Noel Gallagher: 'I made Beady Eye ask permission to play Oasis hit at Olympic Closing Ceremony'
Beady Eye performed a cover of Oasis' iconic single 'Wonderwall' at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, but Noel Gallagher has revealed they asked his permission first.
Speaking to XFM, Noel explained that his brother Liam's band had to re-record the cut and send it back to him for his approval before he agreed to let them play it at the global event:
"They had to re-record it and then send it to me. I did play a bit of cat and mouse with them for a few days - I took it until Friday night at ten o'clock before I said yes and they were sh*tting it."
"Not Beady Eye, the organisers. Because I had to say yeah and I was like 'Meh, it's alright, I'm not sure with this new string arrangement' and they were like 'f*ck! The gig's on Sunday' so I was like 'Okay, alright, you can have it then'."
He also admitted that organisers of the Closing Ceremony originally asked him to perform, but he turned down the highly sought-after slot because it was surrounded in too much secrecy:
"I was asked to do it a long time ago and to be frank, they were being so secretive about it. I was like 'Who else is playing?' and they were like 'We can't tell you, you've got to sign a confidentiality agreement' - it's like it's the Iran nuclear programme or something."
Check out Beady Eye's cover of the song below:
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