AceShowbiz - Damon Albarn "completely severed" his finger while making pesto.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, he recalled, "I actually cut my finger off last Christmas Eve. I was making a pesto, and I had a hand blender and I just made it. I thought, 'Hmm, that looks good.' "
"But instead of just tasting a bit from the bowl, I decided to stick my finger into the blender, pick it up, and press the button."
"I put it in, pressed the button. Then I had to pull it out, and it completely severed. This was on Christmas Eve.
"So I went to Paddington A&E and they said, 'There's nothing we can do for you. We'll clean it up, but it's going to be at least 10 days.' "
The Britpop icon was devastated when he was told he wouldn't be able to play his beloved piano for 10 days but managed to get his finger sewn back much sooner.
The "Parklife" hitmaker - who releases his new solo project, "[a=The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows", on Thursday (12Nov21) - added, "I said, 'I'm a pianist. I need my finger back.' Anyway, a fantastic surgeon ... was found on Christmas Day, and on Boxing Day, I got it sewed back on."
In a previous interview, the musician explained his new album title. He singled out a line from poet John Clare's "Love and Memory", adding, "I wanted the whole record to have a strong poetic feel. Its mood demands it."