Noel Gallagher continues to tease fans regarding his working relationship with Damon Albarn. A series of will-he-or-won’t-he interviews had him denying Blur bassist Alex James’ claims that the pair have been working together on musical projects. In an August interview, Gallagher addressed the rumor of an alleged collaboration, declaring ‘it’s news to me!’ However, at the time Gallagher did not discount the notion of working with Albarn in the future.
Now, Gallagher suggests that he would be open to collaborating with Albarn. The Sun reports that his new friendship with Albarn could very well move in a musical direction. ‘I like Damon and would be interested in working in something,’ Gallagher told the Sun. Hopefully, the two musicians will be able to fit another project into their busy schedules.
In the same interview, Gallagher negated the rumors that Oasis could reform in 2014 to headline the Glastonbury Festival. There had been some speculation as to whether the estranged Gallagher brothers would reunite to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their debut, Definitely Maybe. Fraternal frontman Liam Gallagher told the NME in June that he felt Oasis had ‘unfinished business’ and that they might ‘bury the hatchet for a quick lap of honour’ to celebrate the milestone. Noel Gallagher’s latest interview with the Sun reiterated his staunch denial of such an occasion. His response to the question of their potential reformation and Glastonbury slot has continued to be a terse and emphatic ‘no.’
Noel Gallagher was recently honored with the prestigious Icon prize at the GQ Men of the Year Awards on September 4. Other winners included the Arctic Monkeys who were named Band of the Year. The night was not without a bit of political controversy. Gallagher criticized Foreign Secretary William Hague for attending the awards ceremony during his acceptance speech. ‘Welcome to the Tory party conference, by the way. Nice to see the Foreign Secretary here with all the shit going on in the world that he should be sorting out. Good for you,’ he said during his speech. Watch his entire speech below.