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Blur Says They Would Have Replaced Foo Fighters At Glastonbury

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Blur says that, despite some rumors, the band was "never" set to play Glastonbury, although "we would have replaced Foo Fighters at Glastonbury if we could." Dave Rowntree dished to NME backstage at British Summer Time Festival in London's Hyde Park on Saturday.

Rowntree added, "It's the most fun festival in Europe really. The crowd are really brought in to what is going on on the stage."

The Foos canceled after Dave Grohl fractured his leg in a performance during a show on June 12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, prompting the band to cancel their full slate of European dates.

Foo Fighters American shows are still scheduled to begin on July 4. "Dave's full recuperation time," a band press release noted, "is still to be determined."

Meanwhile, Florence + The Machine have been tapped as the new headlining act on the opening night of Glastonbury.

"Once we heard the sad news that Foo Fighters had been forced to pull out, there was only one person we wanted to call and that was Florence," Emily Eavis, a co-organizer of Glastonbury, said. "Every time she has played here she's done something spectacular and we always knew she would headline the Pyramid one day."

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