Tuesday, 9 December 2008
In a world exclusive today, the NME revealed that Brit Pop legends Blur are planning a massive open air concert in Hyde Park next summer. The news was boosted by the revelation that estranged guitarist Graham Coxon has returned to the fold. Graham has pursued a solo career since leaving the band during the recording of their last album Think Tank.
Each of the band members has taken an interesting path in their lives since Blur topped the charts with Country House and Beetlebum. Damon Albarn had global success with Gorillaz and currently has a Chinese opera playing at the O2 Arena in London. Bassist Alex James makes cheese on his farm and is a judge in Channel 4 show Orange Unsigned. Meanwhile drummer Dave Rowntree stood unsuccessfully as a Labour council candidate.
A massive open air gig like this sets right much of Blur's lost potential and corrects their inauspicious departure from the music scene earlier in the decade.
There's talk that Blur might also agree to headline Glastonbury shortly before the Hyde Park concert and rumours abound of a tour. All being well, we might also see a new album.
Having seen Blur thrice- twice in Dublin and once in Belfast- as well as Graham Coxon playing in Mandela Hall, I'll be first in the queue for tickets for the comeback gig of the year.
In the meantime, here are a few hits to whet the appetite...