Alex James: ‘There is always a feeling that this may be Blur’s last bow’

Bassist also confirms that the Britpop veterans will play five tracks at the Brits ceremony on Tuesday (February 21)

Blur bass player Alex James has said that he feels that the band’s forthcoming reunion “may be their last bow”.

The band will be honoured with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award on Tuesday (February 21) at this year’s Brit Awards and James has said he is looking forward to getting back onstage with the band. He also confirmed that the Britpop veterans will be playing five songs at the end of the ceremony.

Writing in The Sun, James said of the band’s feeling about the Brits performance: “There is always a feeling that this may be Blur’s last bow, which I suppose makes it all the more exciting. We’ve been asked to perform five songs. I met up with the band last week and we discussed what we will play. I’m more excited about playing a few of the old hits again than winning. Winning prizes is nothing compared to the feeling of playing music.”

The bassist added that reuniting Blur felt like “reassembling the A-Team for one last job” and that the quartet now play together for “the joy of it” rather than as a career.

He said of this: “Pulling the band back together is like reassembling the A-Team for one last job. I’m a cheesemaker now. As much as we loved Blur, if you do anything day in, day out for 15 years, it becomes a job. We all needed to go our separate ways and do other things with our lives. Now when we play together, it’s for the joy of it, like in our early days.”

James’ bandmates Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon unveiled a brand new Blur song during a short gig in London last night (February 19).

Titled ‘Under The Westway’, the piano-led track brought the duo’s three-song set to a close at War Child’s pre-Brit Awards fundraiser at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The song is the first new material to be aired by the band since ‘Fool’s Day’, which was released as a limited edition vinyl and download as part of Record Store Day in 2010.

To read an exclusive in the studio interview with Blur, where they reveal their exciting post-Brits plans, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (February 22).