Friday, March 09, 2007
Damon Albarn has slammed Oasis for appearing at the BRIT Awards. The former Blur singer - who has been feuding with brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher since the Blur versus Oasis Britpop chart battle of the mid-90s - says it was "unnecessary" for Oasis to accept the Outstanding Contribution To Music award and perform at last month's ceremony. Damon told Britain's NME magazine: "The BRITs is like the shopping channel for famous people. I don't really understand why Noel and Liam did the awards, it didn't seem necessary. Their contribution is obvious. They're certainly better than Sting, so why put yourself in a position when you're putting yourself into a linage following him? I don't understand it."
Noel - who said he hoped Damon would "catch AIDS and die" at the height of their feud - recently said he liked Damon's new band The Good, The Bad and The Queen. However, Damon insists he will never be friends with the Oasis guitarist. He said: "I can't make it up with Noel. Britpop would be over and heaven forbid that we'd ever admit we'd all grown up! Britpop still reigns supreme over Britain as a musical force and will do until Blur and Oasis split
Oasis star Noel Gallagher is going to be a father again. The guitarist and his long-term girlfriend Sara McDonald, who have been dating for seven years, have announced they are expecting their first child together. The excited couple waited until after Sara had her three month scan to tell family and friends the joyous news. A close friend of the couple said: "Noel and Sara are really happy. Neither of them want to get married but both felt it was the right time to start afamily." The baby will be Sara's first child. Noel already has a seven-year-old daughter, Anais, with ex-wife Meg Matthews. Meanwhile, Noel's brother Liam is reportedly set to open a beauty salon.
The millionaire Oasis frontman is said to have purchased premises in North London and plans to get started on the project straight away. Liam has told fiancÉe Nicole Appleton - who he has a son Gene, with - she can run the salon with her sister Natalie. News of the proposed salon comes a day after their recently reunited band All Saints was dropped by record company Parlophone. A source said: "Liam is devoted to Nicole. He just wants her to be happy and this should do the trick."