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Oasis promise £3million of IOUs after gig

Noel: "keep my kids in sweets"
Noel: "keep my kids in sweets"

Oasis' first of three homecoming gigs at Manchester's Heaton Park went off with a bang… followed by a fizzle, and a whole lot of silence. 'Technical problems' plagued the set, which Noel Gallagher apologised for by offering fans a full refund.

"Everyone who's kept their tickets will get a full refund," offered Gallagher to a booing crowd. "This is a free gig from now on."

To put this gesture of generosity into perspective, that's 70,000 fans at £45 per ticket. That's at least £3m. A fact which evidently dawned on Gallagher a few moments later: "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."

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).