Damon Albarn hints at Blur reuniting for another album: 'A reunion is never not a possibility.'
Despite not releasing an album since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’, Albarn remains confident that he’ll one day return to the studio with Blur.
A glimmer of hope has suddenly presented itself for fans of Brit-pop legends Blur. Frontman Damon Albarn has hinted Blur could make another album together in the future.
The 50-year-old rocker - who led the iconic Britpop group with Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree - admitted he is certain they will reunite for live shows, and even teased the possibility of new music. Despite not releasing an album since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’, Albarn remains confident that he’ll one day return to the studio with his most famous band.
Speaking to The Sun, Albarn said: "A reunion is never not a possibility. I think most definitely at some point we'll play those songs again. I'd hate to think I'd never play with those musicians again."
Adding how a reunion has to happen at the “right time”, he said: “You want to feel that people really, really, really want you to do it, otherwise you’re kind of becoming a tribute act to yourself."
Albarn admitted he sometimes gets tempted to play one of Blur's songs during his live shows with Gorillaz - which he formed in 1998 with artist Jamie Hewlett - but has decided it wouldn't be the best move. In the years since Blur’s last studio effort, Albarn has released two Gorillaz albums – including 2017’s ‘Humanz’ which saw him collaborating with Noel Gallagher after the former rivals became friends.
He explained: "Some days I really fancy doing a Blur song in the middle of a Gorillaz set. I've never tried it, but I probably shouldn't."
Gorillaz recently released their sixth studio album 'The Now Now' following their collaboration-heavy comeback record from last year 'Humanz'. As The Sun reveals, Damon and Jamie -- who admit to clashing “over everything” -- didn’t speak for three years from 2011.
Jamie relocated to Paris but their lively new record sees the pair going back to basics. Opening up about the resolution between the two artists, Albarn explained: "For this record it was back to how we originally worked. He was somewhat absent when making 'Humanz', but with this one he was in the studio for the whole month. We just hung out for the whole of that month, which was really important."
Elsewhere in the interview, Albarn spoke about ex-Oasis co-founder Noel Gallagher, admitting that his former rival is one of the only people who really understands him. “We don’t talk about our past. We talk about our present”, he said of his friendship with Gallagher. “I value my friendship with Noel because he is one of the only people who went through what I did in the Nineties.”
Blur and Oasis were locked in what was dubbed 'The Battle of Britpop' in the mid-nineties. The bands had initially praised each other but over the course of the year antagonisms between the two increased. Blur ultimately won the battle of the bands, selling 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 - the songs charting at number one and number two respectively. However, in the long run, Oasis became more commercially successful than Blur. Unlike Blur, Oasis achieved sustained sales in the United States thanks to singles like 'Champagne Supernova' and of course 'Wonderwall'.