Damon Albarn Loses Passport, But Is Allowed Into U.S.

Aidin Vaziri of The San Francisco Chronicle chatted with Blur frontman Damon Albarn in Los Angeles, shortly after he lost his passport in Mexico… but they still let him in the country. “It’s kind of eerie how many people were Blur fans in the American and British embassies in Mexico City,” he said. “It was probably the best place for me if I was going to lose my work permit and passport to do so. I’ve never had such an easy time. It was actually easier getting my work permit back than it was getting back into the country yesterday, where quite unnervingly I ended up spending an hour and a half in a queue at LAX with a flight from Beijing and Malaysia. What was really unnerving was that everyone had a mask on. Every little cough, I was like, ‘That’s it.’ I’ve been to that part of the world a lot, and when anyone gets even a hint of a cold, they put their mask on. It’s not that unusual, but when everyone has one on, I have to say it’s pretty unnerving.” Read more.

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