Now that his long overdue solo debut (Everyday Robots, due out April 29 through Warner Bros.) is about to hit shops, Damon Albarn has opened up about his future plans with Gorillaz and Blur. Speaking to NME for this week’s cover story, Albarn denied reports that a cancelled Big Day Out gig would have been the latter’s absolute last.
“I said it’s the last gig of a brilliant period we spent doing these gigs,” he explained, “and we didn’t want to sully it by going to something that was badly organized and where things weren’t as they should have been. Everything is good between us all. I’m sure we’ll play again at some point. It’d be mad to go the rest of our life and never play any of those songs again.”
In the meantime, the next Gorillaz record is merely a matter of wrapping the surplus of new material Albarn has on the back burner. NME also shared this revelation: Albarn and former nemesis Noel Gallagher have discussed the very real possibility of cutting a record together.
“It’s not anything to get excited about yet,” Albarn said. “I mean, he’s doing his thing. He’s finishing a new record. I’ve got my record coming out, but the principle of us making music together is something … you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once.”
Which is better than not at all! Or whatever Noel’s brother Liam is doing right now. Here are the three singles that have already been unveiled from Albarn’s solo LP — including an Eno collaboration! — and footage of the frontman burying the hatchet with Gallagher at a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit last year…