OASIS made a triumphant return to hometurf last night (September 14) with at the first of two massive outdoor shows.
The gig, at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, was the band’s biggest Manchester show since their Maine Road bash in 1996.
Celebrities in attendance included former Cast frontman John Power, Primal Scream’s Mani and actor Ralf Little.
Despite a troubled live campaign, which has seen Noel involved in a car accident and Liam beset by throat problems, the hit-packed show was uneventful, except for Liam and Noel both urging fans at the front to calm down and avoid any crushing.
Liam did not, however, refer to the venue itself. Rumours had it that the Gallagher brothers had insisted that all promotional material should use the alternative title ‘Lancashire Country Cricket Club’, stringently avoiding any reference to the Manchester City fans’ arch rivals, Manchester United.
Oasis’ full set-list was:
‘The Hindu Times’
‘Hung In A Bad Place’
‘Go Let It Out’
‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’
‘Little By Little’
‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
‘Born On A Different Cloud’
‘ Force Of Nature’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’
‘Some Might Say’
Support came from Richard Ashcroft, The Electric Soft Parade and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Ashcroft debuted tracks from his forthcoming second solo album ‘Human Conditions’, including new single ‘Check The Meaning’. His set was light on material from much-maligned 2000 solo debut ‘Alone With Everybody’, concentrating on Verve tracks. He ended with a radically reworked, bass-heavy version of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, which did away with the strings the brass parts.
The same line-up return to Old Trafford today (September 15).