Oasis were arguably the most popular music group in the U.K. during their initial run of success starting back in the mid-1990 and throughout the 2000s. On Saturday evening, half of the rock band’s original lineup reunited on stage at the Manchester Arena, when Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs came out to join singer Liam Gallagher during his headlining concert in Oasis’ hometown. The reunion may not have provided the hilarious drama typically heard between the two Gallagher brothers, but seeing and hearing the two members on stage once again was certainly good enough for the fans in attendance.
Gallagher was performing at the famous arena as part of his 2017 live campaign surrounding his first ever album release as a solo artist with “As You Were.” His 17-song setlist on Saturday night consisted of nine total Oasis covers, and that was just before the encore. For his return to the stage to close out the night, Gallagher brought out Bonehead to help him end the evening with three Oasis classics in “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” “Wonderwall” and “Live Forever.”
As seen and heard in the videos above and below, the crowd has no problem providing their hometown heroes with plenty of support in singing along to the three songs. During the performance of “Live Forever,” the recognizable bee symbol can be seen appearing on the venue's screens along with the number 22, referencing the city’s icon of hope and perseverance following the attack that killed 22 fans at the Arena during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22. Gallagher would eventually join today’ biggest British band in Coldplay on stage to perform “Live Forever” during the city’s “One Love Manchester” event a few weeks following the attack.
Gallagher’s tour plans in promotion of “As You Were” will continue well into the new year, with international concert dates scheduled to keep Liam busy throughout next summer. His older brother Noel will also be touring abroad in 2018 as part of his own new album cycle. Tickets to select shows on Noel and his High Flying Birds' North American winter tour are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.