Noel Gallagher on Damon Albarn collaboration rumours: ‘It’s news to me!’

However, singer-songwriter confirms a new High Flying Birds album is in the works

Noel Gallagher has denied that he has been working on new material with former Blur rival Damon Albarn.

Earlier this year, Albarn and Gallagher put two decades of Britpop animosity behind them when they performed together at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig. Albarn’s bandmate Alex James has recently claimed the pair are “like best mates now” and even said last week that they are “working together on a lot of stuff”.

Responding to these comments during an appearance on talkSPORT Radio on Thursday (August 15), Gallagher said: “I read that Alex James said that – [but] it’s news to me!”


However, Gallagher confirmed that he has started work on a new Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album. “I’ve got tons of songs left over from the last one. I’m writing, putting stuff together. Yeah, I’ll definitely make another one, that’s for sure,” he said. “I don’t wanna go back out on the road, though – that’s the thing.”

Discussing his reluctance to hit the road again, Gallagher explained that his last tour lasted for 15 months and added: “I only stopped touring last year. I wouldn’t wanna go and see me once every two years – I’ve got no stage presence, there’s nothing going on.” However, he then conceded “I got into it though… yeah, I’ll have to go on the road again.”

During the interview, Gallagher also ruled out the possibility of reforming Oasis to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ next year (2014), saying: “No, it definitely won’t happen.”

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