In a new radio interview, Blur frontman Damon Albarn said that the band will not tour their new album. Damon Albarn and co. are set to release their upcoming album, ‘The Ballad Of Darren’ on Friday (July 21). It’s their first full-length LP since 2015’s ‘The Magic Whip’.
Blur’s Dave Rowntree has shared his opinion of Labour leader Keir Starmer in a new interview with NME.
The Britpop veteran recently took part in the latest NME’s Does Rock N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! series when he was asked to recall key moments from throughout his career, including his work in politics.
Alongside his role as the drummer for Blur, Rowntree has also had a successful career in politics throughout much of the 21st Century – even going as far as to be elected as a Labour Councillor in Norfolk in 2017.
Now, following his time in the role, which came to an end in 2021, the musician revealed his thoughts on current Labour leader, Keir Starmer.
“Well, the test is at General Elections,” he began, discussing how well he thinks the figurehead is faring with the public. “If he wins the General Election, he’ll be widely touted as the most visionary Labour leader of modern times and will join the incredibly small number of Labour leaders who’ve gone on to become prime minister.”
“If he loses, he’ll be regarded as an idiot who wrecked the Labour Party and achieved nothing,” he continued. “That’s how politics works – it’s pointless saying how he’s doing at the moment. The purpose of being the leader of the Labour Party is to win the General Election. He’s either going to do it or he isn’t.”
Blur recently wrapped their two back-to-back performances at London’s Wembley Stadium earlier this month.