Blur Cast Doubt On Future After Hyde Park
In the never ending saga of one of Glastonbury's best headliners, Blur have once again been ambiguous on their future after they open the Olympics in Hyde Park at the end of the summer. Bassist Alex James has said that they are expecting an "emotional show" and that he is unsure "if it will happen again". This will be disappointing to hear for fans hoping for a new album, but you're never quite sure what these guys are up to and for all we know they could be preparing for something quite special.
Damon Albarn has also been talking about Blur's future, taking a different line to what we've heard in the last few months. Talking to the BBC about his new opera, 'Dr Dee', he said that the performance at Hyde Park will be their "last for this year" and that was all he could "honestly" say. Albarn halted recording sessions a few months ago to focus on Dee with Rufus Norris, which premiered at the London Colliseum last night to positive reviews. Meanwhile, the other two members of the band (Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree) have remained mostly silent on the future of the four piece.
However, fans waiting for new material from the band will be treated to a special session next week where they will premiere two songs; 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan'. Speaking about this, Alex James said "Monday 2nd of July, somewhere in London, on a rooftop, we will be performing both new songs, live on Twitter, which is the first time anything like this has happened". Giving more details on the nature of the two tracks, he revealed that 'they have been written specifically for the Hyde Park show' and that they 'show completely different sides to Blur. 'The Puritan' is a big, up and at em' bouncy, sing along special and 'Under The Westway' is more of a hymn, but I think they'll go down really well".
Along with this, Blur will be releasing a career-spanning box set on July 30 and embarking on an intimate UK tour this August to prepare for what will be a huge show for the Olympics on August 12th. Meanwhile, you can catch Damon Albarn performing in his opera 'Dr Dee' at the London Coliseum until July 7th. See Blur perform their career making set at Glastonbury in 2009 here and find a different side to the festival on June 29th in 'Glastonbury The Movie In Flashback'.