Damon Albarn in 2019: Gorillaz, Blur, or The Good, The Bad & The Queen?

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Gorillaz
Foto: Kamiel Scholten / Festileaks (Lowlands 2018)

Gorillaz just ended the European leg of the tour promoting their latest album The Now Now, only two months after its release. They will play North America in October and then remains one question: what will Damon Albarn do next?

Damon Albarn is one of these artists who have so much to express that they do solo stuff in addition to playing in multiple bands and doing collaborative music (like Africa Express). So each year, the same question comes back: what path will he take this time?

The Good, The Bad & The Queen

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Albarn gave us a hint in a recent interview with Radio FM4: “In October, after I play in America, then I’m starting The Good, The Bad & The Queen again.” This supergroup, formed by Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, is rumoured to bring out a new album soon. This could be followed by a tour around the European festivals next summer.

Gorillaz

Foto: Kamiel Scholten / Festileaks (Lowlands 2018)

However, in the same Radio FM4 interview, Albarn reveals he already started working on the next Gorillaz album as well: “If I get the time, or if anyone wants it, it’s there.” This comes as a surprise, as the virtual band’s two latest albums were only released earlier this year and in 2017.

Blur

In another interview, with The Sun, Albarn did not exclude the possibility of reuniting Blur.  He said: “A reunion is never not a possibility. I think most definitely at some point we’ll play those songs again”. However, he might just be stating what everyone already knows. He also said that “it has just got to be the right time”. Still, there may be more to it than just wishful thinking. A few days ago, Blur’s snapchat account got active, with the band’s Twitter account promoting it. “Follow the official Blur Snapchat to keep up with the latest updates,” is the message. This means there will be updates, right?

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Akram is a 26yo living in Montréal. After visiting Sziget Festival in 2014 (and 2015, and 2016), his love for live music started ascending and is yet to peak. His favorite bands are Arcade Fire, Radiohead, M83, Big Thief, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens...

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