Is This The End For Gorillaz and Blur?

Frontman Damon Albarn has dropped some heavy news on fans of his two most popular projects.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn is a man of many projects, but it appears as if two of the most beloved are coming to an end. 

In an interview with the Guardian, the British musical kaleidoscope says Blur and Gorillaz have likely seen their last days as active projects. In other words, both bands are over and done with.

Blur still has plans to release a single, "Under the Westway," and play the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in August. After that, however, the future seems empty. When asked whether the iconic 90s band is calling it quits, Albarn answered as such:

"In all likelihood, I would say. [pause] Oh, God…" 

So no more Blur records?

"No, I don't think so."

And will you play live again after Hyde Park?

"No, not really."

That doesn't leave much room for speculation, now does it? Additionally, a divergence in vision with cartoonist and Gorillaz chief collaborator Jamie Hewlett is seeming to leave little other recourse for that band as well. Albarn says things seem to have run their course, with the band's last studio album, Plastic Beach, and its associated promotion, featuring less of Hewlett's drawings – which has apparently been by design.

"I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame," Albarn said of Hewlett. "So until a time comes when that knot has been untied…"

Obviously, moods can change like the weather, and there's no guarantee that the projects are gone for good. But whichever way the fates tumble, with various solo projects, including Rocket Juice and the Moon, his collaboration with Flea and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, Albarn will have plenty to keep us enthralled by in the years to come.