Damon Albarn has said that Blur turned down the opportunity to put on a string of major concerts in celebration of the ‘Parklife’ 25th anniversary because of the Brexit row.
The iconic album, which was released in 1994 and became the centrepiece of the Britpop movement, celebrates its 25th anniversary on April 25th but the band are in no mood to party.
Asked by The Metro if Blur have received any offers to put on some major ‘reunion’ shows, Albarn confirmed the discussions but also revealed that the band had decided to turn them down.
“Yes, they have been. I’d only want to perform that if it was a positive thing,” Albarn explained.
Detailing a little further, Albarn said that if the Brexit situation was to change the band would have been more inclined to ‘celebrate’ their previous work: “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,” he said.
“It was more about our music and culture,” he continued. “That was a bit naive, no question, but it had a funny side, it had to it. 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.”