Noel Gallagher has described his performance with Damon Albarn as like “John Lennon playing with Eric Clapton”.
The pair performed ‘Tender’ together at the Teenage Cancer Trust gig run over the weekend at London’s Royal Albert Hall with Graham Coxon and Paul Weller. You can watch the performance below. Speaking about the collaboration in this week’s issue of NME, Gallagher said: “I think it’s great for music fans. It’s like when you hear about John Lennon playing with Eric Clapton or…well I don’t know what the equivalent is. It won’t change anybody’s life but people could say they were there.”
Before the performance, the ex-Oasis man had joked that he wanted to play ‘Tender’ with Albarn because it was “easy” to play on guitar. He added: “I suggested that we do ‘Tender’ for various reasons. It’s a fucking great song. It’s a piece of piss to play on guitar. It’s got four chords in it. And more importantly the crowd loves it.”
Gallagher, who curated the week long shows in Roger Daltrey’s absence, also confirmed that The Who frontman will back to pick up the baton next year. To read more about the collaboration, Gallagher’s thoughts on Oasis and his hopes for a knighthood, pick up a copy of this week’s NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.