8. Oasis at Knebworth
When you’re putting together a festival circuit, you’re going to need to have more than a few bands on the bill. Since you have such a long stretch of land to fill up with fans, what ends up going on on that stage has to be big enough to rope in every stripe of music fan that you can imagine. Once you’ve reached the big leagues though, sometimes you can rake the crowds in all on your own.
Being just a few years removed from their debut album Definitely Maybe, Oasis were now known as one of the biggest acts that Britain had ever seen, drawing in as much press about the Gallagher brothers’ antics as they were from each classic song that came out. The domestic boxing gloves had to get put down for these shows though, where every song was a classic from start to finish.
Aside from the songs that have become customary like Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back In Anger, the B-sides are the real highlight here, like Noel taking the reins on the Masterplan and ending with Stone Roses guitarist John Squire joining them onstage for Champagne Supernova. Little did we know that this was starting to become a kiss goodbye to Oasis’ glory years, until the chaos of the Be Here Now recording process and album cycle brought them into a decline for the rest of the decade. On these 2 nights though, you weren’t going to find better rock and roll anywhere else.