Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, 29 Nov 2015

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by Rosie » 30 Nov 2015, 08:34

Legless Owl wrote: Is it just me or does anyone else feel kinda depressed??
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A chapter is closing...

I just hope there'll be be plenty others before we reach the last page of the book...
Yes, it's quite sad also for me....
I discovered Blur only 2 years ago, in this time the had become my favourite band ever, and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see them live and Damon in his solo tour.
This chapter is ending, but also if Blur are my personal number one, I'm looking forward also to every other Damon's project, and Gorillaz are coming..... :D

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by Legless Owl » 30 Nov 2015, 09:13

I discovered them when I was a teen back in the 90s but never got the chance to see them live until this year and I consider myself very lucky to have seen them twice (Secret gig in march and Paris in June) but I already "miss" them.

I don't care much about Gorillaz but I'm a huge fan of Graham's solo work (I'm actually more a fan of his music than of Blur's, even though I love Blur too) and hopefully it won't be long until he releases a new album :-) I'm really looking forward to it!
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Post by JAIME » 30 Nov 2015, 13:18

Consigliere_11 wrote:They did indeed play Country House for the first time in a while - Damon said it is a small Christmas gift for the audience :lol:
They played only three ( THREE ) songs from TMW: Go Out, Lonesome Street and TIWAS. Such a shame. Most of the Parklife was played, as well as other hits. As much it is a standard list, I'm so happy that I could them for the second time in my life - and in their last show for some time! This is a truly amazing experience - race, concerts and all the great stuff
Glad you enjoyed it the whole experience. In these situations, probably the setlist is not the most important thing. It must have been a very emotional night.
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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by murfman04 » 30 Nov 2015, 14:50

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/blur/2015 ... 297da.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Kibarry wrote:Any sign of a set list?

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by Petter » 30 Nov 2015, 22:57

There's a clip of End of a Century on youtube from this gig so that one was played as well..

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by rich » 01 Dec 2015, 01:32

local review: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/mus ... irited-set" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by murfman04 » 01 Dec 2015, 02:45

rich wrote:local review: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/mus ... irited-set" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Cheers for that! an intersting read!!

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by dparrott » 01 Dec 2015, 04:07

OMG Country House! Hope to hear that!

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by oohyehyeh » 01 Dec 2015, 07:33

this might have been posted already but dave said they decided to play abu dhabi in part for smoggy! lovely.

"Smoggy, who has been with us for 25 years is a huge F1 fan and one of the reasons we decided to end the tour in Abu Dhabi was that he is having a big birthday this year and we couldn’t think of a better present or a more fun way to celebrate."

http://www.themiddleeastmagazine.com/wp ... ks-to-tme/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by davidsutter » 01 Dec 2015, 07:37

And of course Damon would use any excuse to check out a strange country.
I'd expect that influence to show up in whatever he does next.

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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by JAIME » 01 Dec 2015, 15:56

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/blur-give ... y-send-off" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Blur gives UAE F1 fans a happy send-off

Anam Rizvi and Rob Garratt

November 30, 2015 Updated: November 30, 2015 02:01 PM

The Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend closed triumphantly on Sunday night with a performance from reformed Britpop icons Blur.

Playing live for the first time in more than a month, there was no sign of rust as the band kicked off with the slow, stomping opener Go Out, taken from this year’s The Magic Whip — but sounding far rawer and rockier in this live environment.

Making their UAE debut, singer Damon Albarn trounced around the Du Arena stage in a black leather jacket, while Graham Coxon slashed sound collages chords from his guitar.

“It’s a shame Lewis (Hamilton) didn’t win,” Albarn told the crowd wryly. “But he is the champion.”

Anyone thirsty for vintage material was quickly quenched with the follow-up There’s No Other Way, the band’s first-ever UK hit, from 1991.

While many established bands lose members or rely on rafts of backing musicians in the wings, it was refreshing to see Blur begin the night with the same four men who formed the band in London nearly three decades ago.

Backed by keys and four backing singers, bassist Alex James stood cooly stage right, while drummer Dave Rowntree kept the beat.

After going on to find fame and notoriety at the forefront of the UK’s mid-1990s “Britpop” movement, Blur disintegrated in 2003, only to reform for a first round of reunion gigs in 2009.

This year the band released their first new album for 12 years, the critically acclaimed The Magic Whip. The album’s biting opening track, Lonesome Street, sounded biting performed here in the capital.

The album’s biting opening track, Lonesome Street, offered a convincing case for Blur’s vitality, when performed here for the tired post-race crowd.

Anyone who doubted the continued relevance of this influential act should have been easily silenced on the basis of this performance alone.

Excited residents and visitors had queued outside du Arena for hours to enter the grounds ahead of the concert.

One such fan was Rupert Connor, a Briton who lives in Dubai. Dressed in a blue T-shirt with the band’s name on it, Mr Connor said he was excited to see his favourite band.

“I grew up in the ’90s and listened to Blur as a teenager. In 1994-97, they were the biggest band for me, and I have been following them ever since,” he said.

Mr Connor watched Blur perform in Hyde Park six years ago and this was the second time he got to see them perform live.

“I have their latest album playing in my car and it would be good if they played some songs from it,” he said.

Mouzna Moosa, from Oman, came to Abu Dhabi for the event.

“It’s very exciting to see a British band performance. My sister booked the tickets for me as a gift. Damon Albarn is my favourite. I’m really excited to be here,” she said.

The Muscat resident had attended the concerts through the weekend and said “the organisation could be better”.

“The first two days we just went from gate to gate. There’s a lot of traffic and it’s difficult to find a taxi and find someone who gives you the right directions,” Ms Moosa said.

While humming one of the band’s songs, Lisa Corbett, from Britain, remembered the peak of her fanhood, in the ’90s.

“The last time I watched Blur perform was approximately 15 years ago and it’s nostalgic to watch them perform today. They were very popular in the ’90s in the UK and I used to listen to them a lot,” Ms Corbett said.

Many concertgoers were stuck in a traffic jam for hours on Sunday evening while heading to the festivities and again leaving the race.

Karl Gheewala, an Indian, was stuck in the traffic after the race ended.

“The organisation is OK, but the traffic is not. I have been stuck in traffic for an hour. We got on a shuttle bus that was supposed to take us to the parking, but we have been stuck here,” the Dubai resident said.

Earlier in the evening upcoming UK singer-songwriter Barns Courtney served up a spirited solo acoustic set, closing with Fire, his breakout hit from recent Bradley Cooper movie Burnt.
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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by JAIME » 01 Dec 2015, 21:16

There's No Other Way (only 1 minute): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN6-v6GFxuo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Go Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffyVt0NykBQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Song 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FztcIW49fhA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Gig: Yasalam, Abu Dhabi, Nov 29

Post by murfman04 » 01 Dec 2015, 21:40

Country House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkA3KIAGF7I" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Grahams "Blow me out" bit :D

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Post by Petter » 01 Dec 2015, 22:33

Petter wrote:There's a clip of End of a Century on youtube from this gig so that one was played as well..
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_yMvHswntU" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Legless Owl » 02 Dec 2015, 05:01

murfman04 wrote:Country House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkA3KIAGF7I" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Grahams "Blow me out" bit :D
love it! :lol: :lol:

It's 6am here, I really should go to bed but I'm watching this. Hadn't heard the song in a long time as it's not a fav of mine but for some reason it just put a big smile on my face and made me very happy. I guess there are songs that were so overplayed you can hardly stand them anymore but when you hear them after a while, it's like listening to them for the first time again and you realise they're actually nice songs :)
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