By Danielle Beavers
Rants from the Gallagher brothers don’t exactly ripple through the States the way they used to. But when Noel Gallagher — guitarist and chief songwriter for Oasis — sounded off on Jay-Z back in April, he was definitely heard … even by Jay himself.
Gallagher was unhappy that Jay-Z would be performing at this year’s Glastonbury festival, saying that the fest was “built on the tradition of guitar music.” Once upon a time, in 1995 and 2004, Oasis headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, playing to sold-out crowds. The 40-year-old Gallagher pointed to Jay-Z’s spot on the bill as the reason the festival has not yet sold out. This year, 100,000 tickets were sold on the first day, but in past years, the tickets have sold out in a matter of hours.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Gallagher complained back in April. “If you start to break it, then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.”
And now, Jay has answered back. Speaking with U.K. radio host Tim Westwood on Wednesday, Jay said, “At the end of the day, these barriers that they have are only put up to separate us. There is only good music and bad music.”
The Glastonbury Festival began in 1970 and has always hosted a mix of music, including sets by artists like Al Green and Fatboy Slim. This year’s festival kicks off Friday with a diverse lineup, including Jimmy Cliff, Vampire Weekend, Lupe Fiasco and others mixing it up with Gallagher’s “guitar music.”
“The world should be all about mixing culture,” Jay-Z said. “Hip-hop is music in its art form. It should be accepted and respected. It’s all the same thing, it’s just coming from a different perspective.”
How do you think Jay-Z will do at a predominantly rock festival?