June 13, 2009 -
Blur make live comeback in Essex
Band play 'first gig in 10
years' for friends and family
Blur at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Blur made their live
comeback tonight (June 13), playing an intimate "friends and
family" gig at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Playing their first gig as a four-piece in nearly a decade,
the band – who first confirmed their reformation to
NME.COM last year – performed in a converted goods
shed at Chappel And Wakes Colne just outside
the town centre, the scene of the band's first ever public
performance 20 years earlier.
"If you could make your way into the hall," frontman
Damon Albarn instructed the crowd, which included
long-term producer Stephen Street, as they
kicked off with first ever single 'She's So High',
before dipping into two tracks from 1994 album
'Parklife' in the form of 'Girls And Boys'
and 'Tracy Jacks'.
"It's a bit different to last time we played here,"
Albarn later told the audience ahead of a rocked-up
version of 'Jubilee', referring to the
birthday party the group originally performed at the museum
while they were still called Seymour.
"Thanks for coming to see us play," the singer told the fans
ahead of 'Trimm Trabb'. "I don't know if it's
been 10 years, but 10 years is an easy number!"
Lead singer duties were then handed over to guitarist
Graham Coxon for 'Coffee & TV',
before he shared vocals with Albarn on
They then tore through a faithful rendition of Number One
single 'Country House' rather than the
revamped version the band had previously hinted at playing.
Later, the four-piece performed single 'Parklife'
with Albarn, bouncing around the stage,
delivering all the vocals in the absence of actor Phil
Daniels, who is expected to link-up with them at
Playing a spirited version of 'End Of A Century',
Blur then ploughed into 'To The End'.
Ending their initial set with 'This Is A Low',
the band quickly re-emerged to blast into 'Popscene'.
'Advert' followed, with Albarn
stage-diving into the audience and crowd surfing around during
the instrumental section, before the band then showed off a
version of 'Song 2' which saw them slowly
build the drums up to the track's usual frenetic speed.
Proving there are no hard feelings, Blur then performed
'Out Of Time', a track Coxon
did not originally feature on due to his absence from the band
during most of the 'Think Tank sessions,
though his spine-chilling guitar part aptly fitted into the
Fittingly, they followed it with 'Battery In Your Leg'
– the one track on the same album the guitarist did perform
After a hand vote in the audience between 'Sing'
and 'Essex Dogs', the latter, in its home
county, predictably won, before the group wrapped up their
two-hour set with 'For Tomorrow' and
'She’s So High'
'Girls And Boys'
'There's No Other Way'
'Coffee & TV'
'End Of A Century'
'To The End'
'This Is A Low'
'Out Of Time'
'Battery In Your Leg'
See NME soon for an exclusive behind-the-scenes report from the gig.