March 20, 2002
Some Distance Left To Run!
ROWNTREE has scotched rumours that his
band's new album is almost complete, saying they
were "closer to the start of the process
than the end".
Rowntree was at the
Houses Of Parliament this
afternoon (March 20), attending the official
launch of the All Party Music Group,
a cross-political group of MPs intending to work
for the interests of the British music industry.
Speaking exclusively to NME.COM,
Rowntree confirmed Blur
were returning to the studio in May but added:
"All speculation in the NME
about the title of the singles, or what we have
recorded, is giving us all a good laugh. We are
closer to the start of the process than the
end." The album, the follow-up to 1999's '13',
will not be released until next year, he added.
Last week Blur
frontman Damon Albarn said they
had recorded 14 songs and that one of them, 'Don't
Bomb When You Are the Bomb', was likely
to be the new single.
Rowntree was joined
at the launch by a number of industry big wigs
including Rob Dickins, Chairman
of the BPI (British
Phonographic Industry) and
super-producer and 'Pop Idol'
judge Pete Waterman.