Richard Ashcroft has said that he couldn't record an album with Noel Gallagher because it would cause a rift with Gallagher's brother and former Oasis bandmate Liam.
Ashcroft previously spoke of the possibility of working with Noel Gallagher to NME, saying: "In the future who knows what might happen. I wish things like this would’ve happened years ago." He later claimed that he wants to make a musical with Oasis.
Last year, Noel Gallagher said he’d be interested in making an album with Ashcroft. Now, Ashcroft has denied the prospect in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, saying that although he does think it would be a "sensational record", he has a "deep respect and love for his brother" and thinks that the collaboration would "upset" Liam Gallagher.
Ashcroft went on to explain: "[Brotherly love] is like a mafia thing, do you think I would [get in between] those two with a Noel/Ashcroft album and think of Liam festering, listening to it on the radio. I don't think so. I'd be really excited helping Liam… I think he should do his first solo album".
- Source: NME, by Luke Morgan Britton