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Gallagher plays down Jay-Z 'diss'

Noel Gallagher
Oasis headlined the main stage at Glastonbury in 1995 and 2004

Oasis star Noel Gallagher says comments he made about Jay-Z performing at Glastonbury were taken the wrong way.

The guitarist caused a stir when he told the BBC in April that a hip-hop headliner was "wrong" for the festival.

"I said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong, and now all this," he told NME magazine.

Gallagher said he had "hung out" with Jay-Z before and had watched the star sing the Oasis anthem Wonderwall at this year's Glastonbury festival.

In an interview with the BBC's Colin Paterson in April, Gallagher said: "Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music... I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."


But the star told the NME - paraphrasing John Lennon's public apology after claiming The Beatles were 'bigger then Jesus': "I wasn't saying I was better than Jay-Z as a person or rock was greater than hip-hop as a thing or whatever it is."

He also said that the amount of attention his comments received was "ludicrous".

"I don't really get what all the fuss was about," he said.

Gallagher added that as a result of the incident, Wonderwall had gone back into the charts and Jay-Z's profile had gone through the roof so "everyone's a winner".

"He knows that I was misrepresented, as I guess he was, so let's move on," he said.

"I'll have a beer with him one day and it'll all be fine."

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