Gallagher and Albarn apparently put their well-publicized hostility behind them after a chance meeting in London last year. Last March, the pair’s reconciliation went one step further when they performed together at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig. They were joined by guitarist Graham Coxon and the legendary Paul Weller, creating a one-off supergroup. The band played Blur’s 1999 hit ‘Tender,’ with Gallagher joking that he had agreed to perform the song because it was ‘easy to play on guitar.’ Last month, James claimed Albarn and Gallagher are ‘like best mates now.’ He continued, ‘I think we realized we’re all on the same side eventually.’
The budding friendship between these two prolific artists clearly should lead to a musical collaboration. Sure enough, during an interview before Blur’s headline set at last week’s Sziget Festival in Budapest, James alluded to a potential future partnership between the former enemies. When asked about the legendary Blur and Oasis rivalry, he said, ‘Damon and Noel Gallagher are working together on a lot of stuff, so whatever was back then is not relevant anymore. But we have to add that young bands today are all very nice. We were totally intolerable.’ Whether the collaboration means new material or other projects is not currently clear. Unfortunately, James failed to elaborate on what he meant by the pair ‘working together,’ and he was not pressed for further details.
James recently admitted that he has ‘no idea’ how long Blur will remain together. Their lack of band communication and their busy schedules have made the decision making process difficult. But, he said that the joy of performing is still a great motivation. ‘It’s a source of delight to all of us that our music endures. We get excited when we play.’ Blur have a series of South American shows scheduled for autumn and tour dates for Japan, New Zealand, and Australia in early 2014. It was reported in July that Blur would begin to work on a highly-anticipated new album, which would be their first since 2003′s Think Tank. Sessions will commence after Albarn releases his first solo studio LP. We’ll have to wait to see how these live dates and the intended follow-up will factor in to Blur’s future plans.