Duncan James interview

Duncan James talks Chanelle Tourish through the band’s highs and lows… by hit song…

All rise: on the height of fame
“We were young boys with all this success, travelling the world. We always turned left on an aeroplane [for first class], we never turned right. Back then we took a lot for granted, you don’t necessarily appreciate stuff when it’s handed to you like that, on a plate.”

No goodbyes: on breaking up, bankruptcy and reuniting
“We’ve gone through so many ups and downs. We’re genuine friends and all of these things make us stronger. We’ve never been a band that’s just given up and given in.”

Too close: on being friends
“We’re like brothers, Simon is the oldest and we call him ‘grandpa Webby’. He’s just cool, you can go to him with any issues you have. Lee [Ryan] is the younger brother, so he’s the one you have to keep an eye on and Antony [Costa] is the middle one. He’s the cheeky chap, always laughing.”

Get down on it: on the band’s musical talents
“A lot of people think that boy bands can’t sing, but anybody who comes to see Blue live will be absolutely blown away by our vocals. We all do theatre. We just enjoy being on stage in any capacity.”

Signed, sealed, delivered, i’m yours: on new music and being blue
“Next year is 15 years of Blue and we have a greatest hits album coming out. We always make good music, we’re all singers. There is nobody carrying anybody in the band.”

Curtain falls: on the future of blue
“Blue have the capacity to keep going as long as we want to go. Our songs are timeless, people will always have some kind of nostalgia for us and our music.”
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