Noel Gallagher criticises bands for scrapping charity gigs
Noel Gallagher has accused several top-name bands of "wriggling out" of his charity concerts in London.
The former Oasis star has curated a series of seven consecutive shows at the Royal Albert Hall for The Teenage Cancer Trust as a favour to The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, who usually organises the annual fundraiser.
Gallagher approached dozens of young musicians to take part in the concerts later this month but accuses several of them of changing their minds about performing after initially accepting his offer.
He tells ShortList magazine, "I'd talk to Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons thinking, 'I'll just do the f**king seven nights myself, what the f**k am I asking these people for?' and I got turned down a lot.
"Everybody says yes to your face. Everybody. And then the agent will call, and their management will call and then their PR will call and say, 'Ah, they're going to be in Australia at the time.' Really? Well, they never said that to me.
"What's interesting is all the working class bands said yes straight off the bat, no f**king inkling of when it was. The middle class bands said yes and wriggled out of it... if the people that blew me off but said they'll do it next year actually do it, it might be the greatest event since Woodstock."
The Teenage Cancer Trust concert series will take place between 19 and 25 March.
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