Ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has asked long-time rivals and former Blur members Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon to perform at a charity gig to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Gallagher, who famously feuded with the band during the 90s, asked Blur to play the concert, but was told that the group had put the band to one side. Instead, frontman Damon Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon agreed to play at the gigs next March.
“I was on tour with Graham,” Gallagher said, “and asked him if Blur would do it but he said they’d kind of put Blur to bed."
“They decided that just the two of them could do it. It’s going to be great. And 10 years ago, who would have thought it,” he said.
The singer now performs with his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, after Oasis broke up in 2009.
Gallagher said he was "happy to help" with the Cancer Trust gigs, which take place in London’s Royal Albert Hall next March. But he said organising them "brought out a side of me I don't really like, which is asking people for favours ... I've never asked anybody for a favour in my life."
He said: "Teenage Cancer Trust do a brilliant job and I've always been more than pleased to lend my support over the years."
The annual event has raised more than £15 million for Teenage Cancer Trust since it started in 2000.
Primal Scream, Kasabian, Ryan Adams, Rizzle Kicks Labrinth and Beth Orton of The Gossip will also pplay at the gigs, and comedians Russell Brand and Noel Fielding will perform too.