November 6, 2008 -
Blur reunion 'is very possible'
Damon Albarn has hinted that a
Blur reunion could be on the cards after he recently met up
with former guitarist Graham Coxon.
The singer said the pair had lunch and he is thinking about
returning to his original band.
He said: "It's very possible I'll go back to Blur, it really
is very possible.
"The truth be known Graham and I have been hanging out
together a bit. We had lunch the other day."
Coxon left the band in 2002 to pursue a solo career while
the remaining members went on to record their last release
Think Tank, a year later.
Bassist Alex James hinted at a reunion in August 2007.
But when the band met up two months later they revealed on
their official site that they "met up for an enjoyable lunch"
but there were no "other music plans for Blur".
Albarn said it was good to see his old band member again.
He added: "He's great, it's fantastic to get my old friend
back. So it's good but I can't really say any more than that."
Over the last five years, the Blur frontman has become
heavily involved with side projects The Good, The Bad And
The Queen, Africa Express and his other band Gorillaz who he
is currently working with on a new album.
"I'm halfway through the next Gorillaz album at the minute,"
he said. "That's going to be interesting and different again.
"This next time around there will be a lot going on in it."
Albarn is also in the process of bringing his opera Monkey:
Journey To The West back to London after it enjoyed success
at the Royal Opera House over the summer.
The show, which is performed entirely in Mandarin, is to be
staged in the confines of the 02 Arena from 12 November.
Q&A: Damon Albarn on his Monkey opera
Damon Albarn said: "After we staged it at the Royal Opera
House there was the question of what do we do with it next.
"There was definitely the interest and demand to come back
"We needed to find somewhere else and we were approached by
the 02. They asked whether we would like to work with them
and bring it back to London.
"So we decided to build our own tent and make our own world.
For kids it's a magical other world and for adults they can
relax and enjoy themselves."
The opera is based on ancient Chinese stories which feature
the character of Monkey, a monk called Tripitaka, half
man-half animal Piggsy and Sandy the water demon.
It was turned into a cult TV show in the 1970s.
added November 16-17, 2008 from vblurpage.com:
Blur members meet at Monkey premiere
In previous days, there have been lots of
Blur "reunion" material in the press:
[link down] photographed Damon and Graham together at Monkey:
Journey To The West premiere at the O2 arena in London.
NTDTV [link down]
has a short clip of the meeting.
- Graham was quite fascinated
by Monkey: Journey To The West. He told
BBC: "I loved it, loved it. I was riveted, lovely music,
how the set looked and the dancing of course. He's very clever,
I was always rather in awe of Damon's talents from a young age,
really it's his staunchness about music and his energy."
reports that Alex James was also at the premiere and chatted after the
show with Damon and Graham. Hopefully Dave was there, too!
- Damon told
Sky News [link down] about the possible Blur reunion:
"I can tell you genuinely I'm getting on really well with
Graham at the moment, so it's distinctly possible."