Richard Ashcroft says he couldn’t work with Noel Gallagher because it would ‘upset’ Liam

Verve frontman previously said that he wants to make a musical with Oasis

Richard Ashcroft has said that he couldn’t record an album with Noel Gallagher because it would cause a rift with Gallagher’s brother and former Oasis bandmate Liam.

Ashcroft previously spoke of the possibility of working with Noel Gallagher to NME, saying: “In the future who knows what might happen. I wish things like this would’ve happened years ago.” He later claimed that he wants to make a musical with Oasis.

Last year, Noel Gallagher said he’d be interested in making an album with Ashcroft.

Now, Ashcroft has denied the prospect in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, saying that although he does think it would be a “sensational record”, he has a “deep respect and love for his brother” and thinks that the collaboration would “upset” Liam Gallagher.

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Ashcroft went on to explain: “[Brotherly love] is like a mafia thing, do you think I would [get in between] those two with a Noel/Ashcroft album and think of Liam festering, listening to it on the radio. I don’t think so. I’d be really excited helping Liam… I think he should do his first solo album”.

Listen to a clip from Ashcroft’s interview below.

The Verve frontman releases his new solo album ‘These People’ today (May 20).

‘These People’ is Ashcroft’s first since 2010’s ‘United Nations Of Sound’ and was recorded largely in the musician’s basement home studio and features orchestration from Wil Malone, who worked with Richard on The Verve’s ‘Northern Soul’ and the ten million-selling ‘Urban Hymns’ as well as his 2000 debut solo album ‘Alone With Everybody’.

Ashcroft recently released album track ‘This Is How It Feels’, which Liam Gallagher praised.

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The album’s tracklisting will be:

‘Out Of My Body’
‘This Is How It Feels’
‘They Don’t Own Me’
‘Hold On’
‘These People’
‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Hurt’
‘Pictures Of You’
‘Black Lines’
‘Ain’t The Future So Bright’
‘Songs Of Experience’

Richard Ashcroft will play the following live dates:

Glasgow, O2 Academy (May 27)
Scarborough Fair Art and Music Festival (May 28)
Isle Of Wight Festival (June 11)
Pori Jazz, Finland (July 15)
Lokerse Festival, Belgium (August 10)
Calella de Palafrugell,Jardí Botànic de Cap Roig, Spain (August 12)
Trinity, Jersey Live (September 3)