Will Blur Tour America Again?

Blur

If you’re one of the many U.S. Blur fans who watched their reunion antics in 2009 with a growing sense of frustration and despair that you were missing out on something special, we have the vaguest shadow of a possibility of a perhaps that might make you feel a little better.

Damon Albarn appears in a feature in the Guardian covering the final preparations for his opera Doctor Dee, which sounds amazing, and as things often do with Damon, talk turns to whatever his future prospects may be (the man has so many projects on the go; he may as well be called Damon Piefingers.).

And in this feature, there’s an intruiging passage which reads: “Once [Doctor Dee’s] Manchester run ends, Albarn is travelling to Congo, to play his part in a project in which DJs and producers will record and sample Congolese music, and aim to complete a record in not much more than a week. Blur, he says, may reunite again, to play their old songs in the US, though when I ask him about the possibility of new Blur songs, I get a mumbled “don’t know”. There is also final work to be done on a largely instrumental album made by Albarn, [Tony] Allen and the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary.”

Did you see that, right in the middle there? Just after the Congo album and just before the supergroup?  It’s not a journalist’s question that he’s fobbed off, it’s not him trying to keep the fans sweet while he works out how best to get out of it, this appears to be information that he has volunteered: Blur may reunite to play their old songs in the US.

Songs like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZUQKKcKC9o

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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