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Oasis/The Verve: London, Earl's Court

Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, November 1997

AS PAUL Du Noyer wrote recently, somewhere along the road to epoch-making Oasis "took it as their job to cheer the country up". To which end, on the middle night of three at Earl's Court they dropped the drapes – 8.45: on time! – and positively frolicked into Be Here Now. "Wash your face in the morning sun," snarled Liam Gallagher. Burnage bozo and bucolic sprite improbably merged. Twenty thousand souls wore one big grin. Some even gambolled.

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