MASSIVE ATTACK STAR BLASTS WAR APATHY

3-D blasts other bands for not caring as he and Damon Albarn urge NME readers to oppose war in Iraq...

The anti-war poster designed and financed by DAMON ALBARN and ROBERT ‘3-D’ DEL NAJA finally appears in this week’s NME – amid accusations from the Massive Attack star that bands are unwilling to speak out on the issue.

The double page advert, featured in the centre spread of this week’s paper, is aimed at raising awareness of opposition to any British involvement in a US led attack on Iraq. Albarn and 3-D are working with CND and the ‘Stop The War’ coalition, who are organising a demonstration in London (September 28).

The advert quotes former Labour MP Tony Benn and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark (1967-69), two people 3-D said “represent a balanced view of Britain and America”.

However, he told NME.COM that he is frustrated with what he sees as a lack of support from his musical peers.

“A lot of people have stated interest but not followed it up,” he said. “In terms of people getting back to the CND or Stop The War it’s been very apathetic, it’s very disappointing really.”

3-D added that they aren’t concerned about other bands’ getting involved. “Damon and myself don’t feel that’s a problem,” he added. “The reason we want to use the NME is because it’s the only weekly music paper and we’re musicians. It’s the obvious place to for us to present our case and create a forum for debate. We’re not that concerned that we’ve had to stick our necks out for it because we feel totally at ease with our views and opinions. But there has been a surprising amount of apathy from other bands. I’ve got to say it. “

For more, see this week’s issue, which is out now.