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Damon Albarn looks forward to more Blur shows

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Damon Albarn is open to playing more Blur shows.

The Britpop legends haven't toured together since their 2015 run in support of their comeback LP, 'The Magic Whip', but the 52-year-old frontman reunited with his bandmates Dave Rowntree, Alex James and Graham Coxon at his Africa Express show in his hometown of Leytonstone last year.

The 'Song 2' hitmaker has admitted he cannot wait to get to perform their iconic hit 'Parklife' on stage again.

He told Music Week: "I love doing those gigs, they're great, but it's not something I need to do. I only do it because there's a joy in doing it.

"It's an absolute treat. I can't wait to sing 'Parklife' again."

The Gorillaz star previously revealed he turned down offers to reunite with Blur to mark the 25th anniversary of their seminal LP, 'Parklife', because of Brexit.

The classic 1994 album, which turned 25 on April 25, 2019, was released in a time coined 'Cool Britannia' when there was a sense of optimism in the UK, following the tumultuous 70s' and 80s', and Damon didn't feel it was right to celebrate the record at the time, when the country was facing leaving the European Union under the helm of then-Prime Minister Theresa May.

Asked if the band had been asked to play shows for the milestone year of 'Parklife' - which, along with rival band Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe', was one of the most defining records of the Britpop era - he replied: "Yes, they have been. I'd only want to perform that if it was a positive thing. Say we got to the point of having a second referendum, then I would be happy to play that record as a celebration and as a way of reminding ourselves of a time when we had an idea of Britishness that wasn't political.

"It was more about our music and culture. That was a bit naive, no question, but it had a funny side, it had a humour to it, and was satirical in some parts.

"So I'm not against performing that album, but I wouldn't want to do it if I felt like it was just about money."

The Good, the Bad & The Queen star quipped that it would take a second referendum for the band to play songs from 'Parklife'.

He laughed: "Well, if you want to be that crude about it."


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