Blur Reunites For U.K. Gigs

Blur is reuniting and ready to play London, says U.K. mag NME.

Blur hasn’t played since 2002, when guitarist Graham Coxon quit the band. The original lineup is set to headline a show in Hyde Park, London, July 3 but more dates will likely be on the books. One source told Pollstar that a appearance is likely.

“It just felt it was right again,” vocalist/guitarist Damon Albarn told the magazine. “It somehow feels like there’s something for us to do again. We’re not completely useless or pointless, we’ve got a reason to exist.”

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Blur’s Damon Albarn gets close to the fans at London’s Brixton Academy.

Coxon agreed, explaining the band was “making public what’s been going on a little bit privately. For the benefit of the fans and those interested we can say that something’s on the cards.”

As for dates outside of the U.K., who knows? But as far as Albarn’s concerned, “We’ll do something in London because that seems sensible,” he told NME. “But we’re also playing in other parts of the country working up to there.”

Blur formed in 1989 and battled Oasis for dominance of British pop culture but didn’t break through in the U.S. until “Song 2” hit the charts in 1999.