands that Oasis will include their cover of ‘Helter Skelter’ on their forthcoming UK dates, having dropped the Beatles track from their set out of respect to Noel, who usually sings it.

Noel is set to rejoin the band on July 8 for their gig at Dublin Lansdowne Road and then continues with their UK dates at Bolton, then Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium on July 29, and winding up at the Carling Weekend Festival at Reading on August 25 and Leeds (28), plus Glasgow Green Festival In The City on August 26.

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