December 9, 2008 -
Blur speak: 'We are reuniting
for Hyde Park gig' – Exclusive
Damon Albarn and co tell NME 'it
just felt it was right again'
in December 2008
(photo from Martin BFC)
Blur are reforming to
play live next year, NME can exclusively
The full line-up – Damon Albarn,
Graham Coxon, Alex James and
Dave Rowntree – will play their first gigs together
since guitarist Coxon quit the band in 2002.
Speaking only to NME in a world exclusive
joint interview, Albarn and Coxon
explained that they had put their differences behind them and
were looking forward to playing live in 2009.
"It just felt it was right again," declared Albarn
of Blur's return. "It somehow feels like there's
something for us to do again, we're not completely useless or
pointless, we've got a reason to exist."
Coxon agreed, explaining the band were
"making public what's been going on a little bit privately.
For the benefit of the fans and those interested we can say
that something's on the cards".
What is on the cards is a headlining show in Hyde Park,
London on Friday, July 3.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am (GMT) this Friday (December
12). To check the availability of Blur tickets and get all the
latest listings, go to
NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
for more information.
There are also rumours of further dates, including a possible
appearance at the 2009 Glastonbury festival.
However, while the band refused to confirm any other shows,
Albarn promised fans around the UK that the
band would be announcing some more shows.
"We'll do something in London because that
seems sensible," he said, "but we're also playing in other
parts of the country working up to there."
You can watch a
video of Blur talking about their
reunion on NME.COM now.
For the full exclusive joint interview with Damon
Albarn and Graham Coxon get this
week's issue of NME, on newsstands in
London this afternoon, and available across the UK
tomorrow (December 10).
In it the duo discuss how they buried the hatchet, why they
decided to reconvene Blur, what songs they expect to
play next year, and reveal more of their future plans.
added December 9, 2008 from vblurpage.com:
More live shows!
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon
announced today on Zane Lowe show that Blur will be doing some
warm-up shows before the Hyde Park gig. One place they will
play is Wolverhampton.
To hear the interview in full, use
added December 12, 2008 from vblurpage.com:
Blur add extra Hyde Park date
A second Hyde Park date has
been added to meet the huge demand for tickets (the first
announced show sold-out within a few minutes!). Blur will now play in
Hyde Park also on Thursday 2nd July. Tickets are on sale now.