Damon Albarn "definitely" playing Blur songs during solo shows
10 April 2014, 11:42
Damon Albarn has told Radio X he will "definitely" be playing songs from across his back catalogue when he hits the road in support of his début solo album Everyday Robots.
The Blur frontman has two sold out headline shows in London on 30 April and 1 May before hitting the international festival circuit this summer, including closing this year's Latitude festival in Suffolk.
Last week he played an intimate Radio X session in our London studios in front of a handful of competition winners.
Speaking to Radio X's John Kennedy during the session he admitted he and the band he is touring with - called The Heavy Seas - have been practising more than just songs from Everyday Robots.
"The most exciting thing is that I'm slowly getting all the songs back from various places, from Blur and The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Gorillaz etcetera," he admitted.
"This band are really brilliant at doing that and we've been trying so many different songs. Some of them should always stay where they belong, but some of them - for example, For Tomorrow - I never thought I'd be able to do it in a different way and it's just sounding amazing with this new band.
"A song like This Is Hello, it's fantastic to sing that song just on the piano. It never occurred to me ever to do it like that, so it's interesting. Some of it's a bit of trial and error but there is a lot of material there I've discovered."
Everyday Robots is released at the end of the month, and features collaborations with Bat for Lashes and Brian Eno.
One of the fans in the audience for the Radio X session asked Damon how exactly he came to know the former Roxy Music man and U2 producer.
"I know Brian Eno from the changing rooms of the local gym," Damon admitted.
"When I started to accept that middle age was on its way and I needed to take it in hand I started going to this place and he happened to be there. You know, when you're sitting around reading a newspaper in a towel or whatever, you're just chatting. I got to know him that way, it was really good.
"He's a nice person to meet at any time but especially in the morning before you're going off to do stuff because he just fills your head full of interesting thoughts."