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Albarn: Blur gigs healed deep wound

Published 15/06/2010 | 05:21

Damon Albarn said he feels great about the reunion gigs
Damon Albarn said he feels great about the reunion gigs

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has said the band's reunion gigs last summer healed a deep wound - but "that's that" for now.

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The four-piece headlined Glastonbury as part of a string of concerts which also included packing out London's Hyde Park - and T In The Park - despite guitarist Graham Coxon being stricken with food poisoning.

"I feel great about those shows," Albarn told the Radio Times. "They healed a very deep wound for all four of us. T In The Park was one of the most insane days, I have to say. Graham was in hospital until an hour-and-a-half before we were supposed to be on stage. It was a brilliant reception. But that's that for the moment."

The band's first new release in seven years - Fool's Day - created massive interest when it hit independent record shops in limited numbers in April.

In May, Albarn revealed plans in the NME for the band to record more new songs, but said it wouldn't be possible to record a whole album in the near future.

Albarn will top the bill at Glastonbury for the second year in a row - this time with Gorillaz - after U2 were forced to drop out of the headline slot.

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis told how the music world rallied round after U2 pulled out due to Bono's spine surgery.

"Funnily enough, Gorillaz got in there first," he added. "It sounds like a really interesting thing, and they have the most amazing guests they're going to bring on, who shall remain nameless."

:: The full interviews are in the latest issue of the Radio Times.

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