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Blur reunited over an Eccles cake
Blur in 2008
The band were called Seymour before they were signed by Food Records

Blur's Damon Albarn has revealed that he reunited with guitarist Graham Coxon over an Eccles cake.

The four-piece announced earlier this month that they would reform for two shows in London's Hyde Park next July.

Speaking to Radio 4's Front Row, Albarn said: "We just went for a walk and bought a bun, I think it was an Eccles cake, and sat in a doorway.

"It really felt like it was back to how it was when we were younger," the singer added.

The band's last album, Think Tank, was released in 2003, but only featured Coxon on one song.

It's gonna be either really beautiful or the most horrific mistake ever!
Damon Albarn on Blur's reunion shows

"For me it's all about the fact that I've got my old mate back," said Damon Albarn, who has released two successful albums with Gorillaz.

"We never really split up, we just sort of stopped talking to each other.

"It wasn't money, it wasn't anything like that, it was just two people who really loved each other just found it impossible to communicate any more, and we just left it for 10 years."

'Folky' song

Damon Albarn also revealed that the London gigs, which take place on 2 and 3 July next year, will see the group reinventing one of their most famous songs.

"I am determined to do a version of Country House that works," he said. "Graham playing [a] really nice picky, folky thing and my friend David Coulter playing the whole tune on saw, and letting the audience [sing].

"If there was any song that I really wanted to exercise and be reborn, it would be that one, because, you know, it was such a stupid moment."

The band are set to perform a set of smaller warm-up gigs before the shows, and hope to play the first in Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon's home town of Colchester in Essex.

"It's gonna be really beautiful, hopefully, fingers crossed," the frontman laughed. "It's gonna be either really beautiful or the most horrific mistake ever!"



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