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Saturday, 29 July, 2000, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Oasis roll with the punches
Gallagher brothers
The Gallagher brothers are in upbeat mood
Oasis shrugged off the controversy surrounding their early exit from a Swiss rock festival before stepping on stage at Murrayfield Stadium.

The already troubled British band stormed off the stage at the Paleo Festival on Wednesday after bottles were thrown from the crowd.

But the incident did not deter them from entertaining the sell-out crowd at the Edinburgh stadium on Saturday evening.

Bottle on Paleo stage
A bouncer clears a bottle from the festival stage
The Swiss controversy had echoes of an incident at one of the band's previous Scottish gigs when a bottle was thrown.

It also came amid continuing doubts about the group's future.

Their performance at Murrayfield, in front of a 56,000 crowd was Oasis's first performance north of the border for nearly three years.

It also marked the final leg of their Standing on the Shoulder of Giants UK tour.

Songwriter Noel Gallagher, who now only plays concerts in Britain with the band, had promised a memorable show.

Before the concert, he said: "If it stays dry and we play all right then it'll be great because everyone knows the songs, 'cos a lot of them are classics of the modern day."

Missiles thrown

Liam added: "It's just gonna be straight out rock and roll, which is the way I like it, 'cos that's why I'm in a rock and roll band."

The latest Oasis row erupted on Wednesday night when the band, minus Noel, stopped playing when missiles were thrown.

They stayed at the site until all 35,000 fans had left and threatened legal action after the organisers accused them of putting thousands of fans at risk by their actions.

Patsy and Liam
More trouble in the Gallagher household
The band refused to finish the first of their two Glasgow dates in December 1997 after only 30 minutes when former bassist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs was struck by a bottle.

Ugly scenes followed among the 9,000 crowd after it was announced that the group would not be reappearing and police made seven arrests.

Saturday's concert was Oasis's first stadium gig in Scotland and their biggest Scottish concert since they played to 80,000 fans over two days at Balloch Castle Country Park, Loch Lomond, in August 1996.

Support was provided by the Happy Mondays and Doves.

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