Oasis Knebworth 1996 (found Knebworth park performance from British rock band; 1996)
Oasis was a British rock band that was formed in 1991 with the line-up of Liam Gallagher on vocals, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs on lead guitar, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan on bass and Tony McCarroll on drums. Liam's brother Noel Gallagher joined a year after they formed and played lead guitar while Paul Arthurs switched to rhythm guitar. The band was a huge success throughout the 1990s with their first three albums "Definitely Maybe", "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" and "Be Here Now" debuted at Number 1 on the UK albums chart and are known for songs like Supersonic, Stand By Me, Live Forever, Don't Look Back in Anger, Rock N' Roll Star, Roll With It and Wonderwall. While on tour to support (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, the band played two sets at Knebworth Park to a record-setting 125,000 attendants on 10 and 11 August 1996. The tour has had several dates recorded and the Knebworth concerts were among the recorded.
At the time of the Knebworth concerts, the band were on top of the world, their second album (What's The Story) Morning Glory? went straight to number 1 in twelve countries and was hailed as one of the greatest albums of the decade. Aside from the success, the band fired McCaroll while recording the album and was replaced with Alan White and a recording of Liam and Noel arguing during an NME interview went public around the time the album was released and the brother's fighting became public knowledge. The tour prior to the Knebworth Park concerts wasn't smooth-sailing either, some shows were cut short due to objects getting thrown at the band and the Gallaghers constantly made tabloid headlines due to their constant fighting and partying lifestyles. McGuigan had also briefly left the group during the tour after being subjected to verbal abuse from Liam while doing press for the album but was convinced to return not long after. The Knebworth Park dates were only announced three months before the concerts, but despite the late announcement of the gigs, they sold out very quickly.
The concerts are notable for not only being performed to a record-setting crowd but also the live debut of a couple songs from Be Here Now, those being My Big Mouth and It's Gettin' Better (Man!!). The former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire (just four months after his departure from The Stone Roses) came on for the last two songs on the gigs, Champagne Supernova and I Am the Walrus.
Along with the Earl's Court and Maine Road concerts from earlier in the tour, the Knebworth Park gigs were recorded. Live Forever, Champagne Supernova and I Am the Walrus were used in place of Round Are Way, My Big Mouth and It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) when Radio 1 broadcasted the second gig and contains an extra performance of Don't Look Back In Anger from the previous gig. Unlike the Earl's Court and Main Road gigs, the Knebworth Park gigs were never fully released to the public. Only several tracks in audio (like the aforementioned Radio 1 broadcast) from the gigs have been released, mostly in re-releases of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now. Bootlegged recordings of the gigs have surfaced online in varying forms of quality. Footage from the gigs were used in the 2016 documentary Oasis: Supersonic and additional footage from a bootleg of the venue's monitors have also surfaced online, however, several songs from the first gig were still missing. In July 2021, it was announced that a documentary on the gigs entitled "Oasis Knebworth 1996" was going to be released that September. The film showcased footage of both gigs that have never been seen before and are very different than what appears in the bootlegs. The film met its 19 September 2021 release date and very quickly became the highest-grossing documentary of 2021 in the UK. A box set of the film was released two months later on 19 November 2021 and contained a live album featuring a select number of songs from both gigs and two extra DVDs that contain the complete footage of both Knebworth Park gigs. The footage would later find its way to YouTube and can be viewed online.
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