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Blur invited to reunite for gig in memory of Food Records’ boss Andy Ross

The Food Records boss has died at the age of 66

By Elizabeth Aubrey

Damon Albarn (Picture: Cecil, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Blur have been invited to reunite for a live gig in memory of Food Records’ boss Andy Ross.

Ross died this week at the age of 66 and was known for signing bands including Blur, Idlewild, Dubstar and more to Food Records in the 1990s.

Blur were invited to reunite for the memorial gig by their former Food Records label mates, Jesus Jones.

Paying tribute to Ross on Twitter, Jesus Jones wrote: “We’re heartbroken at the loss of Andy Ross, one half of the mighty Food Records.

“Without him, we’d have never been able to do what we did. We’ll always be grateful, and we’ll always miss him. Goodbye boss xxx.”

They later reached out to Blur on Twitter, asking if they’d consider taking part in a gig to pay tribute to Ross.

They wrote: “Hey [Blur], what do you say we get Food back together, and do something for Andy? Just a thought x.”

In a further tweet, they also asked all Food Records bands, including Idlewild, if they’d like to take part too.

Ross became a music journalist while still working a full time job at the Inland Revenue in the 1980s. He later left his job there to focus on heading up Food Records and his work as a part-time journalist.

Ross signed Blur in March 1990 after seeing them perform at the Islington Powerhaus a few months earlier.

Blur released six albums via Food Records; it was later bought out by EMI in 1994.

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree was among those paying tribute to Ross yesterday (January 25) when news broke of his passing.

“Really sad to learn of the passing of my friend and mentor Andy Ross. He was one of the good ones – generous, warm, and kind.”