Blur's protest song left on the shelf

Blur fans, eagerly awaiting new material from the band, might have been rewarded this summer. Damon Albarn, in a chat with NME, revealed that the foursome had recorded a spoken-word protest song with the poet Michael Horovitz.

The occasion was the threatened cancellation of the Notting Hill Carnival. After the London riots there was some concern that the annual carnival would be scrapped. Blur sprang into the recording studio to voice their dissent.

"The track was relevant for about 12 hours," Albarn admitted. "It was a perfect plea to reinstate the carnival. If they had cancelled the carnival – and thank God they didn't – maybe we'd have put it out."

Fans shouldn't hold their breath; the one-off project does not signal renewed activity from Blur. Albarn admits he is toying with the idea of a US tour in the future, but believes that UK audiences have seen it all before from the band.

It would be surprising if Albarn could find the time for any new Blur initiatives in any case, given his involvement with a multitude of projects at present. He has recently performed in London with his latest band Rocketjuice And The Moon. Tickets for his opera Doctor Dee, which opens in June 2012 at the English National Opera, are on sale from 4 November.

In the meantime. Albarn fans keen to see the man performing, can catch a one-off gig from yet another of his side projects. The Good the Bad and the Queen play in London on 10 November at a show to mark the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace.

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