During the 90’s, there was a constant battle in the UK, who was the best band around? London’s Blur or Manchester’s Oasis? It was all a matter of taste in the end, and both bands decided to hang up their boots and disband.
Since that time, Blur singer Damon Albarn has gone on to do myriad other projects including the very successful Gorillaz. He has toured with Gorillaz consistently during the last 10 years so he obviously still loves life on the road, but in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Albarn told how he avoids playing with Blur like the plague, but then ends up always having the best time with the band on stage.
The London born star formed Blur in 1988 and together with founding members Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree wrote and produced a string of hits including, “Parklife”, “Song 2”, “Coffee & TV”, and “Country House”.
After the heady days of the 90s, the band decided to take a hiatus after 2003’s album Think Tank, but to the band’s legions of fans delight, they reunited six years later for a string of gigs. Then on April 15 this year, Blur released its eighth record, The Magic Whip.
Tonight, Oct 15th, the band is set to perform at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and although the band is sure to set the venue afire, Albarn admitted he doesn’t often look forward to Blur gigs.
Albarn told Rolling Stone, “I still try to avoid it like the plague, to be honest with you. But, something weird happens once I’ve stepped onstage: I just have the best time. And then, as soon as we get off, I say, ‘Never again.’ It’s very strange. There has to be some sort of psychological paper that explains that emotion of trying to not do something; and then doing it, and then loving it; and then as soon as you’ve done it, trying not to do it again.”
With the huge gig in New York looming, Damon did hint at a sense of enthusiasm when talking about, and playing in, the Big Apple.
“I’ve always felt that we deserve at least one reasonably sized gig in New York,” he added. “It’s something we dreamed about back in the early days – you’d hear of someone playing there and think, ‘Christ, that’d be something!’ But we never did it.”
Well, guess what boys, you’ve made it!