Blur Question the Possibilty of Touring America
Blur have been everywhere over the last couple months, dishing out tastes from their highly anticipated new album, The Magic Whip. With their first new disc in over 12 years due soon (April 28), fans everywhere are hoping for the chance to see the Parklife boys in concert, but for U.S. fans, that might not be on the docket.
"I'd like to, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," singer Damon Albarn told Rollling Stone. "I’m up for doing a bit of touring, but there’s a great question mark when it comes to America with Blur for me." Though they made some headway during the Britpop boom of the mid-'90s, Blur never took American audiences by storm the way they had hoped.
Since reuniting in 2009, they've done a fair share of concerts across the globe, but only two quick stops in the states. Both of those concerts, at Coachella, were triumphant celebrations, but Albarn and company are still unsure where they stand in the U.S. marketplace. "I spent a long time when I was younger, traveling and doing it the right way in America, and always feeling very frustrated with the brick wall that we always seemed to hit," Albarn said. "Partly through our own attitude, and partly through it not really being the right climate for us. I don't know if that’s the case now. It may not be."
Blur's highest charting American release was their 1997 self-titled album, which spawned the hit, "Song No.2". Albarn found greater success in America with his other band, Gorillaz, whose first three albums all hit the Top 20 "I love America," he adds, "It's had a profound effect on me. It's really up to whether anyone likes [the new album] over there. That's my attitude. If you like it, we might come over. If you don't. I wouldn't want to arrive with my suitcase and wide eyes to indifference. Why would you?"