Alex James wants to work with Johnny Marr

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 August 2012
Alex James

Alex James launches The Big Feastival

Blur bassist Alex James loves performing and says he wants to make music "properly" next year

Alex James wants to work with Johnny Marr,

The 43-year-old bassist says his group Blur's recent string of shows - which culminated in a huge gig in London's Hyde Park to coincide with the end of the London Olympics - has inspired him to perform more but he admits he is quite "picky" about who he would collaborate with.

Alex told the Daily Star newspaper: "Although I hadn't done it for a while, I know what to do in Blur.

"Playing the bass in a rock and roll band is a straight-forward activity - you just have to stand still.

"I'd like to do something next year. I'm no frontman, so a solo album wouldn't work. I'm picky and it's a big commitment to make music properly.

"More than anyone else, I'd like to play with that new band of Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr - that's what I call a f*****g supergroup."

The star has recently been playing bass with Florence + The Machine, New Order's Bernard Sumner and Dexys as well as touring with Blur, and he revealed that taking a break from his family life on a cheese farm has been a welcome change.

Alex said: "Going on stage is such a rush. The travelling is exhausting but it's a huge fountain of energy up there.

"Besides, I've got five kids, so it was nice to just sit around in dressing rooms."

Alex is hosting The Big Feastival at his Oxfordshire farm this weekend (01.09.12) alongside Jamie Oliver.

Paloma Faith, Razorlight and Texas are playing and good friends Alex and Jamie are set to perform as Farm Lovin' Criminals.

Johnny Marr

Former Smiths guitarist, who's stuck to his indie credentials by gracing the stage with the likes of The Cribs, Dinosaur Jr and Modest Mouse.

Barrowland, Glasgow

Thu 15 Nov

£26 / 0141 552 4601

Brighton Dome

Fri 9 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01273 709709

Cardiff University

Thu 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 07806 875983

The Great Hall

£29.38 / 07806 875983

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