Alex James Finds Returning to the Blur More Relaxing Than Parenting

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British band Blur has delighted fans with two new songs featured in the deluxe version of their latest album, The Ballad Of Darren. The album was released on July 21. Blur‘s discography might not be extensive, with only two albums in the past two decades, but the band’s reunions always carry a sense of nostalgia and rekindled connection with their audience.

In addition to their album release, Blur recently treated fans to an intimate BBC Radio Theatre show, where they premiered a new track called “Barbaric” alongside some classic hits for their 300-strong audience. The band has been on a roll, performing back-to-back nights at Wembley Stadium, and they have a special livestreamed gig scheduled at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. The livestream event, set for July 25, will see the band perform The Ballad Of Darren in its entirety.

Blur live at the BBC Radio Theatre. Credit: BBC/Phoebe Fox

Bassist Alex James expressed his delight in returning to Blur, describing it as more “relaxing” than parenting. “Playing the bass in a rock band is the easiest thing, compared to parenting,” he shared. “It actually is relaxing going back into that Blur bubble.” You can listen the full interview below.

The band’s upcoming schedule includes a series of European festival dates and performances in Asia and South America, bringing their signature sound to audiences across the globe. Fans can find tickets and more information about their live performances on Ticketmaster website.

Blur’s ongoing success and ability to reconnect with their audience prove that their music remains a cherished and impactful part of the music industry.