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Damon Albarn busy, but not with Blur

By | Published on Thursday 31 July 2014

Damon Albarn

Are you still waiting for Blur’s reunion album? Well, the latest word is that it may never get finished. I think that might have been the previous word too. And the word before that. There have been so very many words.

In an interview for the latest edition of the NME, Albarn said that it “may just be one of those records that never comes out”, adding that their decision to record in Hong Kong had proven a mistake: “There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording, and it was a bit too hot. I think that’s why we didn’t get it finished”.

So, that’s that. But there is a new Blur record coming out. Well, sort of. The band announced this week that they will release ‘Live At The Budokan’, a live album recorded in Japan in 1995, on 11 Aug. The album was originally only made available in the UK to members of the band’s fanclub, but this remastered version will be made available to anyone at all.

Albarn has some solo things going on too. He’s working on a musical work “based on a very beloved kids’ book, but with a very modern take on it” for next summer. He doesn’t say which book, but I’m guessing ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. He’s also playing a show at the Royal Albert Hall on 15 Nov, tickets for which will go on sale at 9am tomorrow. Robots welcome.

And lastly, he’s just put out a new song, recorded for the soundtrack to new Luc Besson film, ‘Lucy’. It’s called ‘Sister Rust’ and you can hear it here: