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Blur "Certainly Going To Rehearse" In 2009, Says Damon Albarn

November 25, 2008 4:22 PM ET

This is probably the umpteenth time we're reporting news like this, but according to Damon Albarn, he and his Blur bandmates will all enter the studio in 2009. "Blur are certainly going to rehearse and see if we're into it," Albarn told the BBC this afternoon. Guitarist Graham Coxon, who left the band while they were worked on 2003's Think Tank, also factors into the reunion equation. The band reconnected numerous times this year in non-musical situations this year, first meeting for lunch and then attending Albarn's performance of his Monkey: Journey to the West at London's O2 Arena. If Blur were to reunite for albums and the lucrative festival season, they'd have to compete for Albarn's time with his other project Gorillaz, as Albarn stated in September he hopes to begin work on the follow-up to 2005's Demon Days in January.

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