January 10, 2024

Blur To Go On Hiatus Again , Frustrating Fans

Following their latest reunion and the release of "The Ballad of Darren," their ninth studio album, Blur is entering another hiatus. Damon Albarn, the frontman of Blur, in a recent interview with Les Inrockuptibles, a French magazine reported by Far Out Magazine, remarked, “It is time to wrap up this campaign. It’s too much for me. It was the right thing to do and an immense honor to play these songs again, spend time with these guys, make an album, blah-blah-blah.”

This statement follows the band's final live performances in South America last month. Blur, which features Graham Coxon on guitar, Alex James on bass, and Dave Rowntree on drums, has been a significant presence in the music scene.

Despite this pause, Albarn left a window open for Blur's future, as he mentioned to Les Inrockuptibles, “I’m not saying I won’t do it again; it was a beautiful success, but I’m not dwelling on the past.”

For fans, the news of Blur's hiatus must be a mix of disappointment and frustration. Just when they were reveling in the band's resurgence and new rhythms, this pause feels like an abrupt halt to the euphoria. It's a rollercoaster of emotions, from high anticipation to a sudden, uneasy quiet.

The band initially disbanded in 2003 and has since reunited occasionally for shows in the U.K. and internationally, starting in 2009. Reflecting on their recent reunion and new album, Alex James told Rolling Stone, “Blur has always been an effortless, joyous, weightless kind of experience… All the years in the world fall away, and it’s just the four of us and the music in the room, and nothing’s changed since that first rehearsal 35 years ago.”

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Who knows when Blur might pull another surprise album out of the blue? Their history of unexpected comebacks keeps fans on their toes, sparking a thrilling sense of unpredictability.

In addition to Blur's activities, Albarn shared with the French magazine his upcoming projects, including an opera set to premiere in Paris next year and a new collaboration with Jamie Hewlett in India for a forthcoming Gorillaz album.

Meanwhile, guitarist Coxon is preparing to tour the U.K. with The Waeve, his project with Rose Elinor Dougall. They are scheduled to open for Elbow during their 2024 U.K. arena tour.


October 22, 2014

Gorillaz confirmed to make a new album in 2016

We've got great news for all Gorillaz fans. Damon Albarn has just revealed in a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald that his animated band Gorillaz will make a new album i 2016.

In the interview, he mentioned that Gorillaz is already in the process of "reactivating" for a potential 2016 album. This means that fans will be hearing brand new Gorillaz songs as early as next year, and possibly enjoy a full Gorillaz world tour in 2016 after their album release.

If Gorillaz produces a new LP, it would be the band’s fifth album, and first since 2011’s ipad-recorded The Fall.

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But what about his other band Blur? Of this, Damon Albarn said: “I would imagine there’s some kind of future,” he said in the interview, “but at the moment there’s no time for the future – only the present. Who knows? I’m reluctant to say anything, because if I do, it just gets taken out of context and then I’m accused of being a wind-up.”






July 10, 2013

Blur confirms show in Lima, Peru- Latin America Date 2013

Hola Peru! Blur have been officially confirmed to play in Lima, Peru at the Estadio San Marcos Stadium on October 29th 2013large-scaled Blur fan campaign pushing for Blur to come to Latin America have yielded much results: Before announcing Peru, Blur's management also confirmed one month ago via Facebook that they will be adding Brazil to their list of tour venues this year. 


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The message posted a few weeks ago goes: 

Calling all fans in Brazil! Your campaign has not gone unnoticed... Blur are coming to BRAZIL. 
Playing Planeta Terra Festival Sao Paolo on November 9th. 
More information to follow soon.

The band and their management team have been very receptive to call-for-action campaigns from fans this year, even going as far as personally answering fan mail and private messages via Facebook and Twitter. 

Blur visited South America 14 years ago as part of their 1999 world tour. This year marks Blur's most extensive tour of the region, covering countries such as Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil in a bid to please their fans. 


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Tickets for Blur live in Peru will be on sale from Thursday July 4th (11:00 am) on local Ripley and Phantom Music Stores. Those with a Ripley card can enjoy a 20% exclusive discount. 

Don't forget to head over to Blur Peru's Facebook page for more updates. 



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July 3, 2013

Blur confirms place in Argentina's Quilmes Rock Festival

Blur has officially confirmed Argentina as a tour destination as part of their large-scaled 2013 World Tour. The news, which was announced one week ago via the band's official Facebook page, came as no surprise to fans since rumours had been circulating for weeks on forums and fan-sites beforehand.

The festival's name was also revealed. The band will headline one of Argentina's most elaborate and biggest music festivals, the Quilmes Rock Festival on November 2nd 2013 (Saturday).  The festival is a held annually in several venues in Buenos Aires, including the Ferro Stadium and River Plate Stadium. Notable local and international artists, including several Britpop bands, have previously performed at the event.

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Exclusive Presale tickets for the Quilmes Rock Festival are available for French Bank customers from Thursday July 4th at TuEntrada.com. The general public can buy tickets from July 11th on the same site or via telephone services.

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The last time Blur visited Argentina was in 1999 as part of their '13' promotional tours. Fans in Argentina have voiced their delight that the foursome will return to visit the nation in 2013.


February 2, 2011

New Blur Album in 2011

Well, news for all you Blur lovers out there. Good news. The band are planning recording sessions in 2011, and if happy with the results, they will release a new album sometime this year.

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According to a reliable source,  the lads will be getting in the studio next year. There's no concrete plans regarding what they will do with the material, but if they're all agreed it could become the first full Blur album to feature all four members in over a decade.

The band played some huge outdoor shows in the summer of 2009 and briefly reunited again in January this year. They also recorded limited edition single Fool's Day, which was released in April. You can check it out here.

The source added: "When they went into the studio earlier this year everyone was really pleased to discover that the old magic was still there. They would have liked to have done more, but Damon could not take part due to his commitments with GORILLAZ."

"Now that he's finished touring with the band he has more time on his hands."

Looks like we might get Blur back in 2011! What do you guys think - for better or for worse? Do you guys like Fool's Day?

Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/3308801/Britpop-legends-Blur-get-together-for-new-album.html


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