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Noel Gallagher admits he ‘didn’t register’ the importance of Oasis’ historic Knebworth gig

It was the gig that saw them perform to 250,000 devoted fans.

But Noel Gallagher, 54, has admitted he was too ‘f***ing arrogant’ to enjoy the famous Oasis concert at Knebworth in 1996. 

The Mancunian musician recently buried his feud with his brother Liam, 48, to work on documentary film about the iconic show which had its world premiere in London on Thursday night. 

Strong admission: Noel Gallagher, 54, now frontman of High Flying Birds, has admitted he was too ‘f***ing arrogant’ to enjoy Oasis’ famous concert at Knebworth in 1996

And Noel has now spoken out about his memory of the performance, saying according to The Sun: ‘I was so f***ing arrogant at the time that it didn’t really register. Genuinely. It’s only since Supersonic (Oasis’s 2016 documentary) and this film that you try and put yourself back in there and you get goosebumps.’ 

The gigs saw Liam and Noel – as well as Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan and Tony McCarroll – take to the stage in front of the mammoth crowd.

And Noel insists the Knebworth show was performed at a time when the band was most in touch with their audience and when the group was at its best.

Living the dream: The gigs saw Liam and Noel - as well as Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and Tony McCarroll - perform in front of the mammoth 250,000 crowd

Living the dream: The gigs saw Liam and Noel – as well as Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan and Tony McCarroll – perform in front of the mammoth 250,000 crowd

He explained: ‘I’m not sure there are any bands who had that lift-off like we did. We were still in the same circumstances as our audience, almost. It is a snapshot of a band, of its zenith. It is a great moment for the band.

‘Morning Glory (Oasis’s second album, in 1995) hadn’t really taken off. We were loaded but we hadn’t really got paid. You know, the f***ing chimps hadn’t turned up and tigers and fur coats.’ 

Oasis had only released their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe and their smash 1995 follow-up (What’s the Story) Morning Glory at the time of Knebworth.

Mind on other matters: Noel admitted he didn't remember singing much at the show and said he was more interested in the TV working in their dressing room (pictured 1996)

Mind on other matters: Noel admitted he didn’t remember singing much at the show and said he was more interested in the TV working in their dressing room (pictured 1996)

Different worlds: Noel insists Liam and their fellow former bandmates will have different perceptions of the gig as they had more input

Different worlds: Noel insists Liam and their fellow former bandmates will have different perceptions of the gig as they had more input

They charged £22 per ticket for fans to see them on-stage at the Hertfordshire stately home.

Noel explained he didn’t remember singing too much at the show, and that he probably has a different perception of the gig than his former bandmates.  

Noel was flying solo as he attended the world premiere of the film Oasis Knebworth 1996 at Picturehouse Central in London on Thursday night.

Making history: Oasis charged £22 per ticket for fans to see them on-stage at the Hertfordshire stately home (pictured at Knebworth in 1996)

Making history: Oasis charged £22 per ticket for fans to see them on-stage at the Hertfordshire stately home (pictured at Knebworth in 1996)

Despite working with brother Liam Gallagher on the project, Noel avoided a reunion with his sibling as he turned out to celebrate the launch of their latest collaboration.  

Former Oasis star Noel reunited with brother Liam, 48, last month to work on the documentary film, with the pair finally coming together after an ongoing feud since Oasis split up 12 years ago.

The siblings put aside their differences as they both worked on a new documentary film on the band’s iconic Knebworth shows in 1996, although Liam was not at the premiere.

Tale to tell: Noel said 30 cameras captured the Knebworth gigs but they forgot about the footage after their American tour 'imploded' because both Liam and Noel missed shows

Tale to tell: Noel said 30 cameras captured the Knebworth gigs but they forgot about the footage after their American tour ‘imploded’ because both Liam and Noel missed shows

Speaking about the project where both brothers serve as executive producers, Noel previously told The Sun: ‘There’s lots me and Liam will never agree on, and with Oasis we both have the chance to say no to anything, but doing this was a no-brainer.’  

Noel told how 30 cameras captured every moment of the shows but the band ended up forgetting about the footage after their American tour ‘imploded’ because both Liam and Noel missed shows and they later went straight into recording a new album.

He said: ‘We were going to do the film of it then and if you remember the timescale we left Knebworth, went to America and that tour imploded, it all went t**s up and when we came back, like idiots, the first thing we did was go back in the studio and made a new record.’

Big stage: Noel had a huge career with his brother Liam and Oasis in the 90s and early noughties before they went their separate ways after the siblings feuded

Big stage: Noel had a huge career with his brother Liam and Oasis in the 90s and early noughties before they went their separate ways after the siblings feuded

The documentary reflects a ‘by-gone era’ before the internet when people would not film concerts on their phones. 

Noel previously told how he believes Liam was at his peak with the band during the Knebworth shows.

He told The Sun: ‘I have to say, listening to the audio on that, we were on fire. Liam was at his absolutely f*****g peak and I’ve since realised Oasis was at its best when he was at his best.

‘And when he started to deteriorate, the band started to go downhill. In my own view, the singles were always great.’

Movie magic: Noel (far right) and Liam Gallagher (centre) put aside their differences to work on a new documentary on the band's iconic Knebworth shows in 1996 (pictured in 1996)

Movie magic: Noel (far right) and Liam Gallagher (centre) put aside their differences to work on a new documentary on the band’s iconic Knebworth shows in 1996 (pictured in 1996)


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