Damon Albarn: 'I'm writing a musical'

Albarn has previously written two operas

Damon Albarn: 'I'm writing a musical'

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Damon Albarn has revealed that he has begun writing a West End musical.

The Blur and Gorillaz frontman has previously penned the operas 'Dr Dee: An English Opera' and 'Monkey: Journey To The West'.

He explained that his new project wasn't originally intended to be a musical. ''It's funny for me to say, 'I'm writing a musical', but yes, that's what I'm doing next," Albarn told The Daily Star. "It's something I've always wanted to do, because musicals are great when they're done well. It started out with the same subject matter but was going to be a leftfield, experimental opera. But it's lurched into a mainstream musical for families.''

Albarn also hinted at the possibility of a Gorillaz comeback, saying: "I've found myself writing a lot of uptempo songs that sound like Gorillaz."

The singer was joined onstage by his Blur bandmate Graham Coxon during his Latitude headline set on Saturday (July 19) in Suffolk, bringing out the guitarist for an encore of 'Tender'.

Earlier this year, Albarn said that Blur will definitely perform live again in the future. He dispelled rumours that the band have played their final shows, telling NME they would be "mad" to never perform together again. "Everything is good between us all. I'm sure we'll play again at some point," he said. "It'd be mad to go the rest of our life and never play any of those songs again."

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