Noel Gallagher, the Oasis songwriter, has mocked Sir Bob Geldof's bid to grab world leaders' attention through next month's star-studded Live8 concerts.
Gallagher, interviewed in today's Observer Music Monthly magazine, will not perform at the event, aimed at raising awareness about poverty in Africa and timed to coincide with the G8 summit at Gleneagles.
He said: 'Are they hoping one of these guys from the G8 ... sees Annie Lennox singing 'Sweet Dreams' and thinks, "Fuck me, she might have a point there, you know." It's not going to fucking happen, is it? Keane doing "Somewhere Only We Know" and some Japanese businessman going: "Aw, look at him ... we should really fuckin' drop that debt, you know." It's not going to happen, is it?'
Gallagher, interviewed by the comedian David Walliams for OMM, was asked if Oasis had been invited to take part in Live8. He replied: 'We can't do it. We've got a gig in Manchester that night.'
Gallagher was also absent from Geldof's Band Aid 20 single. 'We were in LA recording the new album. But there were lots of people in there we have a problem with.' He elaborated: 'The Darkness. Keane. I like Bono. He's a friend of mine. I like Chris Martin [Coldplay]. He's a friend of mine. Probably everyone else... I could pick an argument with them.'
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