Damon spills the beans on those comments to NME...

Damon Albarn has spoken exclusively to NME to answer rumours that Blur are about to split up.

Speaking on Friday (September 10), Damon said: “It’s amazing how people get so excited about an innocuous comment. I said we’ll do two more gigs this year in England. Which we are! But we’re also doing a South American tour and we’re playing in France on Wednesday, you know what I mean? I was just advertising the gigs!”

When asked why Blur were playing a set of A-sides in Wembley, as if to round off their career, he explained: “It’s just a nice thing to do at Christmas when everyone wants to have a good time. And we wanted to play our b-sides. It’s all geared round this ten year thing really and trying to do gigs which interest us as opposed to, you know, driving ourselves insane doing the same set every night. Which is what most bands do.”

The rumours began after Blur‘s headlining set at this year’s Reading Festival. Damon announced the band would play two more gigs and then “do something else”. These gigs would coincide with the release of the Blur box-set on Food Records and so it seemed to many that the band were tying up loose ends and concluding their ten year career.

But Damon has now denied the band were even thinking about splitting up. He commented that he enjoyed the sets at Reading and Leeds and was not surprised at the press reaction to his on-stage comments.

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