GRAHAM COXON – I WON’T BE REJOINING BLUR

The star quashes reports he'll eventually return to his old band...

BLUR are unlikely to be joined by estranged bandmate GRAHAM COXON in the near future according to the former guitarist, despite DAMON ALBARN’s insistence that he would be welcome back at anytime.

Coxon left the band in a storm of rumours and controversy in October 2002 during the sessions for their latest album ‘Think Tank’. Albarn has been reported as previously saying: “Graham will always be the guitarist in Blur… I’m sure there’ll come a time when we’ll make music again together.”

Coxon however has now blasted Albarn’s remarks and squashed hopes of a reunion.

He said: “If that’s true then why was I un-invited to the studio when I was in Blur? I’m not particularly interested in progress in that area at the moment.”

Ex-Verve guitarist Simon Tong has replaced Coxon for Blur‘s live performances, which include a full UK tour starting at Glasgow Barrowlands on November 20.

“I have a lot of personal progress to look at,” Coxon told 6 Music. “It’s very heavy but I have been straight and clean for two years now and discovering my own emotional self again is quite time consuming, and the only thing that I can do that’s supporting that is writing music and be involved creatively because I am just a total creative lunatic and I can’t really do anything else and it’s really looking after myself and that’s what I do.”

Coxon’s fifth solo album is due for release in March 2004.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the new album has also seen the reunion of the guitarist with producer Stephen Street.

Street, who worked on the first five Blur records, claims that the album is Coxon’s most impressive solo effort – also likening it to early Blur.

“It’s not quite as garage-y as some of the earlier stuff,” he told Under The Radar magazine. “There’s quite a few acoustic things on there and the songs are just a lot poppier than they were before. There are actually a few really good choruses in there and he’s also getting more and more confident singing.”