Noel Gallagher 'rejected' Olympic closing ceremony

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Noel Gallagher claims he turned down the Olympic closing ceremony. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Noel Gallagher has claimed he rejected an invitation to play at the Olympic closing ceremony.

The song Wonderwall - which was written by Noel - was performed at the Olympic stadium by brother Liam and his new band Beady Eye.

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Liam Gallagher performs at the Olympic closing ceremony with band Beady Eye. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

In an interview with XFM, Noel said he was approached by the show's organisers but was unhappy about miming to the thousands of people in the stadium.

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.

And then they wanted me to do it acoustically - and then they wanted me to mime. And I'm all for miming in TV shows - but if you're in a stadium with 80,000 people and you're pretending? I can play live.

I said (to one of the organisers) 'Why do you want me to mime?' and he said 'It's a big gig'. Really? I do this s*** for a living.

In the end, I was just like, you know what, I'd rather watch it on the telly.

Noel - who had a major falling out with brother Liam - also told presenter Danny Wallace that he waited until late on Friday night to give his approval for the Beady Eye version of the song.

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 'til Friday night at 10 o'clock before I said yes and they were s******* it.

Noel also jokingly referred to Beady Eye as "Stratford's finest Oasis tribute band".