Monday, April 14, 2008
Noel: 'I'm A Twat.'
Sometimes I just don't business. When the Beeb got in touch with me this morn to see what I thought of Noel Gallagher's 'Jay-Z shouldn't do Glasto' comments, I had to let rip... This is the dude that slagged of hip hop in the OMM back in 2005, and then, when I saw him at the airport a few days later happily mugged with Lethal B whilst holding a picture of RWD. Dirkle-dude! You can say it in print but not to someone's face!!
Here's an extract from the Beeb's story, with input from moi!
Oasis headlined the main stage at Glastonbury in 1995 and 2004
Noel Gallagher has criticised the decision to have a hip-hop act headlining the Glastonbury Festival.
The Oasis guitarist said having rapper Jay-Z at the festival was the reason tickets had not sold out this year.
He said it was "wrong" to have a hip-hop headliner and added that organisers had changed things too much.
But Hattie Collins, editor of urban music magazine RWD, called Gallagher's comments "ill-informed rubbish" and said Jay-Z was a "great crowd puller".
There were 100,000 tickets sold for Glastonbury on the first day, but in past years all tickets had sold out in a matter of hours.
Gallagher said: "If it ain't broke don't fix it.
"If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.
"Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?'
"I don't know about it. But I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."
Oasis headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1995 and 2004, with the event selling out on both occasions.
Kanya King, who established the Mobo Awards, said Gallagher was wrong to criticise the festival's choice of headliner.
"Given that Glastonbury is trying to reach a younger audience and diversify then I think it's important that they embrace hip-hop," she said.
"It seems only fitting that you should have a global superstar act like Jay-Z on the show.
"Glastonbury doesn't have that many hip-hop acts on the main stage, so maybe music lovers will get to see him and their opinions will change."
Ms Collins said she believed the Oasis songwriter had "probably never seen Jay-Z live or heard any of his tunes".
"Hip-hop in a live setting can be fantastic and has just as much right to be there as any other run-of-the-mill indie band," she added.
Read the rest: HERE