The former Britpop rivals took to the stage for a special performance for the Teenage Cancer Trust
They had one of the biggest rivalries in music history during the Britpop years of the ’90s, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn finally buried the hatchet this weekend to unite on stage for a charity gig.
Former Oasis guitarist Noel took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall alongside Blur frontman Damon and guitarist Graham Coxon for a special one-off performance to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The historic show saw Noel join the Blur stars for a rendition of their 1999 hit Tender with Paul Weller completing the rock super-group line-up by playing on drums.
The gig is part of a week-long programme of shows curated by rocker Noel and sponsored by The Body Shop in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helps teenagers and young adults with cancer by providing specialist units for them in NHS hospitals.
The special collaboration took place during a set by the two Blur band members at the charity gig, before Noel returned to the stage to perform with his band High Flying Birds.
At the height of their success, Oasis and Blur had a famous rivalry that culminated in a chart battle for number one in 1995. Blur won the ‘Battle of Britpop’ with their single Country House famously clinching the top spot, with Oasis’ Roll With It coming in at number two.
In the same year, Noel caused controversy when he said that he hoped Damon and Blur bassist Alex James would ‘catch Aids and die’. But the two musicians have recently made peace. Before this weekend’s TCT gig, they were pictured partying together at EMI’s post-Brit Awards bash.