Damon Albarn, the prolific frontman of Britpop icons Blur, has opened the door to another reunion with his former bandmates by admitting: “I can’t wait to sing ‘Parklife’ again”.
For Blur, a band who originally formed in London in 1988 and have released albums sporadically ever since, their last major release came back in 2015 with their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip, a record which ended a 12-year hiatus and reunited the original line-up.
Coming off the back of that record—which hit number one on the official UK album charts—Albarn and his Blur bandmates toured extensively before rounding things off with a major performance at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix in November 2015, an event which marked the beginning of yet another prolonged break for the band.
However, while Albarn has hinted at the comeback in recent years, most notably in 2018 when he said: “I’d hate to think I’d never play with those musicians again”, the singer has yet again talked up the possibility of getting the old gang back together.
After being asked by MusicWeek if Blur had played their final show, Albarn said: “I really hope not. 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.”
Albarn, who very rarely sits down for long, has been feverishly busy since Blur played their last show in 2015. After creating his Africa Express project, the musician has also released numerous releases with his band Gorillaz as well as returning to reform his supergroup The Good, the Bad & the Queen.