Damon Albarn: Blur reunion 'very possible'

The Monkey maestro has announced that his old band could get back together - unless guitarist Graham Coxon hasn't already joined Pete Doherty's group

Damon Albarn has said it is "very possible" that Blur will reunite after the singer enjoyed a reconciliatory lunch with former bandmate Graham Coxon. In an interview with the BBC, 40-year-old Albarn said: "The truth be known, Graham and I have been hanging out together a bit. We had lunch the other day." He told the interviewer: "It's very possible I'll go back to Blur, it really is very possible."

Blur went on indefinite hiatus in 2003 following the release of the band's critically acclaimed seventh album Think Tank. It was rumoured that guitarist Coxon had left the group under acrimonious circumstances, and he has since pursued a successful solo career. Albarn has worked on projects including animated group Gorillaz, supergroup the Good, the Bad & the Queen, and he masterminded the Africa Express series. Meanwhile, former blur bassist Alex James is now a celebrated cheese maker and occasional talent contest judge, and drummer Dave Rowntree launched an unsuccessful bid to become Labour councillor for the London Borough of Westminster.

While Albarn was telling an interviewer, "it's fantastic to get my old friend back", Coxon was collaborating with Pete Doherty. Earlier this month, a clip of Doherty and Coxon covering the Blur song You're So Great appeared on YouTube. After speculation over a joint project grew, Doherty's bandmate Adam Ficek confirmed during an interview with Xfm that Coxon has been involved with Doherty's forthcoming solo album.

Albarn ended the discussion of a reunion by saying: "It's good, but I can't really say any more than that". Blur fans will no doubt be hoping the guitarist isn't too tied up with Doherty to consider reforming his old band.


Rosie Swash

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