Oasis star Noel Gallagher has laid into Bono, telling him to “shut the fuck up about Africa”.
Speaking about bands who focus on political issues rather than playing their back catalogues, Gallagher singled about U2’s focus on charities.
He said: “Play ’One’, shut the fuck up about Africa.”
“Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, ‘We’re all doomed,’ at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play ’Creep’. Get over it.”
Oasis are set to pick up the Outstanding Achievement at the 2007 BRIT Awards ceremony later this month (February 14).
Speaking about their continuing relevance in light of the award, Gallagher told the Telegraph: “We had two number ones last year (in 2005), we’re punching our weight with young kids, we still look good.”
For more on Oasis see next week’s special souvenir issue of NME, which will be on UK newsstands nationwide from February 14.
Not only will it feature a brand new exclusive interview with Noel Gallagher, the issue boasts three classic covers handpicked by the guitarist and a comprehensive look at Oasis’ career so far.