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Interview:
James Blunt at Little Caesars Arena, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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James Blunt locked into a career with his 2004 debut “Back To Bedlam” -- and especially with his worldwide hit “You’re Beautiful.” But he’s hardly rested on his laurels during the intervening years.

The British army veteran has released four more studio albums, including this year’s “The Afterlove,” and has sold more than 20 million copies of those around the world. He’s won Brit Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Ivor Novello Awards and has an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Bristol.

He’s also good pals with Ed Sheeran -- never bad company to keep. He collaborates on two tracks from “The Afterlove” and also enlisted Blunt (nee Blount) to open for him on his current tour, which is proving to be a good time for all concerned...

• It’s been more than seven months since Blunt, 43, released “The Afterlove,” and he’s still high on what he accomplished this time out. “I knew in my heart it was the strongest album I’ve ever written, some of the most meaningful and accomplished songs I’ve ever done,” he says by phone from Washington, D.C. “I knew it doesn’t have a single like ‘You’re Beautiful;’ I probably never will have another one like that again. But I’m playing a bunch of new songs for this audience that’s never heard them, and they’re going, ‘Wow, I really love that...’ What’s funny is there’s a song I hated called ‘OK’ that my record label wanted on the album but I wouldn’t. Some DJ (the Bluntys) heard it and made it a single as ‘featuring Jams Blunt’ and it was a hit throughout Europe and it’s my new single in the U.S. and it went to No. 1 on the Billboard dance chart, so I’m singing it every day. But I’m very grateful to (Schulz) for having pulled it out of the ashes.”

• Hitting the road with Sheeran, Blunt says, is “not too bad, you know. It’s a pretty awesome gig to have. He’s the biggest male solo artist in the world; I’m his bitch. I get up on stage for 40 minutes before him and then get off and have advance drinking time before he’s done. I’m having a blast. It’s definitely not a sober tour. We’re having great fun.”

* Nevertheless, Blunt assures us that “I really know my place, and I know they bought tickets to see him and not me. And I know they probably only know one song of mine, so I’ve got to get up and show them what I can do. But I do have 10 years of touring under my belt. If you want to get an audience going, which is what I see as my job on this tour, I feel confident I can do that. More than anything I’m out there to have fun and enjoy it and tell people, ‘Hey, we’re here to have a really fun evening!’”



• If You Go: Ed Sheeran and James Blunt perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are still $39.50-$99.50. Call 313-471-7000 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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