Liam Gallagher bowled a sold out Emirates Old Trafford over on Saturday night – in his biggest ever solo show.
More than 50,000 people packed into the cricket ground to witness the triumphant homecoming of the Burnage boy.
It’s the Oasis songs that get the biggest reaction – although the singalong to debut solo offering Wall of Glass is huge.
Often you go to a place to feel the things you used to feel when you’d been there before rather than look at the thing that’s really in front of you.
I first saw Oasis at a tiny venue in Middlesbrough in 1994 – just before Definitely Maybe came out. They opened with Bring it on Down – and it’s as raucous now as then. Almost. That goes into Listen Up – the song they were playing when Noel was punched live on Radio 1 in Newcastle 6 months later.
I was there for that too. Those tracks – and memories – offer a reminder of how exciting Oasis were before they’d even broken through.
A piano-driven version of Champagne Supernova shows you exactly why they went stellar. Beautiful, actually. Bonehead is here though, as they launch into Some Might Say then Cigarettes and Alcohol.
Wonderwall is a group hug for 50,000. Maybe the best hug ever.
D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman is definitely code to HIM. ‘If you wanna be a Spaceman it’s still not too late…’
Live Forever ends it.
For now. Ashcroft joins him on vocals and plays guitar as a Manchester bee and the number 22 flashes onto the screen in tribute to those gone but never forgotten.
It’s a touching final moment after both had shown love to the city during their sets.
There are more chapters for Liam. But there’s an elephant in the stadium.
Neither brother can ever own Oasis. They’re in it together.
For now though, this was a great way to sign off for Gallagher Jr.