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Blur will close the London Olympics but don't expect a reunion

by Bert Bernstein. Published Sun 22 Apr 2012 15:26, last updated: 22/04/12

Britpop heavyweights Blur will headline the concert to close the London Olympics in a Best Of British Celebration Concert - but don't expect a reunion.

Alex James, bassist, said: "We are doing Hyde Park, but I don't think Blur will ever make a comeback."

Alex left the group to set up family in his own Country House and become a farmer and cheese maker.
He said: "The first things I now think about when I wake up are cheese and cows."

Blur will perform a new song at the ceremony, Under the Westway, but Damon Albarn said that this might also be the band’s last single.

Damon said: “It’s the first Blur song where it’s been one take. Previously I never finished the lyrics before we recorded – which is quite nice, because I don’t really see any more recordings after this.”

The band first split in 2003, but they got back together in 2009 when they played at several festivals including Glastonbury, Oxegen in Dublin and T in the Park.

After a quarter-century career and a series of speculated splits, the Olympic Ceremony may be the Britpop band’s swan song.

The group, who earlier this year won the Brits Lifetime Achievement award, have decided to commemorate 21 years since the release of debut album Leisure with a deluxe boxset incorporating their entire body of work.

Blur 21 is due for release on July 31 and will feature all of the group's studio albums, five and a half hours of previously unreleased tracks and rarities, three DVDs, a collector's edition book and a limited edition 7" vinyl.

The boxset will be a must-have item for die-hard fans, especially given the fact lead singer Damon Albarn has signalled their Olympics concert in August will be their last ever performance together.



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