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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 08:15 GMT
Oasis perform charity gig
Oasis are set to release a new album this year
Oasis are set to release a new album this year
Rock band Oasis have held their first major concert this year - a charity gig at London's Royal Albert Hall.

But unusually for controversial brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, they kept the expletives to a minimum and kept their drinking to little more than water and coffee.

The band were heading a benefit show for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

'Plastic'

The nearest to any controversy at the concert was when Liam Gallagher threw a bottle into the crowd, but even then he apologised.

He told the audience: "It's only plastic."

They had played a low-key gig at the Watford Coliseum the night before.

Also on stage with Oasis at the charity concert was Paul Weller.

The veteran rocker joined them to sing one of their hits Don't Look Back in Anger.

Weller nearly missed his cue, as he was still enjoying the hospitalities in the bar. But the crowd's chant of "Weller, Weller" brought him to the stage.

The band played two new songs, The Hindu Times and Hung in a Bad Place, which were first unveiled on their 10th anniversary Noise and Confusion tour last year.

The show is expected to raise thousands for the charity and will be followed this week by gigs by The Who and Weller.

Love-hate

Oasis, one of the biggest British acts of the 1990s, are due to release a new album later this year.

They will be hoping to revive their fortunes, having seen the Gallagher's private lives accumulating more interest than their music of late.

Noel suffered from a drug habit
Noel suffered from a drug habit
In 1996 the band sold 18 million albums and played to more than 250,000 people over two days at a concert at Knebworth.

The pair have long endured a love-hate relationship, with Noel famously quitting an American tour and later refusing to tour at all with his brother in Europe.

The third and fourth albums - Be Here Now and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants - failed to sell as well and garner praise and Noel has since blamed his cocaine habit for interfering in the creative process.

The newspapers were more interested in the Gallagher brothers' love lives - Noel's divorce from Meg Mathews and Liam's marriage and subsequent divorce from Patsy Kensit and his new relationship with All Saint Nicole Appleton.

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