It ISN’T The End For Gorillaz and Blur

Damon Albarn says that the end is not nigh for the two projects.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Despite comments made by the frontman released to the public earlier this month, Damon Albarn has now backtracked and denied that the end is near for both Blur and Gorillaz.

Albarn had reportedly stated that Blur's massive Hyde Park gig for the Olympics closing ceremony this summer might be the band's last, while he branded the possibility of new material from Gorillaz "unlikely" following a dispute with the project's co-creator and artist Jamie Hewlett. 

However, in an interview with the Metro published today (April 25), Albarn suggests that he was misquoted. When asked whether Blur were "finished", he responded: "No. That comes from an article which was an interesting take on a very long conversation. I don’t know how we’ll feel when we play Hyde Park. Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other.

"If you don’t see something as a career but as an important part of your life, you don’t know how you’re going to feel about it. We want to put on a great performance but nothing’s been said between us about the beginning or the end."

He also insisted that when he and Jamie Hewlett have worked out their differences there will be another Gorillaz album, saying: "We’ve been through too much together for it to be that big of a mountain to climb. We’ve just fallen out like mates do sometimes. I’m not the only person to fall out with mates and then make up again – everyone does it."

He and Hewlett's relationship reportedly suffered after the latest Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, featured less of the artist's designs. This, coupled with the cartoon band's live shows shifting from holograms and extravagant displays of Hewlett's artwork to simpler set-ups featuring Albarn, a backing band and very little of Hewlett's work allegedly upset the band's co-creator.

Before Blur take to the stage at Hyde Park, Albarn is gearing up for the release of his solo LP Dr. Dee next month. Albarn said of the new album: "It’s about England and me connecting with a more invisible, darker, historic side of our culture than some of the other stuff I’ve done." The first single taken from the album, 'The Marvelous Dream', can be listened to by clicking right here.


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