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Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Magical Oasis Tour is Waiting to Take You Away...
Oasis have been honoured with a music tour exploring the history of the Manchester band formed by Noel and Liam Gallagher.
For £10-a-head, fans can be guided around landmarks in the life of Burnage's most famous sons.
Sights on the two-and-a-half-hour tour include where the brothers went to school, where they first rehearsed together as a band and the record shop where they bought singles from.
The bus tour was the idea of Inspiral Carpets drummer Craig Gill who already runs a series of Manchester Music bus and walking tours alongside music expert Phill Gatenby revealing famous locations in the history of bands including Joy Division and The Smiths.
Mr Gill already knows Noel from the days he was just a budding musician who ended up becoming a roadie for the Inspirals after failing to win a place as the band's singer.
The band, originally called The Rain, even re-named themselves Oasis after seeing the name on a poster of Inspiral Carpets' tour venues.
Mr Gill said: "I first met Noel when he came up to me in the Hacienda and told me he was a fan of the Inspirals and gave me a cassette of him playing acoustic guitar. He was still working for the gas board back then.
"When our singer left in 1988, we asked him to come for an audition but we were after something really specific, so to break it gently to him we asked him to come and be our roadie, but he became more or less the sixth member of the band. But then he joined up with his brother and formed Oasis."
The tour will launch on June 6 ahead of the band's huge Heaton Park gigs, but is available for private bookings before then.
The tour includes perhaps the most famous fan landmark - Sifters Record Shop in Didsbury - where the lads used to buy singles, and credited in Oasis's 1994 song Shakermaker with: "Mister Sifter sold me songs, When I was just 16."
via L4e / telegraph.co.uk
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