Damon Albarn: ‘Big Day Out would have been Blur’s final gig’


Blur‘s aborted appearance at Big Day Out, pulled after disagreements between the band and organisers, would have been their final live outing according to Damon Albarn.

“This is as frank as I’m prepared to be about what happened,” Albarn has revealed during an interview with the New Zealand Herald. “That was going to be the last Blur show – the end of playing together – and I didn’t want it to finish on anything other than a very positive note, because Blur is incredibly precious to all of us.”

Blur cancelled their Big Day Out commitments around a month before the show was due to hit the road, with organisers offering refunds as Deftones, The Hives and Beady Eye were brought in as late replacements.

They weren’t being straight with me about things, which they needed to be, and at that point I became disillusioned because I didn’t want what we’d done throughout the year, with Blur, to be undermined or tarnished in any way, by a show that wasn’t going to be what we wanted to do,” Albarn continued on the organisers.

While the future of Blur continues to be confusing to say the least, one thing that is clear is the release date of Albarn’s debut solo album proper ‘Everyday Robots‘ – that being April 28th.

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