In 1996 there was not another band that could touch the rapturous popularity of Oasis. The band had even left Britpop rivals Blur in their wake when they embarked on a series of humongous gigs. They would go on to rule the world with their gigantic August show at Knebworth House. But it was their homecoming gig at Maine Road that many people remember more fondly.

In front of 40,000 Mancunians the band performed some songs from their last two mega-albums, Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory and in the home stadium of their favourite football team Manchester City. That wasn’t all the band had planned though. Noel and Liam Gallagher along with the rest of the band had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Oasis, above all else, always put on a show, no matter where they played. Whether it was a good or bad show is kind of a moot point, as it would always, always be entertaining. Whether it was Meth-induced wig-outs in Hollywood or the triumphant splendour of Knebworth – Oasis know their way around a stage. With such a ginormous event (40,000 people attending each night) looming before them they were keener than ever to make sure the crowd left delirious and steadfast in their assessment of Oasis as one of the best rock bands in the world.

The band were on a high in April ’96. Their first two records had begun to define a generation and they were on the brink of superstardom. The band would make sure that there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Oasis were the real deal by giving one hell of a performance.

With each night starting with the ‘Morning Glory’ helicopter sounds while LG took a crafty fag break on stage, before launching into ‘Swamp Song’. The band slammed through their growing catalogue of anthemic tunes, even finding time for the newer songs like ‘Roll With It’ – it was turning into one of those electric evenings. The full setlist can be found below.

Oasis’ setlist may have been packed full of their pace-gathering classics but they knew that to really win over a crowd and convert them into true believers, you needed a surprise. A small token of appreciation to the ticket holder for shelling out the extra cash; a cover of a classic track. It can seem small, a little trite at times, but when an artist decides to cover an iconic song at a gig and you get to share in that moment of musical spontaneity with your friends and 40,000 other people, it helps the gig transcend into a great night out into an unforgettable life moment.

(Credit: Michael Spencer Jones)

Noel and Liam already had the form for this too. They weren’t quiet admirers of The Beatles by any stretch of the imagination and they often covered the band’s song ‘I Am The Walrus. But nobody could’ve seen it coming when Noel and Liam with the rest of the band jumped into a wild cover of Slade’s 1973 anthem ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’. The hit would be Slade’s fourth chart-topping tune reaching number 1 to become a ’70s disco classic forever

While Noel would likely have a giggle at the comparison between Liam Gallagher and Noddy Holder, it’s hard to marry the two bands up. But apart from physically, are the two bands really that dissimilar? Both make iconic rock and roll anthems, both like a shandy or two, and both have a distinctive sense of style. More importantly, both know how to really work the song ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’.

Watch Oasis with Liam and Noel Gallagher performing a cover of Slade’s iconic song at their homecoming gig at Maine Road, Manchester, back in 1996.

Oasis At Maine Road, Manchester
Saturday 27 April 1996

The Swamp Song
Acquiesce
Supersonic
Hello
Some Might Say
Roll With It
Morning Glory
Round Are Way
Cigarettes And Alcohol
Champagne Supernova
Whatever
Cast No Shadow
Wonderwall
The Masterplan
Don’t Look Back in Anger
D’Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman? (aborted)
I Am the Walrus

Encore:
Cum On Feel the Noize (cover of the Slade single from 1973)

Oasis At Maine Road
Manchester Sunday 28 April 1996

The Swamp Song
Acquiesce
Supersonic
Hello
Some Might Say
Roll With It
Morning Glory
Round Are Way (with another bit of Up In The Sky at the end)
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Champagne Supernova
Whatever (Noel on vocals)
Cast No Shadow
Wonderwall
The Masterplan
Don’t Look Back in Anger
Live Forever

Encore:
I Am the Walrus
Cum On Feel the Noize

Source: Radio X

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