July 12, 2009 -
Blur defy illness to play 'last
gig' at T In The Park
Graham Coxon races from
hospital to play headline show
defied illness to headline the final night of 2009 tonight
(July 12), playing what frontman Damon Albarn
described from the stage as the four-some's "last gig".
The reunited band's guitarist Graham Coxon rushed from a
nearby hospital to play the show after being struck down ill.
As a result they didn't arrive on the Main Stage
until 10:15pm (BST) - nearly an hour and a half later than
their scheduled stage time.
Co-headliners Snow Patrol had earlier played their
Main Stage set an hour later than first scheduled to bide
time for Coxon, with the Scottish band beginning their set at
Blur eventually walked on stage to huge cheers,
Coxon raising an arm in appreciation while
Albarn simply said, "Hi", before launching into the
band's debut single, 'She's So High'.
"We nearly didn't make it," he said when the song ended. "Graham
literally walked out of a hospital to come here. He's alright.
This is our last gig."
With the show the band's last scheduled live date, it was not
determined whether the singer meant this was Blur's
final ever gig or just the last of their summer run, which also
saw them play shows in London's Hyde
Park and headline Glastonbury.
"This is a very old song," Albarn said,
introducing 'There's No Other Way' following
'Girls And Boys', which had the crowd leaping
ecstatically and throwing beer.
"This is a new song," Coxon later said,
winding the crowd up before playing their 1999 single
'Coffee And TV', which he sung lead vocals for.
'Tender' drew another huge singalong from the
crowd, while 'Country House' drew cheers as
fans recognised the intro.
"Do you want another one like that?" Albarn
asked the crowd. "Alright", he added before playing
'Parklife' - singing the vocal parts originally
recorded by actor Phil Daniels himself.
"Thank you!" he shouted after the song ended. "Do you want...
another one like that?" The band then began a slow jam that
morphed into 'Song 2', with the crowd going
crazy as they finally recognised Coxon's
famous guitar riff.
"That's the best ever, that one," the frontman said when the
song ended, leading the band through slow number 'This
Is A Low' next.
They then headed off stage, returning shortly afterwards to
kick off an encore with 'Advert', which saw
Albarn brandishing a loudspeaker to draw siren
Following 'For Tomorrow', which Albarn
described as a "more melodic one", the band ended their
headline show with an epic rendition of 'The Universal',
during which he rushed into the crowd to shake hands with the
"I want to thank everyone who's supported us," Albarn
said before heading off stage to close T In The Park
2009. "Everyone who's given their heart and soul."
'She's So High'
'Girls And Boys'
'There's No Other Way'
'Out Of Time'
'Coffee And TV'
'This Is A Low'
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