Noel Gallagher says he wants Damon Albarn to appear on his next album

Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh, Noel Gallagher has admitted that he wants his one-time arch-rival Damon Albarn to appear on his next album.

Gallagher, who plays a massive outdoor gig at Edinburgh Castle on 19 July, also revealed his favourite Blur song.

Albarn’s Blur and Gallagher’s Oasis were bitter rivals during the Britpop era, and in an interview in 1995 Gallagher said he hoped Damon Albarn and Alex James would “get Aids” – although he later apologised for saying it.

In recent years, the pair have become friends and Gallagher recently recorded backing vocals for the Gorillaz track We Got The Power.

Albarn reportedly nearly appeared on Gallagher’s Who Built The Moon? album, and now the former Oasis man has said that he intends to work with him again in the future.

“I don’t remember asking to be on a Gorillaz record,” he told Q magazine. “I do remember being at Paul Simonon’s one night and it being discussed.”

“[Damon] was supposed to play on Who Built The Moon? but we couldn’t make the timings work. Maybe next time.”

Gallagher also discussed his bromance with Albarn, saying: “I really love working and hanging out with that mob. Not just Damon, but all his people. It turned out we had a lot of mutual friends and they’re all cool as f**k. The Gorillaz shows at The O2 recently were two mega nights out.

“If you’d told my younger self that he’d one day be singing on a record by Damon Albarn he would have laughed and probably said, ‘If either of you are still going it’ll be a f***ing miracle – a sick joke that will fascinate speccy Guardian-reading journalists for years.’”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gallagher revealed that Beetlebum is his favourite song Albarn has written.

“When I heard it for the first time I did think, ‘Sh*t, I wish I’d written that,’” he admitted.

Noel Gallagher’s 2018 tour dates are below:

APRIL
Sunday 22 – BRIGHTON Centre
Tuesday 24 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wednesday 25- ABERDEEN AECC BHGE Arena
Friday 27 – LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
Monday 30 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
MAY
Tuesday 1 – BIRMINGHAM Arena Birmingham
Thursday 3 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Friday 4 – MANCHESTER Arena
Saturday 5 – ABERDEEN Cafe Drummonds
Sunday 6 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Monday 7 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Wednesday 9 – BELFAST SSE Arena Belfast
Thursday 10 – DUBLIN 3Arena
Sunday 27 – WARRINGTON Victoria Park
JUNE
Friday 15 – WOODSTOCK Blenheim Palace
JULY
Friday 6 – SCARBOROUGH Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Saturday 7 – LONDON Old Royal Naval College
Thursday 19 – EDINBURGH Castle

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