Blur to perform at 2012 Brit awards

Bassist Alex James confirms the band will play after receiving outstanding contribution to music award

Blur have confirmed they will perform at the 2012 Brit awards. The group will celebrate their outstanding contribution to music trophy by playing their first gig since 2009, bassist Alex James has revealed. "We're going to play, which is brilliant," he said. "It's like putting the Blues Brothers back together."

It has been two weeks since plans were announced to honour Blur at the Brit awards in February. But the band remained evasive about whether they would perform; although James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree have often met up, and even recorded together, they haven't played live since closing 2009's T in the Park.

James has now put speculation to rest. Thanks to the Brits announcement, he said, "we all remembered how much we loved being a band.

"I saw the guys this week, we had a Christmas cuppa … I had always said in interviews I didn't miss being in a band, but that reminded me I did."

James also fanned the flames of a future Blur tour. "Well, let's hope," he said. "Heritage year next year." Albarn has previously hinted at a possible visit to the US, pointing out the reunited Blur never crossed the Atlantic. "Who knows what will happen," James said, "but there is a lot to look forward to."

Previous winners of the outstanding contribution to music prize include Paul McCartney, U2, Queen and the Who.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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