Blur's Alex James: 'If Hyde Park's shit, that's definitely it'

Bassist speaks ahead of tonight's (August 12) momentous Hyde Park gig

Blur's Alex James: 'If Hyde Park's shit, that's definitely it'

Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

Update: Blur make Hyde Park comeback for Olympic Games closer

Blur's Alex James has admitted Blur will be finished if they don't get tonight's (August 12) Hyde Park gig right.

The bassist has revealed that Blur's future hangs in the balance and everything rides on them getting their huge outdoor show spot-on, but has said their "focus at the moment is getting Hyde Park right".

He told NME:

I really don't know what happens next, that's the only honest answer I can give. It's precarious though. If Hyde Park is shit, then that's definitely it.

James said he was "grateful" for the band returning to Hyde Park, the venue for their spectacular 2009 comeback shows, as he believed those gigs were his "last cup final".

With the comeback shows cathartic, peace-making goal achieved the band were unlikely to make a second return but, as James tells us, new tracks 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan' got the band itching to play live again. He said: "I think the fact that we've got a couple of new songs, and we were getting on great, it just felt, 'What the hell, let's do another one'."

During today's soundcheck, Alex James cried while the band rehearsed 'Under The Westway'. He tweeted:



It's unlikely fans will get to hear any more new material soon as guitarist Graham Coxon last week said the band have no definite future plans to record.

He told Shortlist: "No, that's it really. Sorry, but there just aren’t any more. My only hope is that we carry on doing what we really want to do. That's it. I don't think we like having things pencilled in too much or feeling pressured into anything. That's our relationship now. We record when we want to see each other and try something. There's no point in forcing it if it doesn't feel good."

You can read a full preview of Blur's Hyde Park shows and a full interview with Alex James in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

Read More On This Artist

Blur Merchandise
More News
Suge Knight sought out by police over fatal hit-and-run incident in LA
Idlewild launch bespoke craft ale Scottish Fiction IPA
Courtney Barnett announces debut album and streams single 'Pedestrian At Best'
Nas, Mark Ronson, Earl Sweatshirt added to Disclosure and Rudimental's Wild Life festival
L7 lead additions to Download Festival bill
Brian Wilson to release new solo album 'No Pier Pressure' in April
Kendrick Lamar, Thurston Moore and Chet Faker to play Poland's Open'er festival
The Libertines to headline T in the Park festival 2015
House DJ Lil Louis may have been 'permanently deafened' by air horn
More than 100 supposed Aphex Twin demos posted to SoundCloud by mystery user
Actor Jeff Bridges releases ambient album designed to help listeners sleep
Will Butler premieres new song 'Anna' and confirms European tour
Sony partners with Spotify to launch new PlayStation Music streaming service
Tom Petty describes Sam Smith songwriting dispute as 'a musical accident'
The Cribs: 'Having Dave Grohl in the studio was a good omen'
Flight Of The Conchords 'planning on touring' this year according to Jemaine Clement
Kanye West walks through field with baby North West in 'Only One' video – watch
Sam Smith on Adele comparisons: 'It just annoys me'
Kasabian: 'The Brit Awards have a conspiracy to shut rock 'n' roll out'
Jack White reunites The Raconteurs and performs with Loretta Lynn in Nashville – watch
Lil Wayne sues his record label for £34m
Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler arrested following 'bar brawl'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM