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Sunday, 16 July, 2000, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
Oasis back on UK stage
The Gallagher brothers
The brothers have been through testing times in recent months
The reunited Gallagher brothers have returned to their native North West, playing to a huge crowd on the first UK date of the Oasis tour.

The band was almost on home turf when it played at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, Greater Manchester on Saturday night - their first gig in the north west of England for two years.

The troublesome two got together in Dublin last weekend for the first time since Noel walked out of the European leg of the Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants world tour in May.

Four French tour dates were scrapped following the bust up between the two brothers, although the tour continued with a stand-in for Noel.

As light faded over the stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Liam swaggered on the stage followed by Noel.

They opened the set with Don't Let It Out which saw the Oasis frontman strut across the stage to the delight of the audience.

Testing times

This year has proved a testing time for the Manchester super-group with lukewarm reviews of their latest album and the break-up of Liam's marriage to actress Patsy Kensit, with whom he has a baby son Lennon.

Although banter between the Gallagher brothers during the 90-minute set was limited, there were no obvious hints of the recent animosity which led to a series of public outbursts.
Liam and  Patsy
Liam and Pasty split was announced the day before the brothers reunited

Noel claimed his brother was "losing it" and said he could no longer bear being in the same room as the band's singer.

Liam retaliated in a newspaper interview branding his brother a "loser" for wanting to go solo.

But at the group's first tour gig in Dublin's Lansdowne Road on 9 July, Liam Gallagher shook hands with his brother, saying: "There's been a lot of stuff written about us...but we ain't splitting up."

Warm welcome

The crowd welcomed the pair back, with anthems such as Stand By Me and Don't Look Back In Anger bringing the Reebok Stadium to its feet.

Wonderwall was "for the ladies", announced Liam wearing a hooded top. His brother harmonised on the song inspired by his wife Meg.

Classics such as Cigarettes And Alcohol and Live Forever also proved popular with the crowd.
The crowd responded to a string of Oasis classics

After a short break Noel returned to perform a Neil Young cover before being joined by his brother for Champagne Supernova - the stage bathed in yellow lights as darkness descended on Bolton.

The encore was, rather appropriately, Rock 'N' Roll Star with Liam throwing his trademark tambourine high into the crowd.

Fan Tom Allan, 22, from Blackburn, Lancashire, said: "They were as good as they've ever been. They are still the best group in Britain."

Jane Cresswell, 27, of Warrington, Cheshire, said: "Anyone who says they are finished should have been here today, Oasis were fantastic."

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