May 9, 2003 -
London Loves Blur!
BLUR frontman DAMON
ALBARN revealed onstage during the
band's triumphant LONDON
comeback last night (May 8) that he and estranged
guitarist GRAHAM COXON are
Albarn said he and
his old friend met up at bass player Alex
James' recent wedding and that "we
had a nice time". The singer has been
reported as saying recently that he does not
anticipate the split, which occurred during
sessions for the group's new album 'Think
Tank', being permanent.
Last night's show saw Blur's
core trio of Albarn, James
and drummer Dave Rowntree
augmented by guitarist Simon Tong,
a percussionist, keyboard player and three
The set was drawn mainly form new LP
'Think Tank' including a double
helping of the minute-long punk thrash of 'We've
Got A File On You', but a number of old
favourites were played, with every one of the
band's seven albums represented, with the
exception of 1991 debut 'Leisure'.
Among the surprises were a rare
outing for 'The Great Escape''s 'Top
Man', which Albarn said
"should have been a single", and 'Parklife''s
'Badhead'. But the hits weren't
ignored - and the 2,000 capacity crowd responded
enthusiastically to the likes of 'Girls
& Boys' and 'Song 2',
as well as joining in a rendition of 'Happy
Birthday' for drummer Dave
Blur play another
four sold-out nights at the venue from tonight
(May 9, 10, 12, 13).
You can see a gallery of pics from
last night's show on the NME.COM
The set was:
Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club'
In Your Leg'
The Way To The Club'
Got A File On You'
Is A Low'