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Band declare Damon Albarn and co's reunion 'brilliant'

Kaiser Chiefs have thrown their hat into the ring if Blur are looking for support bands for their Hyde Park reformation show on July 3.

Bassist Simon Rix admitted that his first thought upon hearing that Blur had reunited was that his band would be asked to open for their heroes.

He said: “I was in my car and heard it. And I thought, ‘We’re going to get asked to play that gig – will we do it?'”

Drummer Nick Hodgson, however, was in no doubt they would support his heroes if asked, though he explained he’s less sure they will get offered the gig.

“I’d like to do it,” he declared. “I don’t think we’ll get asked.”

Hodgson heaped praise on Blur for getting back together, telling BBC Newsbeat: “It’s brilliant. I’m very pleased – normally I hate reunions. This doesn’t feel like a reunion.”

The drummer continued: “I like this because it actually feels like unfinished business and they’ve actually got something to do it for. They’ve actually reunited as opposed to got back together for a load of cash. I think The Stone Roses could do the same thing.”

For the full exclusive joint interview with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon on Blur’s reformation get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands now.