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Looking back in anger at Oasis

These pictures show music legends Oasis rocking Tyneside as they performed in the region at the height of their fame.

These pictures show music legends Oasis rocking Tyneside as they performed in the region at the height of their fame.

Liam Gallagher

With the band announcing two summer shows in Newcastle, the Chronicle has revisited the stunning front-page pictures taken by our photographer Iain Buist from a previous visit.

The snaps impressed the band so much they contacted us to request special copies.

That gig was back in 1997 and it has been almost three years since hell-raising brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher last played in Newcastle.

The photos show the band clearly delighting fans on the opening night of their national tour at Newcastle Arena.

The next day, when Liam and Noel saw the Chronicle's front page, they asked their head of security to contact us and request a set of shots, saying they were the best concert pictures ever taken of them.

At the same gig, lead singer Liam also saved the day for two luckless fans who had missed out on tickets.

Teenagers Gail Baker and Hayley Nicholson, both 16, were star-struck when Liam strutted over to chat with fans milling around outside the Arena.

Noel Gallagher

The bad-boy of rock then handed them tickets and invited the girls, together with Hayley's mum Susan Nicholson and her brother Jamie, to a VIP after-show party.

Demand to see the band perform chart-busting hits such as Wonder Wall and Don't Look Back In Anger, was so big they added two gigs to their countrywide tour in Newcastle.

Liam, Noel and their band return to the Arena on July 12 and 13.

Tickets for the gigs go on sale at 9am this Saturday.

Newcastle Arena officials say Oasis fans should book their tickets, rather than turn up to the venue on the night.

Each costs £32.50 and can be booked online or over the phone.

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