Bright Eyes dismiss split rumours at T In The Park

Conor Oberst also takes a pop at Coldplay's Chris Martin during their evening set

Bright Eyes put paid to rumours that they are set to call time as a band, before their show at T In The Park last night (July 9).

Speaking to NME before their headline slot on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage, frontman Conor Oberst dismissed comments he had made to Rolling Stone in which he said he wanted to retire the Bright Eyes name.

“We don’t have any immediate plans, I guess, after this year,” said Oberst. “[But what I said] sounded pretty final, but I don’t remember the quote – you can look it up. I think I meant it that day…”

What Oberst actually said in the interview was: “It does feel like it needs to stop at some point. I’d like to clean it up, lock the door, say goodbye.”


However, when NME asked if this was really was Bright Eyes‘ last tour and their recent record their last album, Oberst said: “I don’t think so… We don’t really take anything off the table.”

“Hopefully we’ll come back over [to Europe], hopefully we’ll make another record,” added band member and producer Mike Mogis.

Bright Eyes released their 7th studio album, ‘The People’s Key’, earlier this year.

During their hour long Saturday night set, Oberst had a dig at the day’s Main Stage headliners Coldplay, introducing ‘Lover I Don’t Have To Love’ by saying: “This song’s about casual sex… I’d like to dedicate it to Chris Martin for the time he tried to suck my dick.”

Oberst also said that he had seen Tame Impala and Villagers play the festival and jokingly sang, “my sex is on fire” during ‘Road To Joy’, in homage to Beyonce, who had also performed an excerpt from the Kings Of Leon hit earlier in the day.

Bright Eyes played:


‘Wrecking Ball’
‘Four Winds’
‘Bowl Of Oranges’
‘Cartoon Blues’
‘Lover I Don’t Have To Love’
‘Shell Games’
‘Arc Of Time’
‘Jejune Stars’
‘Calendar Hung Itself’
‘Another Travelin’ Song’
‘Road To Joy’
‘One For You’

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