Damon Albarn reveals new musical will be based on a 'very beloved kids' book'

The piece will be finished by summer 2015, the singer says

Damon Albarn reveals new musical will be based on a 'very beloved kids' book'

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Damon Albarn has revealed that his forthcoming new musical will be based on a well-known children's book.

Speaking in this week's NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally now, the singer says that the piece will be ready for next summer.

When asked if he had already started working on the musical, Albarn replied: "It's got to be finished for summer next year. It's based on a very beloved kids' book, but with a very modern take on it."

In the same interview, Albarn, who released his first solo album 'Everyday Robots' in April, said that the new music he recorded with his Blur bandmates in Hong Kong in May last year might never be released.

"There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong," he said. "The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out."

Earlier today, Albarn announced details of a one-off London date at London's Royal Albert Hall in November.

The singer will perform with his band The Heavy Seas on November 15. Tickets are available from Friday (August 1) at 9am and cost between £35 and £65 each. As well as his band, Albarn promises "very special guests" will join him for the gig.

To check the availability of Damon Albarn tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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