Be Here Now Tour
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|Tour by Oasis|
|Associated album||Be Here Now|
|Start date||14 June 1997|
|End date||25 March 1998|
|No. of shows||43 in Europe|
24 in North America
7 in Oceania
4 in South America
4 in Asia
|Oasis concert chronology|
The Be Here Now World Tour was a world concert tour by English rock band Oasis in support of their third album Be Here Now. The tour, which spanned the UK, Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, included 85 shows over a period of several months in 1997 and 1998. The tour started on 14 June 1997 in support of U2 at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California, United States, and ended on 25 March 1998 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. With most shows being played during the autumn and winter months, a majority of the concerts were staged at indoor arenas and halls, in contrast to the larger outdoor venues typically featured on Oasis' summer tours.
Many performances were audio recorded by either broadcast media or concert attendees and have since been made available on various file-sharing outlets and fan web sites. A handful of performances were also carried by various television outlets throughout the world, including the 14 December concert at the G-Mex in Manchester, England.
Fueled partly by worldwide stardom and drug use, the tour and corresponding album became "infamous" for the amount of excess and spectacle they provided. Accordingly, they marked the end of the cocaine era for Noel Gallagher. He would later say about the craziness and wild year on tour: "I kid you not, there was a sound guy who quit because there was too much 'food'...and I thought 'sure it's not the fucking coke you've been taking'".
As the tour came to an end, the album's reception had changed from rave and outstandingly positive to less-than satisfied and below average reviews with many critics restating that it was weak in comparison to the group's first two records. They did, however, manage to maintain a large cult following in many countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Russia, Italy, Spain, South Korea and Japan where their public persona would strengthen even more over the subsequent decade.
Oasis had a unique album-themed stage set up for the tour, featuring props and set pieces for the first time in their career. At various points on the tour, stage items included a Rolls Royce rigged with stage lights, an oversized telephone box, and other items from the Be Here Now album cover.
At the start of many performances, a man outfitted with a tailor suit and top hat would appear onstage to excite the crowd, beckoning them to scream and clap, while the opening piano loop for the song "Be Here Now" began playing over the concert PA. The band then entered onto the stage through a large door in the prop telephone box, which doubled as an entryway to backstage. As the tour progressed, different shows featured varying types and numbers of set pieces, though the "Be Here Now" introduction remained a constant through the duration of performances.
The band's typical set list was:
- "Be Here Now"
- "Stay Young"
- "Stand by Me"
- "Some Might Say"
- "Roll with It"
- "D'You Know What I Mean?"
- "Don't Look Back in Anger"
- "Don't Go Away
- "Live Forever"
- "It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)"
- "All Around The World"
- "Fade In-Out"
- "Champagne Supernova"
- "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
The band would occasionally feature "Whatever" and "My Big Mouth". They would also sometimes break while Noel performed a selection of songs acoustically, like "Help!" in Nippon Budokan; "Talk Tonight"; and a song that he collaborated on with The Chemical Brothers called "Setting Sun". This would normally lead straight into an acoustic version of "Fade In-Out". The band also performed "Magic Pie", this coming to an end before the G-Mex shows. The band once performed "The Girl in the Dirty Shirt" with Noel on vocals in Dublin.
For the U2 support slots, Oasis played between 7 and 12 songs, generally from the same setlist as the main tour, but Noel acoustically performed "Cast No Shadow".
|14 June 1997||Irvine||United States||Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre|
|18 June 1997||Oakland||Oakland Coliseum|
|19 June 1997|
|8 September 1997||Oslo||Norway||Spektrum|
|9 September 1997||Stockholm||Sweden||Ericsson Globe|
|10 September 1997||Copenhagen||Denmark||Forum Copenhagen|
|13 September 1997||Exeter||England||Westpoint Arena|
|14 September 1997|
|16 September 1997||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena|
|17 September 1997|
|19 September 1997||Aberdeen||Scotland||Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|20 September 1997|
|22 September 1997||Sheffield||England||Hallam FM Arena|
|23 September 1997|
|25 September 1997||London||Earls Court Exhibition Centre|
|26 September 1997|
|27 September 1997|
|29 September 1997||Birmingham||National Indoor Arena|
|30 September 1997|
|7 October 1997||New York City||United States||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|8 October 1997|
|3 November 1997||Lille||France||Zénith de Lille|
|8 November 1997||Zaragoza||Spain||Pabellon Principe Felipe|
|10 November 1997||Madrid||Palacio de Deportes de La Comunidad|
|11 November 1997||Barcelona||Palau dels Esports|
|13 November 1997||Geneva||Switzerland||SEG Geneva Arena|
|15 November 1997||Scandicci||Italy||Palasport|
|16 November 1997||Assago||Forum di Assago|
|17 November 1997|
|19 November 1997||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|21 November 1997||Prague||Czech Republic||Sportovní hala|
|22 November 1997||Berlin||Germany||Deutschlandhalle|
|24 November 1997||Hanover||Messehalle|
|25 November 1997||Frankfurt||Festhalle|
|27 November 1997||Hertogenbosch||Netherlands||Brabanthallen|
|28 November 1997||Oberhausen||Germany||König Pilsener Arena|
|3 December 1997||Dublin||Ireland||The Point Depot|
|4 December 1997|
|5 December 1997|
|7 December 1997||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|8 December 1997|
|10 December 1997||Cardiff||Wales||Cardiff International Arena|
|11 December 1997|
|13 December 1997||Manchester||England||GMEX Arena|
|14 December 1997|
|16 December 1997||London||The Water Rats|
|17 December 1997||Wembley Arena|
|18 December 1997|
|8 January 1998||Camden||United States||Sony E-Center|
|9 January 1998||Fairfax||Patriot Center|
|10 January 1998||Pittsburgh||A.J. Palumbo Center|
|12 January 1998||East Rutherford||Continental Airlines Arena|
|15 January 1998||Toronto||Canada||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|17 January 1998||Rosemont||United States||Rosemont Horizon|
|18 January 1998||Minneapolis||Northrop Auditorium|
|23 January 1998||Vancouver||Canada||General Motors Place|
|24 January 1998||Seattle||United States||Seattle Center Arena|
|26 January 1998||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|27 January 1998||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre|
|28 January 1998|
|31 January 1998||Dallas||Bronco Bowl Auditorium|
|1 February 1998||Houston||Theatre at Bayou Place|
|5 February 1998||West Palm Beach||West Palm Beach Auditorium|
|6 February 1998||Orlando||UCF Arena|
|8 February 1998||Atlanta||Fox Theatre|
|18 February 1998||Tokyo||Japan||Nippon Budokan|
|19 February 1998|
|20 February 1998|
|22 February 1998||Hong Kong||China||HKCEC Hall 3|
|26 February 1998||Perth||Australia||Perth Entertainment Centre|
|28 February 1998||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre|
|1 March 1998||Melbourne||Melbourne Entertainment Centre|
|3 March 1998||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|6 March 1998||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|9 March 1998||Auckland||New Zealand||Carter Holt Pavilion|
|10 March 1998||Wellington||Queens Wharf Events Centre|
|14 March 1998||Santiago||Chile||San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium|
|17 March 1998||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Luna Park Stadium|
|20 March 1998||Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Metropolitan|
|21 March 1998||São Paulo||Polo de Arte e Cultura de Anhembi|
|24 March 1998||Mexico City||Mexico||Palacio de los Deportes|
|25 March 1998|