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Graham Coxon says Blur will “always be capable” of reforming

Coxon added that Blur are always "capable of doing something interesting"

By Charlotte Krol

Graham Coxon sits on stage while playing the guitar
Graham Coxon. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Udenjan)

Graham Coxon has addressed in a new interview Blur’s chances of reforming.

The Blur guitarist, who also performs solo, was reflecting on the many occasions that his band have reunited after their initial 2003 split, saying that they’ve always made him feel more “grateful” for what they group created together.

Talking to the Rockonteurs podcast about the freedom he felt during the group’s return in 2009, which included a headline Glastonbury set, Coxon said: “It was great because I played [the songs] in a completely different way, I felt more grateful for the situation. I became a little more grateful for what we’d always had.

“I reckon a lot of bands would get that if they had a chance to do that again. It’s why I almost get annoyed with other bands who have been squabbling and not really got it together to have another go. I think it’s kind of sad to hang on to resentments,” he added.

Asked whether Blur are now in “the rear view mirror”, Coxon said: “Alex James is in the passenger seat, prodding me all the time! They’re not in the rear view mirror at all! They’re all sitting in the car with me still, [saying] ‘Shall we do some more?’”

He added of any future reunions: “I actually think that Blur will always be capable of that, and when the time comes around and the stars are aligned, we’ll always be capable of doing something interesting.”

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

Coxon’s comments follow Blur being invited to reunite for a live gig in memory of Food Records’ boss Andy Ross.

Ross died last month at the age of 66 and was known for signing bands including Idlewild, Dubstar and Blur themselves to Food Records in the ’90s.

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, asking if they’d consider taking part in a gig to pay tribute to Ross. “Hey [Blur], what do you say we get Food back together, and do something for Andy? Just a thought x,” they asked.