March 7, 2013 9:23

Noel Gallagher criticises Muse drummer for smoking an electronic cigarette

Former Oasis star unimpressed by his time at Brit Awards

Noel Gallagher criticises Muse drummer for smoking an electronic cigarette

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Noel Gallagher has said that his experience of the Brit Awards was summed up by seeing a member of Muse smoking an electronic cigarette.

Gallagher was at the ceremony alongside Damon Albarn of Blur to award War Child with a special recognition award for their work in music and charity. However, he left unimpressed by the ceremony, which was also criticised by Kasabian this week. Speaking to Time Out Dubai about what he hated so much about the awards, Gallagher stated that everyone he saw was a "careerist" and that everybody is too nice.

"There are no characters left in the music business. When we first started going there was a healthy percentage of people, and we were all dirt-kickers from council estates, and we all couldn’t believe our luck that we were at the Brits. You go in now and everybody is a careerist. It’s very corporate, and you know what I’ve actually seen people doing at the Brits? Eating. I saw the drummer from Muse smoking an electronic cigarette. A cigarette with a battery in. I had to say to him: ‘Really? Really? Is that where you are at? Do me a favour mate, either have a proper one outside, or don’t have one.’ It lit up green when he had a drag of it. Nonsense. He said that immortal line – ‘Oh you know how it is mate’. And I said ‘I’m sorry mate, I actually don’t.’

Gallagher continued his outspoken views on the ceremony, calling the night "instantly forgettable" and rallying against young people who wear hats. "It was an instantly forgettable night," said Gallagher. "There was nothing going on at the Brits, there was nothing going on at the aftershow parties. There seemed to be a lot of young people in hats, with iPhones. They’re either all involved in some massive video game that they’re all hooked up to, or they’re just texting each other saying ‘Where are you, what are you doing?’ And they’ve all got hats. Where did the hat come from? We’re going back to some Dickensian nightmare. I don’t understand it. People with hats and Blackberrys under the age of 30 should be shot. Or stoned to death."

Elsewhere in the interview, Noel stated that Oasis will officially not be getting back together in 2015, the date rumoured for their potential reunion as it marks 20 years since the release of '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'. "Look, it’s not going to happen in 2015 because the boys in the other band (Beady Eye) are all flat out busy, they’re making a record at the minute so they’re going to be on the road until 2015 you’d imagine. And I probably will have been coerced into doing something by then. I wish people would give it up – it’s not going to happen, for no other reason than we’ve moved on."

Earlier this week, Noel Gallagher stated that David Bowie's triumphant return to the music industry had convinced him that bands reforming to play old songs was a bad idea.

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