Oasis' O2 fortune

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Oasis star Noel Gallagher

Oasis are set to earn a staggering £15 million for a series of UK shows.

The British rockers are in talks with AEG - owners of London's O2 arena - about playing 10 dates this year in support of their hotly-anticipated new studio album.

A source said: "The dates will be a really special event - and the first major rock residency at The O2. There have been lots of acts there, like the Spice Girls and Prince. Led Zeppelin played one date. But no band has yet set up camp there for a whole run.

"They are lining up 10 dates some time in the autumn before taking on the rest of the world. Each London show will net them a cool £1.5 million."

The band - singer Liam Gallagher, guitarist Noel Gallagher, bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer - are already confirmed to play the Virgin Festival Toronto, in Canada, this September.

They also have a series of US dates planned.

David Campbell, the European chief executive of AEG, recently revealed Oasis, Coldplay and U2 would be his "dream bookings" for 2008.

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