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Alex James confesses to costly indulgence

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Alex James has confessed to spending over 1 million on champagne and cocaine during the 90s. The Blur bassist admits he blew the fortune on drink and drug-fuelled orgies with groupies during the height of the British band"s fame. Alex revealed in his new book "Bit of a Blur": "During the 90s I must have spent about 1 million on champagne and cocaine, and entertained more women than I can really remember. "One night in 1998 I was staying at the famous Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and managed to get the penthouse suite. "The tour manager found me a Balthazar of champagne - the biggest of bottle that one person can carry. "There were lots of fans milling around the hotel, so I decided to invite the prettiest ones to come up to my room. "I"d calculated I"d need five for a bottle of champagne that big. After ushering them in, I collapsed on the bed and let them cover me in champagne and kisses. I stopped having sex occasionally, but only so that I could have some more drugs."

Meanwhile, Alex recently revealed Graham Coxon could be rejoining Blur. He said: "We"re all heading into the studio together this summer - Graham"s coming too. We"re going to see if we"ve still got it." Graham quit the band in 2002 during the recording of the band"s seventh studio album "Think Tank" in Marrakech, Morocco. The reasons for his departure were believed to be a combination of his unhappiness at singer Damon Albarn"s control over the group"s musical direction and the decision to hire DJ Fatboy Slim as the record"s producer.

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