October 21, 2012

Will Blur steal the show with two Q Awards in 2012 ?

Blur has been nominated by voters online for two awards at the Q Awards this year. They are the "Best Live Act" award and the "Best Act In The World Today" award. Blur will be up against bands who made a mark in musical history or has contributed much to the London Olympics 2012, such as The Stone Roses and Coldplay, for the prizes. 

The full broadcast will be live on October 22nd 2012, where we will learn whether or not Blur has made their mark once again in the Q Award winner's list. 

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Feel free to share the poster above and spread the word - and lets see whether Blur can manage to steal the show by winning all two categories.

Watch the show online and catch up on the show.

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Blur first ever 2012 gig-  Maida Vale gig full coverage HERE
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February 23, 2012

BBC Radio to celebrate Blur's victory at the Brit Awards 2012 with dedicated show

BBC 6's Will Gilgrass has contacted BlurBalls and asked us to let all you dedicated fans know that they are hosting a 2 hour BLUR RADIO SHOW, live on air at BBC Radio 6, on Friday 25th February 2012




A show called Now Playing @6Music on BBC 6 Music will air this Friday between 7-9pm (GMT). 

BBC are putting a special show together to honour Blur after their BRIT Award and the overall fantastic contribution to music, and want fans to submit comments on what they will play in this fantastic, very long show entirely devoted to Blur, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree

Taken from their blog: 


Whatever, anyone who was on Worthy Farm that evening or at Blur's shows in London’s Hyde Park which followed will know what a special place the British public hold in their hearts for Damon, Alex, Graham and Dave. 

To commemorate their BRIT, this Friday night on Now Playing we want you to build the ultimate  
Blur inspired playlist - but we need your help and music suggestions, like:
* Their own tracks – from classics like Song 2There’s No Other Way and Beetlebumthrough to forgotten singles. 
* B-sides and rarities, maybe the To The End with Fran├žoise Hardy, their cover of Elvis Costello’s Oliver’s Army or their stomping version of Maggie Amy?
* Other projects the band members have worked on or collaborating be it solo work fromGorillaz to DRC Music, Massive AttackElastica or Duffy 
* Current bands who Blur have influenced.

Let us know by leaving a comment on the blog, Tweeting us using #Blur6Music, discussing it on our Facebook pagee-mail or add some tracks to our Spotify playlist – and listen to the show on Friday from 7pm.


Full information is on their blog (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nowplaying/2012/02/blur6music---help-build-the-ul.shtml) but essentially they want us fans to pick their favourite Blur tracks, collaborations they've been involved with, artists who inspired them and people they've inspired to make an awesome show celebrating the great man Damon Albarn and his gang.

Let's all join in ! We'll be submitting lots of songs that we want them to play, and you do so too! 


Check out their Facebook page here - http://www.facebook.com/nowplaying6music.



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And finally, three extra pieces of news.

Firstly, Blur's documentary from 2009 "No Distance Left To Run" is showing on ITV4 (Click to Watch) at 9pm GMT. Get ready with a Coffee and TV, sit back and relax.

Secondly, thank you to our reader Nick for submitting an exclusive Alex James home interview from 2000 - click here to read this funny, poignant Blur interview - before the Band reunited. This is a trip down memory lane and a great read for any fan!

Lastly, don't forget to get this week's NME magazine - Blur's featured exclusively with posters and interviews, and lots of cool new Olympics news.


Read all about Blur kicking Adele OUT of the Brits HERE
Rehearsal for Brits HERE
Olympics Gig HERE
New potential album HERE 
and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 22, 2012

Blur prepare for big announcement on future plus exclusive Brits rehearsal footage

BLUR ALERT: Blur are set to appear in an exclusive NME feature piece to talk about their future. Speculations are that they're going to make a new album with producer William Orbit.

The news about Blur headlining the London Olympics 2012 Closing ceremony concert came on midnight yesterday, just a day before the Brit Awards at 8:00pm tonight at the O2 Arena.

Dave Rowntree tweeted a picture of Phil Daniels backstage at the Brits - they WILL be playing Parklife with Daniels doing the vocals.


Blur is set to perform, Girls and Boys, Song 2, Beetlebum and many other huge hits, and also from the Brit Awards twitter : "Exclusive! Outstanding Contribution winners @blurofficial will perform "Tender" (with 32-piece choir) on ITV2 at 10pm tonight"

See some scans of pictures here of Blur's NME magazine feature this week. It will feature an article, posters, exclusive pictures and talks about "new album plans".



Speculations for the NME announcement tomorrow is best summed up by dannn, a forum member, who said:

 My take on recent developments: 

• Blur are active again and that’s what we have been craving for years. 
• The new song sounds really good and a studio version may not be a piano based ballad and could well be in the same vein as For Tomorrow. 
• The gig is a unique opportunity for the band to be part of history. I am sure if it wasn’t for the Olympics they wouldn’t be going anywhere near Hyde Park. 
• Expect some intimate warm up gigs. 
• The intention at the Brits (and the Olympics gig) could be to put a line in the sand and celebrate the band’s past, whilst looking towards the future as Blur Mark II. I think the band have the desire to continue and produce new music, but I guess we’ll find out tonight / tomorrow.

We couldn't agree more - with William Orbit on board, what else can happen ? Here's our best guess -

- Under the Westway is the Record Day promo
- They're back "in full" as the article says
- Playing Olympics with some intimate warm up gigs
- Then possibly an album towards December with Orbit

Also, watch an exclusive Blur rehearsal video 2012 for the Brits below:



Read all about Blur's new album HERE and check out their newest song HERE and read our REVIEW HERE.

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February 16, 2012

World Exclusive- Blur will talk about their plans in NME

NME Magazine's facebook page posted a picture of Blur with some exciting news. It's confirmed to be true by a local newspaper, and this issue coincides with the Brit Awards 2012 - perfect timing for a big announcement!  


Here at BlurBalls, we made a funny poster to pay tribute to the great frontman of Blur (click below to enlarge) !


Let us know what you think will be the announcement by voting below.



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February 11, 2012

Woo Hoo! Blur guitarist confirms NEW BLUR ALBUM 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Graham Coxon has just confirmed Blur will be working on a new album this year, 2012, the year of Blur's big return to music charts and UK music.

And when's that ? Coxon says that the band will start working on new tracks and putting together an eighth studio album, after an 8 year hiatus, after the Brit Awards 2012.

Blur has nominated for Outstanding Contribution Award and will perform several songs together on the stage on the night.

The guitarist, who has just finished a solo album "A+E" to be released in April 2012, paying homage to 80s guitar music and dark tunes of that era, said he "couldn't wait to" rejoin bandmates Damon Albarn, Dave Rowntree and Alex James to make their comeback album.

Graham plans to "lap up" the Brit Awards after their feud with Oasis in 1995 caused them to be intimated by the experience.

An article from Dailyrecord provides good insight into Blur's exciting new album:


“It’s pretty nice to be getting the Brit award", Graham said. “We haven’t planned the rehearsals yet, but there will definitely be another Blur album.

“2009 was an amazing healing experience for us. We were really swept away with it and got a lot out of our systems. We realised how much we still had in common, that we are good friends, that we are brothers.

“We’re always going to meet up and want to play things. We do like recording. Eventually, even if things aren’t around the corner, Blur will do more recordings together. We all love each other and still like making music so that’s not a bad start.”

He added: “I’ve been to the Brits only two or three times. I remember the one where Blur won a lot of Brits and we were, unfortunately, next to the Oasis table. I was getting a lot of gyp from Liam Gallagher. It was all very worrying but it was an amazing night.

“I felt slightly guilty about winning them all. That’s just how I am. I should just have enjoyed it. But I was worried that people would think we were spoilt brats. This time, sod it, I’m just going to lap it up I think.”

Looks like Blur is coming back, and this time, bigger, more mature, steady and better than ever. You heard it first on BlurBalls, the latest, most up to date fan site on the internet. And because we are ecstatic, we made a little poster to celebrate and spread the news... 

Meanwhile, you can buy Graham Coxon's brilliant new album A+E by clicking HERE.


Read all about Blur's new album and find out who's producing the album HERE and check out the other rumours and articles reported by us HERE, HERE and HERE

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February 2, 2012

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon to play together at Brits preview show 2012

GIG NEWS: Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon are going to appear together and perform in the pre-Brit Award show, the War Child's Brits Show 2012. 


The event will take place on February 19th, at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Arena. Damon and Graham has been billed as "special guests" for the show, and this may be the day they announce official plans for a new album, or a new set of songs and tell us what they are doing with William Orbit on board. 


The news of the performance was announced on Blur's official facebook page and a nice poster was included in the exciting post. 


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Allgigs writes: 


Blur's Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon will team up for a very exclusive and acoustic double-act presentation of Blur and solo works, with future hopefuls Dry the River providing support. 


Other groups performing will include Dry the River and Ed Sheeran. 


Tickets, costing £40 will go on sale on Thursday Feb 2nd 2012, at 9am GMT here, in O2's website. All profits will go towards charity War Child


Let us know if you are going by dropping us a line here or in our facebook page.

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January 22, 2012

Blur to produce new record with William Orbit - 2012

This is possibly the most exciting news of January 2012 - Blur is possibly going to collaborate with William Orbit, another English electronic/ alternative record producer who produced Blur's sixth album "13" in 1999, possibly for a new track / record in the making.


On William Orbit's twitter (click to visit) he tweeted the following messages, one to Graham Coxon and one to World Circuit.


The tweet to Graham Coxon seems to suggest that Orbit is meeting with Graham on March 3rd 2012, for a "vocal session".


Then his second tweet clearly says that he will be in the studio with Damon Albarn from Wednesday.


Blur will be performing at the Brit Awards in 2012, and there has been some speculation about whether there will be a practice gig or some warm-up event, and Damon and the gang has been dropping many hints about possibly making records or even an album !


Something's brewing in the Blur-sphere and us fans are getting hints and leads!


You heard it first on BlurBalls.com - we do find out the latest, most up to date news about Blur and Damon's happenings. Don't forget to share the news and drop us a line about what you think of all these "clues" ?


UPDATE: ITS TRUE - William Orbit is IN THE STUDIO with Blur currently, as of Jan 2012 and producing something new! You heard it first on BlurBalls.com! 


On his facebook page dated 13th January:




He updated his facebook page on 22nd January:


Although this Facebook message could refer to the new Madonna album, he revealed in his earlier tweets (above) that he will be in the studio with Damon Albarn from Monday (January 16th 2012).

Orbit won the Q Awards for BEST PRODUCER for Blur's "13" album in November 1999. He is also best known for producing Madonna's album Ray of Light.

UPDATE 23rd Jan: Dave Rowntree tweeted about meeting up with Graham Coxon and the band on 12th Jan:




Its seems there will definitely be new material on the way! 

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