Damon Albarn wants to write Blur musical

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 October 2011
Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn is interested in writing a musical based on his band Blur's 1995 album 'The Great Escape'

Damon Albarn thinks he could create a Blur musical.

The 43-year-old musician thinks his group's 1995 LP 'The Great Escape' has the right songs to become the basis of a stage production on as it represents a "snapshot" of the time when it was made.

He said: "I've done one English musical, 'The Great Escape' I've always thought that could be a great musical. We wrote that record as we were playing out the Britpop explosion with 'Parklife'. We were in the studio and every day I would go in and write about something that had happened in the papers. So it's a snapshot in time.

"Maybe at the time it was a little bit too arch in its observations because it was too close. But now with the distance it might be a good thing to stage as a period piece."

Damon - who along with his bandmates famously battled Oasis at the height of Britpop - is set to do further work on his opera 'Dr. Dee' and is looking forward to making changes.

Speaking about its recent run in Manchester, he said: "The first day after the run felt a bit empty, but I know it's there and I'm going to do a little bit more work on it, fine tune it here and there. People now know what to expect in a way, so it will be a more interesting run-up to it next year because it will be, 'Oh this is what it is' whereas before it was, 'What the f**k was that.' "

Damon Albarn

Renaissance man Albarn tours his first solo album Everyday Robots.


Seminal Britpop outfit fronted by with an enviable and eclectic backcatlogue of indie hits including 'Country House', 'Parklife', 'Song 2' and 'There's No Other Way'.

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