Noel Gallagher And Damon End Feud, Unite For Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit
Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn put to rest a feud between their respective bands, Oasis and Blur, in a joint performance of “Tender” for the Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit at the Royal Albert Hall.
In the 1990s, Oasis and Blur engaged in a bitter feud while both bands were at the top of the Britpop scene. Memorably in 1995, the two competing bands released singles at the same time – Blur with “Country House” and Oasis with “Roll With It.” Blur’s single ended up besting Oasis’ by 58,000 copies sold.
Gallagher infamously said during the heat of the rivalry that he hoped Albarn would “catch AIDS and die.” He took back the statement in 2006, saying he should have wished a lesser illness upon the Blur frontman. Now, while organizing this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit, Gallagher extended a more earnest olive branch in inviting Blur to perform their song “Tender” with him on stage.
Liam Gallagher, another former Oasis bandmate, was neither amused nor warmed by the site of Noel Gallagher on stage with Albarn. He compared the dissolution of the feud by his onetime bandmate with “sipping champagne with a war criminal.“