Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performance ends Britpop feud
Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn brought an end to their 20-year Britpop feud when the former Oasis guitarist joined the Blur singer for a performance at a Teenage Cancer Trust show
Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn performed together for the first time at a Teenage Cancer Trust concert on Saturday night (23.03.13)
The former Oasis guitarist joined the Blur singer, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a rendition of 'Tender', signalling that their near 20-year Britpop feud is over.
After playing with author-and-poet Michael Horowitz, Damon gestured to the side of the stage and said "Noel? Noel?" and he then walked out to rapturous applause.
At one point a grinning Damon danced behind his one-time rival and the two legends shared a mic to sing together.
The two bands famously had a chart battle in August 1995 when Blur released 'Country House' and Oasis brought out 'Roll With It' in the same week - which Blur won - and Noel later stated he wished Damon and bassist Alex James would "catch AIDS and die", while Damon said in recent years "I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid we'd ever admit we'd all grown up".
But the pair patched up their differences over a drink after a chance meeting a couple of years ago and even shared a table at this year's BRIT Awards.
Noel later took to the stage with his band The High Flying Birds and performed tracks from his solo album and a number of Oasis classics, including 'Wonderwall', 'Everybody's On The Run', 'If I Had A Gun...', an acoustic version of 'Supersonic' and 'The Death of You and Me'.
Highlights for ardent Oasis fans were a live debut of B-side 'Shout It Out Loud' - which featured on their 2002 single 'Stop Crying You're Heart Out' - and renditions of other B-sides 'Fade Away' and 'Half The World Away'.
Noel - who was watched by his former Oasis bandmate Gem Archer in the audience - closed his set with 'Don't Look Back In Anger' which prompted a mass singalong at the Royal Albert Hall.
Introducing the track, the musician - who curated this year's charity gigs, at the request of Roger Daltrey - said: "Thank you for coming, thanks for all your support. Hopefully you've had a great night, we'll see you next year."