Oasis Schedules Two Big Outdoor Concerts

By | February 26, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Oasis will stage two huge open air concerts in London this summer, the band said Tuesday. Noel and Liam Gallagher will take the stage in front of up to 120,000 people at Finsbury Park in north London on July 5 and 6.

“These are the biggest concerts they have played since July 2000 when they did a UK stadium tour,” a spokeswoman for the band told Reuters.

The band will be supported by UK indie band The Charlatans and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Californian rock group.

The Gallagher brothers will hope the concerts shift the spotlight to their music rather than their bitter public feuds, drinking problems and high profile divorces.

The band releases “The Hindu Times,” its first single in nearly two years, on April 15 and an album is to follow in July.

Oasis played a charity concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this month and are reported to be due to appear at the Coachella Festival in California at the end of April.

After bursting on to the music scene in the early 1990s, Oasis scored UK No. 1’s with its first two albums, “Definitely Maybe” (1994) and “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” (1995).

Their success soared in 1996 when their show at Knebworth, north of London, was reported to be one of Britain’s biggest ever outdoor events.

But as interest in Britpop waned, the band appeared to lose its way and had harsh reviews for the 1997 album “Be Here Now.”

Their last album “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants” received better write-ups, with Rolling Stone magazine calling it “easily their boldest work.”

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