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Saturday, 22 July, 2000, 02:36 GMT 03:36 UK
Oasis kick off at Wembley
Noel Gallagher
Will the Wembley gigs be the last for Noel?
Rock's troubled superstars Oasis have headlined for their first time at Wembley - in one of the final shows for the venue and possibly for Noel Gallagher.

The band's songwriter said he is unsure of his future with the group when its UK summer shows end. It follows a catalogue of rows with younger brother and frontman Liam.

And the sports stadium, which held tens of thousands of clamouring fans, is due to be rebuilt by 2003, with a 133m-high arch replacing its famous twin towers.

Noel quit the European leg of the tour in May after he and Liam fell out. He agreed to return for the British gigs and has said he will make up his mind about continuing with the band after the last concert.


They've been pretty good but they've lost it a bit

Oasis fan
As the Wembley extravaganza got under way, Liam seemed to be spoiling for a fight with his southern audience, jokingly shouting "Hello Manchester".

The band kicked off the performance with number one single Go Let It Out, followed by another track from their most recent album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, Who Feels Love.

They then slipped into old favourites Supersonic, Shakermaker, and Acquiesce.

Fans unconvinced

Although the stadium was less than full, fans were keyed up for the event with an enthusiastic round of Mexican waves before the show began.

But they were not all convinced about the band's performance.

One fan, Dave Webb said: "They've been pretty good but they've lost it a bit. They think whatever they put out nowadays is as good as the old stuff but it's not."

Another fan said: "It should be Liam not Noel that leaves. The band's nothing without Noel because he writes all the songs and Liam's just an arrogant idiot."

Liam Gallagher
Liam: "Hello Manchester"
The crowd saw what appeared to be bickering between the brothers away from the microphone, although this did not affect their perfomance.

This tour has also seen the addition of guitarist Gem Archer and bass player Andy Bell to the line-up, to replace other band members who left last year.

Other hits played by the band in a greatest hits style show included Roll With It, Wonderwall, Stand By Me - and the fans were jumping in unison as the band wheeled out their former manifesto Cigarettes And Alcohol.

Noel took over lead vocal duties for a version of his Neil Young homage to punk Hey Hey My My, before handing over to Liam again for Champagne Supernova.

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