Damon Albarn: 'Blur and Gorillaz aren't finished'

Singer backtracks on his comments that he's putting an end to both acts

Damon Albarn: 'Blur and Gorillaz aren't finished'

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Damon Albarn has denied that he is finished with both Blur and Gorillaz.

The singer was recently quoted as saying that it is 'unlikely' that there will be any more new material from Gorillaz and that Blur's Hyde Park gig this summer might be the band's final show.

However, speaking to the Metro, Albarn denied this and said that he and his bandmates had not discussed "the beginning or the end" of Blur.

Asked if Hyde Park would be Blur's last show, Albarn said: "No. That comes from an article which was an interesting take on a very long conversation. I don’t know how we’ll feel when we play Hyde Park. Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other. If you don’t see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don’t know how you’re going to feel about it. We want to put on a great performance but nothing’s been said between us about the beginning or the end."

Then asked if Gorillaz was finished as a project, Albarn also denied this, adding that when he and partner Jamie Hewlett reconciled after their recent fallout, they'd make another album.

He said of this: "When Jamie Hewlett and I have worked out our differences, I’m sure we’ll make another record. We’ve been through too much together for it to be that big of a mountain to climb. We’ve just fallen out like mates do sometimes. I’m not the only person to fall out with mates and then make up again – everyone does it."

Albarn also said he was really looking forward to Blur's show at Hyde Park, which they play on August 12 this summer. He added: "Very much so. I love playing with Blur – it’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. At the same time, though, I don’t want to cock it all up by staying around too long and making a fool of myself. At 44, there’s a little trepidation about jumping around onstage, but I love it."

Along with playing at Hyde Park, Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden's Way Out West festival in August.

To read a new interview with Blur guitarist Graham Coxon in which he discusses the band's future and their plans for their Hyde Park show, pick up the new issue of NME which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

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