In the six years since the Brothers Gallagher last swaggered into the city, much has changed. Reportedly, Liam has calmed down and Noel is now the one being beaten up.
And, after what seems like an age, Oasis’ latest offering Dig Out Your Soul has finally united fans and critics in the belief that the boys from Burnage are back to their best.
Despite Noel being attacked by a fan on stage in Toronto last month, it was clear from the start that they meant business.From the moment Liam walked on stage, still full of snarl and swagger, he positively spat out the lyrics to Rock n’ Roll Star, which brought back hazy memories of their seminal 1996 gig at Knebworth.
They sold out the current tour, which includes a second NIA gig on Tuesday, in minutes and shifted more than 100,000 copies of the new album on the first day - a feat young pretenders to their throne can only dream of.
They may be older, and some might say wiser, but Oasis are always at their best when playing live.
And their latest addition, drummer Chris Sharrock, did not let the boys down as he performed like a cross between Keith Moon and Animal of The Muppets.
With a back catalogue of seven studio albums, they never failed give the crowd what they wanted in their blistering two-hour set, with new tracks The Shock of The Lightning and Falling Down going down as well as Cigarettes and Alcohol, and (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory.
These are the songs that are familiar to millions, like alternative national anthems, except everyone knows the words - as was demonstrated to deafening effect last night.
Quieter moments included The Masterplan and Slide Away, which can make even the most masculine of eyes well up with nostalgia.
But more was to come as they rattled through Wonderwall, Supersonic and Don’t Look Back In Anger, which almost rendered Noel redundant as the more than 13,000 fans belted it back to them.
After an emotional encore of Champagne Supernova and I Am The Walrus, the crowd dispersed, hoarse and happy, with but one thought: It’s good to have Oasis back, because they have been away too long.