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Wednesday, 24 November, 1999, 13:36 GMT
Oasis take on the world
Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, Liam Gallagher, Gem and Alan White

Oasis have confirmed their first UK gigs for more than two years with shows in London, Edinburgh and Bolton next July.

The three stadium concerts for 160,000 fans will mark the debut of the band's revamped line-up, featuring new members Andy Bell and Gem.

Gone: Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan (left) with Noel Glalagher
Oasis were rocked in the summer by the departure of guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and bass player Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, who had been with the band from the start.

They had completed their parts for the forthcoming album which was recorded in France and London.

Gem, formerly of Heavy Stereo, and Andy Bell - a veteran of Ride and Hurricane #1 - were appointed in the past few weeks.

Oasis will play the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on 15 July, London's Wembley Stadium on 22 July and Murrayfield in Edinburgh on 29 July.

Happier times: Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs with Noel and Liam
Guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher joked: "The reason we chose Wembley is because we don't like playing big places anymore."

Commenting on the unusual choice of Bolton, a band spokesman said: "It was a case of finding the right venue. The Reebok Stadium is a big place with a capacity of around 55,000 so it made sense.

"They thought it was good to play new places and I don't think they even played Bolton in the early days."

It is the first time that Oasis have performed at any of these venues and the band's first UK concerts since they played Wembley Arena in December 1997.

The Wembley concert is five years to the day since they played Slane Castle, Dublin - one of the shows which cemented them as a major outdoor venue act.

At their peak: Oasis on stage at Knebworth in 1996
Oasis have since become one of the biggest rock bands of the decade - with global album sales totalling 25 million.

The British dates are part of the band's biggest world tour yet. It kicks off in Japan on leap year day, 29 February, and will roll through South America, the US and Europe before coming to Britain.

On 28 February Oasis are also planning to release their fourth studio album, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants - a 10-track release which features the first songwriting effort by Noel's brother Liam called Little James.

The band will play four warm-up shows in the US next month, kicking off with Philadelphia on December 3.

They then play Chicago the following day and Detroit on December 5, ending up in Los Angeles on December 11.

Information on how to buy tickets for the world tour will be announced on 30 November.

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