2007 - NME.com:
Damon Albarn to lead
anti-nuclear protest tonight
Star will be singing against
weapons from Greenpeace boat
Sunrise on Thames
A new song by
Damon Albarn will be performed at an anti-nuclear
weapons gig today (March 8) at 6.30pm.
'5 Minutes To Midnight'
will be performed by a 50-piece choir
Sense of Sound on board
Arctic Sunrise, which
is docked on the Thames.
about his opposition to the UK Government replacing the
Trident Nuclear Weapons
system, Albarn told
NME.COM that he hoped
lots of people will get involved.
people shouldn't care what other people say when they're
talking about these issues," he said. "Peer pressure is the
worst kind of censorship: you can't talk about issues because
it's not cool. Rubbish, we all have to engage."
The show will
feature visual designs by Massive Attack's
Robert '3D' Del Naja
and feature contributions from Brian Eno.
a statement the performance will represent a peaceful
demonstration against renewing
Trident weapons system, and against Britain possessing
nuclear weapons at all.
performance will also be broadcast live at
Greenpeace.org.uk from 7pm, where it can be accessed for
Update added March
9, 2007 from NME.com:
25-minute long song had an ambient keyboard backing, over
which dialogue was spoken by different members of the choir.
controversial, thought-provoking spoken word piece
incorporated anti-nuclear statements and the history of
included the statements: "The target will be a purely military
million dead...We are not condemned to repeat the lessons of
40 years at the nuclear brink...The price already paid is too
clear...It is 5 minutes to midnight. The clock is ticking."
earlier on Radio 4's
the Today Programme,
Albarn said that the
song title referred to: "the change in the status of the
doomsday clock which moved from seven to five. Which seems
alarmingly close to the witching hour to me."
He said he
hoped the event would bring about a mood change: "It's a
chance to meditate on the realities of
Trident. And to
dedicate a moment to that thought process. Music should try to
slow things down...Dusk on the
Thames is a good place for the city to take a deep
breath and think about things.
beginning of an engagement...There's a growing sense of
anxiety in the artistic community and it's starting to express