Blur manager Chris Morrison confirmed today (Sept. 6) that the Britpop act is in talks with Graham Coxon on the next phase of the band, fueling speculation that the guitarist is to exit the quartet.
Blur manager Chris Morrison confirmed today (Sept. 6) that the Britpop act is in talks with Graham Coxon on the next phase of the band, fueling speculation that the guitarist is to exit the quartet. "Blur and Graham are currently contemplating and deciding among themselves what the future arrangements will be," Morrison said in a statement. He adds that the band is currently in the studio -- minus Coxon -- preparing material for a new Virgin album.
Fatboy Slim, who has produced some of the sessions, told the Irish Evening Session newspaper that "Graham has left" Blur and that he did not participate in the songwriting for the project. According to Blur's official Web site, the band traveled to Marrakesh last week "to finish the album" without Coxon's assistance.
Coxon was apparently unaware of the trip, telling the U.K.'s NME, "I'm not particularly involved in what's happening with the Blur record now because they're doing a lot of other things and I'm just doing my own record really." That set, titled "The Kiss of Morning," while be the guitarist's fourth solo album for his Transcopic label.
The new Blur set will be the follow-up to 1999's "13," which debuted at No. 80 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 136,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A Virgin spokesperson had no comment on the matter.