Blur pulled out of the headlines at the Beauregard Festival in France this week due to an injury to Dave Rowntree, leaving their return to Wembley Stadium this weekend in doubt.
The Charmless Man hitmakers were scheduled to perform at the music festival at Château de Beauregard on Thursday, but the drummer suffered a knee injury last weekend.
In a translation from French, a post on the Beauregard Festival’s Twitter account read: “The bad news has just arrived: Blur will not be able to perform their concert at Beauregard.”
‘Dave Rowntree, the drummer, was injured this weekend and must rest for future concerts’
Royal Blood will take Blur’s place at the French festival.
Oh no: Blur pulled out of a starting spot at the Beauregard Festival in France this week due to an injury to Dave Rowntree, leaving their return at Wembley Stadium this weekend in doubt.
Tough: The Charmless Man hitmakers were scheduled to perform at the music festival at Château de Beauregard on Thursday, but the drummer suffered a knee injury last weekend.
Blur will perform at Wembley this Saturday and Sunday.
Girls and Boys, also made up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James, have yet to comment on the injury or the date of the festival.
Their representative has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
Alex recently recounted how he cried when Blur, whose last headlining shows came in 2015, packed Wembley Stadium in two minutes.
He told Red magazine: “You never really know until you put a show up for sale if someone is interested.” It’s very emotional.
“I am absolutely delighted that everything is back and I love you all like brothers.”
When not with the band, Alex keeps busy on the farm where he lives with his wife Claire and their five children, but he admits that adjusting between the two vastly different lifestyles can be tricky.
He laughed: ‘The last time I left, I dropped the kids off at school and flew to Mexico City, where there were thousands of people waiting for us at the airport and hotel.
“When we got to the venue, a stadium, it was huge.
News: In a translation from French, a post on the Beauregard Festival Twitter account read: “Bad news has just arrived: Blur will not be able to perform their concert at Beauregard.”
Hush: The Girls and Boys group, also made up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James, have yet to comment on the injury or the festival date (reverse photo)
Popular: Blur formed in London in 1988 and the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree (seen in 2015)
“But then you come home and you have to wash up and the kids are like, ‘Dad, stop being a jerk.’ ‘
Although the London-based band never formally broke up, Blur announced they would be taking a hiatus again seven years ago, shortly after the release of their latest album The Magic Whip.
And last November, Damon didn’t rule out the idea of a band reunion in an interview with NME.
The 54-year-old musician admitted that despite being very busy, nothing is ruled out, but he did not want to “harden” the reunion to anyone unnecessarily.
‘When it happens, I’ll be in makeup. When necessary, I will,’ she said.
The singer-songwriter, who arrived on the music scene in 1998 when Blur was formed, is also a member of the alternative band Gorillaz.
Wishes: It comes after Damon last November didn’t rule out the idea of a band reunion in an interview with NME (Damon pictured above performing at France 2018)
Damon said he believed music is “sick,” and has been at the back of the line since the pandemic began, but he was optimistic about new Gorillaz music.
“I’ve been working on carnival-themed music with Gorillaz with a lot of people from West London.
“We’re really going back to the spirit of the first record,” he revealed.
Their self-titled first album, released in 2001, reached number 3 in the UK charts and was so successful that it earned them a Guinness Book of World Record entry for ‘most successful virtual band’.