Fact: "Being in Blur is the best job... You go into the dressing room and someone's laid on some super-duper food, there are flowers and the odd freebie. With my solo stuff, there are c**ks drawn on the wall and the loo (toilet) has no seat..." Blur guitarist Graham Coxon notices the lack of luxury on his solo tours.
Quote: "It's good to see Noel win. We had a rivalry in the 90s but that's all in the past. It's good for him and I'm pleased. He seems to be enjoying himself at the minute, too." Blur star Graham Coxon is pleased to see his one-time chart rival, former Oasis star Noel Gallagher, honoured with the Godlike Genius award at Britain's NME Awards on Wednesday (29Feb12).
Fact: Rockers Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon will warm up for the forthcoming Brit Awards by playing an intimate London show for charity. The Blur legends, who will receive the Outstanding Contribution prize at the ceremony on 21 February (12), are set to take to the stage for War Child at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 19 February (12).
Fact: Graham Coxon is to play the first in a line of specially-curated, free shows at London's iconic 100 Club. The former Blur star will perform at the venue on 22 June (11) as part of a sponsorship deal with bosses at sneaker firm Converse, who saved the club from closure earlier this year (11).
Quote: "Blur was playing this summer and I had food poisoning off oysters. I fainted on the stars in the hotel and had a weird fit. I don't trust oysters." Graham Coxon is wary of seafood after a bad batch nearly kept him from performing in Scotland this summer (09).
Quote: "DAMON (ALBARN) will be jangling along with some chords and I'll start banging along and you (Graham Coxon) will join. Our musical cup overflow-eth at the moment. It’s all good." Blur bassist Alex James is looking forward to the reunited group's live dates this summer (09).
Quote: "I celebrated Blur's first number one single by trying to jump out of a window. Our record company threw a huge party, I felt like I was being forced into enjoying the moment. I couldn't handle being part of that crowd so I tried to jump out of a sixth-storey window. It was DAMON (ALBARN, frontman) who talked me out of it." BLUR star Graham Coxon on celebrating their track COUNTRY HOUSE topping the charts in 1995.
Quote: "I've got nothing positive to say about Britpop. The whole thing was a grotesque travesty. It was meant to make Britain look cool but made us all look like a joke. The scene was full of dirty little b**tards trying to get off with my girlfriend all the time." Blur star Graham Coxon hated the 1990s indie-rock era.
Fact: Paul Weller has brought the once-feuding members of Blur and Oasis together in the studio. The former The Jam rocker asked Oasis' Noel Gallagher and former Blur star Graham Coxon to join him as he recorded his new album 22 DREAMS.
Fact: The British supergroup which recorded a track for homeless charity Crisis earlier this year (07) are set to reunite for a one-off gig. Graham Coxon, Supergrass, Babyshambles, DREW MCCONNELL and members of New Young Pony Club are among those set to perform at the gig at London's Roundhouse on 02 March next year (08).
Fact: Paul Weller and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon have enlisted the help of ex-Stone Roses bassist MANI and Oasis drummer Zak Starkey to perform tracks from their new special edition single on a British TV chat show. The supergroup will play on FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS later this week (06Jul07).
Quote: "I wanted to be a footballer or do something with UFOs. But I wasn't much good at football and decided I didn't believe in UFOs." Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon's early ambitions were over before they even began.
Quote: "Part of me wants GRAHAM to be a f**king disaster so he'll come back." Blur bassist Alex James considers sabotaging his former bandmate Graham Coxon's solo career in a bid to lure back the estranged guitarist.