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'

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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.

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