Former foes Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn teamed up to form a one-off supergroup with Chrissie Hynde and The Clash‘s Paul Simonon to celebrate the latter’s 60th birthday.
Clash bassist Simonon turns 60 on Tuesday (December 15) but marked the milestone with a gig on Sunday. Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey, Albarn collaborator Jeff Wootton, rapper Kano and others were also among the guests.
Gallagher joined Albarn, Simonon and co for covers of Gorillaz track ‘Dare’, plus The Clash’s ‘I Fought The Law’, ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and ‘Janie Jones’. See footage below.
In April 2014, Albarn told NME that the 90s Britpop feud between himself and Gallagher had died down, saying: “I still see Noel from time to time. We text a bit… I can imagine [a collaboration] being a very distinct possibility at some point in the future. But, as yet we haven’t really talked about it,” adding, “OK we have a little bit. We’re talking. It’s not anything to get excited about yet… but the principle of us making music together is something… you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once.”
Gallagher also recently said that he liked Blur‘s new album, ‘The Magic Whip’. “I like the tracks ‘Lonesome Street’ and ‘Ong Ong’,” he said. “I haven’t heard any of the rest of it, but if those two tracks are anything to go by, sounds like it’s going to be good.”