Damon Albarn: ‘Noel Gallagher Is One Of The Few Who Understands Me’

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August 10, 2018 | 7:29am EST

Damon Albarn insists his old Britpop rival Noel Gallagher is one of the few people who understands his hell-raising past.
The pair often exchanged insults in the press at the height of their fame in the 1990s – when their bands Blur and Oasis had an intense battle at the top of the U.K. charts.
However, they buried the hatchet after embracing at the Brit Awards six years ago and Noel even appeared with Damon on Gorillaz’ 2017 album Humanz. Speaking to The Sun, the Blur frontman said he and Noel had grown close as he is one of the few people who he can talk to about their hard-living days as two of the most famous rock stars in the country.
“I value my friendship with Noel because he is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties,” he said.
The Parklife singer, 50, confessed he still has flashbacks to his wild days as a heroin using Britpop superstar – and old memories were triggered by watching the new documentary about fashion designer and fellow 1990s icon Alexander McQueen.
“I went to see that Alexander McQueen film last night, and I spent all night having nightmares just because it kind of triggered all of those scenes of nightlife and people getting wasted,” he explained. “I value my friendship with Noel because he is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties.”
The rocker said that it is “a long time” since he indulged his wild side, but has few regrets as the wild times were “magnificent” while they lasted.
As Damon has been focusing on his work with Gorillaz, he has not performed with his Blur bandmates Graham Coxon, Dave Rowntree and Alex James since 2015. He said that a reunion will happen – they are just waiting for the right moment.
“A reunion is never not a possibility,” he revealed. “I think most definitely at some point we’ll play those songs again. I’d hate to think I’d never play with those musicians again. But it has just got to be the right time.”