Noel Gallagher: I Want To Play Tender With Blur
Damon and Graham are playing the same night as their former nemesis for the Teenage Cancer Trust... and a collaboration could be on the cards.... Tweet
Noel Gallagher is curating next year's Teenage Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall and has told Xfm we might see him on stage with former Britpop rivals Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon from Blur.
It's the first time anyone other than Roger Daltrey has looked after the line-up for the annual charity event - for which Xfm is once again the exclusive radio partner.
Kasabian, Primal Scream and Ryan Adams have all been chosen by the former Oasis man for the series of shows next March but most notably - Noel himself is playing March 23 with Damon and Graham on the bill for the same night.
Speaking to Xfm's Dan O'Connell Noel explained that he was after Blur from the offset.
"They were one of the first people that I asked - if Blur could do it - because Damon had always said that he'd like to do it, they've tried to get Gorillaz once or twice but could never quite make it work. It was a shame Blur couldn't do it.
He continued, "I dunno how they're gonna do it... I think Damon plays piano and Graham plays guitar and they'll do a load of Blur songs and everyone has a great night.
"I wouldn't be adverse to getting up with them and playing Tender though - that being one of my favourite Blur songs."
You wouldn't have imagined it possible 15 years ago - something Noel acknowledged.
"What would I have said in '97? There would have been swear words involved. Definitely," he told Dan.
"We're all older now. I've been on tour with Graham recently and I've met Damon recently... we're all old dudes from the past."
Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall takes place March 19 - 24.
The full list of gigs:
Tuesday 19 - Ryan Adams plus special guest Beth Orton
Wednesday 20 - An evening of comedy with Russell Brand, Noel Fielding and very special guests
Thursday 21 - Primal Scream
Friday 22 - Kasabian
Saturday 23 - Noel Gallagher and special guests including Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon
Sunday 24 - Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth
Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday (December 7) and will be available from The Xfm Ticket Shop.
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