Noel Gallagher: ‘Play with Blur? I’d love to’

Noel to play with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon at Teenage Cancer Trust concert

Noel Gallagher has revealed that he hopes to perform with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon when the Blur pair support him at a Teenage Cancer Trust concert next year.

As curator of the 2013 series of gigs, Gallagher will headline London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 23 next year with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon supporting on the night. Speaking at a press conference in London this morning (December 5), Noel revealed he intends to perform live with his former nemesis, saying: “They’ll be playing Blur songs, I would think. I’ll be playing mine. Will we share the stage together? I hope so. I’m up for it. It’s always good to have a little jam.”

He continued: “I’d initially wanted Blur to do it, because they’ve never done it. I was on tour with Graham, and asked him, and he said Blur had kind of been put to bed, it went back and forth, and they said they’d do it. And yeah: 10 years ago, who’d have thought it?”


Asked if he ever played any Blur songs, he said: “I do play ‘Tender’ sometimes at home to myself, when Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Minute Meals is on. He’s got some good stuff going on on there!”

As previously reported, Kasabian and Russell Brand are also part of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs line up. Kasabian will perform a headline show at the London Royal Albert Hall on March 22, while Russell Brand will team up with Noel Fielding and special guests for a night of comedy on March 20.

In a statement issued to NME about the Teenage Cancer Trust gig, Kasabian said: “The work that Teenage Cancer Trust carry out is vital and invaluable. We are honoured to have been invited back for the third time to perform and support such a worthy cause.”

Ryan Adams, Rizzle Kicks and Primal Scream will all perform too. Full details of all the dates can be found below.

Ryan Adams, Beth Orton – March 19
Russell Brand, Noel Fielding – 20
Primal Scream – 21
Kasabian – 22
Noel Gallagher/ Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon – 23
Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth – 24

All shows will take place at The Royal Albert Hall and tickets will be priced from £25.00 (plus booking fee), will be available from 9.30am on Friday 7 December 2013.

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