Oasis had to leave the stage twice last night during their set at the first of their massive homecoming gigs at Heaton Park in Manchester.
A faulty generator led to their opening number Rock 'n' Roll Star being cut short, then the same thing happened again ten minutes later as they tried to re-start with Lyla.
The crowd, some of whom started booing were updated via messages on the giant screens as technical staff scrambled to fix the problems. After another 30 minutes the band returned to the stage and Noel announced “Everyone who’s kept their tickets will get a full refund. This is a free gig from now on.”
Though the prospect of 70,000 refunds might have hit home later in the 24 song set, he announced "We're not sure how its gonna work with getting the money back,” he said. "We're not getting paid for this so buy a t-shirt on the way out. Credit crunch and that, keep my kids in sweets."
Estimates put the potential cost of refunding the entire crowd at 3 million pounds. The band are due to play two more dates in the park, one this evening and one tomorrow.
We'll let you know any further developments ...
[Update: Liam's apologised for the gig on his twitter]
"On behalf of Oasis, I'de like to give my sincere apologies to the fans, about tonights gig, thanks for sticking with us, live forever... LG"
12:28 PM | 05/06/2009
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