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officially playing the Glastonbury Sunday Headline slot.
i am also happy, i listened to 13 for the first time in years the other night, brilliant so it is. With Coxon is it?
and yet for some reason nme are claiming exclusive and delaying until 11:45
I saw them without him once and it was good but just not the same.
seperate from wireless. announcement at 11:45 today according to NME.com
have read those links first before posting that i guess!
Expect it will say "yes, we are getting back together and headlining Glastonbury".
and i really hope it is, like really really hope
I was looking forward to the next Coxon solo effort. Now it'll just be two smug gits, coxon and Dave. bah and indeed humbug!
Fingers crossed if it happens it's worth the wait.
Coxon's feckless on his own
I just happen to disagree with it.
it's just i find he's a great guitarist but is really predictable as a song writer, y'know loads of his songs just don't seem to go anywhere. Whilst when he's not in complete control of the song structure he's fantastic at putting in guitar hooks and all that.
tis fairly impressive to be playing all the instruments yourself and having a ferocious live set. I think his song-writing has developed more with each record. More so than Blur's as a collective I would add. His playing I feel gets a bit lost in (some) Blur records.
theres no way that another Coxon album is more exciting than new Blur, Love Travels was average.
as is most of Albarn's non blur material. Why Coxon wants to work with them I've no idea.
But it also had "Out of time" on it, which is one of the very best songs ever
or gorillaz... TGTB&TQ's album was pretty good. either way the chemistry between those four people and between Damon and Graham especially is undeniable.
I loved it, was expecting a complete disaster but thought it was great on hearing it.
And Gorillaz are good too. I always say that Damon Albarn's talent would be recognised more if he wasn't such an insufferably pomopous wanker.
I never got this for some reason
and price of ticket for gig.
And shit loads of other musicians.
Actually, good point well made
I'm so happy, not sure if I can go to Glasto, but they're doing a Hyde Park gig too, apparently. All I hope is that they record some more stuff too.
Really? Seems a bit huge, they were never a satdium filling band were they? (besides the gig at Mile End)
Don't think it was full though..
I mean I love 'em but I've never seen them play anywhere bigger than Wembley Arena and I doubt they've gathered that many news fans in that time. Feel free to prove me wrong ticket buyers.
and people who did see them but not regularly will all want to go
No Glastonbury confirmation yet though
why do their newly posted news pages never load up properly.
how odd - i always have this problem with nme when they post new news.
but then i was told about the Hyde Park last week sometime so it's definately true (and i already have tickets held!)
Blur are reforming to play live next year, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.
The full line-up – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree – will play their first gigs together since guitarist Coxon quit the band in 2002.
Speaking only to NME.COM in a world exclusive joint interview, Albarn and Coxon explained that they had put their differences behind them and were looking forward to playing live in 2009.
"It just felt it was right again," declared Albarn of Blur's return. "It somehow feels like there's something for us to do again, we're not completely useless or pointless, we've got a reason to exist."
Coxon agreed, explaining the band were "making public what's been going on a little bit privately. For the benefit of the fans and those interested we can say that something's on the cards".
What is on the cards is a headlining show in Hyde Park, London on Friday, July 3.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am (GMT) this Friday (December 12). To check the availability of Blur tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Also see Blur.co.uk for additional information.
There are also rumours of further dates, including a possible appearance at the 2009 Glastonbury festival.
However, while the band refused to confirm any other shows, Albarn promised fans around the UK that the band would be announcing some more shows.
"We'll do something in London because that seems sensible," he said, "but we're also playing in other parts of the country working up to there."
For the full exclusive joint interview with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon get this week's issue of NME, on newsstands in London this afternoon, and available across the UK tomorrow (December 8).
In it the duo discuss how they buried the hatchet, why they decided to reconvene Blur, what songs they expect to play next year, and reveal more of their future plans.
I want to read this interview. Which means buying an NME. Hmmm.
Aren't you liek 80?
but this is a big deal.
No way I can afford that right now. Arse.
but fuck it, i think i'm gonna go, never seen them with graham before so i think it's gotta be done, hyde park as well, special
Ah, bollocks. I'll probably still get a ticket though.
i'm entirely unfussed about Coxon being back in the band (unless he's going to go mental again, in which case THUMBS UP!) and of seeing them in Hyde Park, which I suspect is going to attract loads of middle-aged, beered up cunts on their first night out since the Singles tour in 2001. probably.
i might wait and see if i can get a cheapo ticket towards the day, i suspect there'll be a lot of them.
the last time i saw them was at Brixton Academy, which was perfect in ohsomany ways. great venue, great setlist, great crowd, great night.
cheap tickets nearer the time, my friend got an REM ticket for £2 on Ebay over the summer.
to half empty stadiums on that tour?
lists it as being a presale tomorrow morning - does anyone have any infromation on this - will it be password protected etc. etc.....?
through the Blur mailing list. Apparently they're unique, so can't help by passing them around.
not that they've e-mailed me for years. Can't remember when they last sent me something.
They've continuously sent me stuff for over 10 years though. Even recently I've had emails about special Damon Albarn The Musical (that Monkey thing) box sets and the like.
maybe I've had the odd thing. Exaggeration, y'know. Nothing that's particularly interested me or I hadn't picked up elsewhere in the last couple of years though.
but i cant help but feel that i've already seen them at their best.
Would be great if they do a new album mind. Think Tank was delightful.
they really can lose that pretentious prick Alex James
in the grand scheme of music
from start to finish. I'm glad it was on sale.
I really like it...
This is great news, I have been waiting for this!
look so old!!
or something of a similar ilk for 2009
a Ticketmaster presale password that they aren't going to use?
I fucking love Blur.
but it will be more amazing if blur announces an NYC gig. i love blur - a lot - but international travel just isn't in the cards.
still...YAY! blur reunion!!!
Now come to Los Angeles!!
- ticket prices up
- eavis' 'we want kids stance'
- the fact the literally perfect weather of last year will not be repeated for at least another 4 years
- a band consisting of the confused Damon Albarn, the D List celebrity Alex James and the Pete Doherty-loving loser Graham Coxuckle is headlining Sunday
The Verve were crap this year, and The Verve were better than Blur.
I just can't imagine Allbran re-adpoting his mockney wideboy act, now that he's had such a wild image change and become the brooding troubador.
all had that whole mockney wideboy act on them.
Blur, 13 and Think Tank.
and a very pleasant experience it is too. Great albums, all of them.
13 has Coffee and TV on it
Think Tank is patchy but good
will just end up being filled with awful wankers who are there to get lairy and celebrate the heady britpop days of the mid-nineties in a nostalgic and painful fashion.
You know, like an Oasis gig or something. "PLAY GIRLS AND BOYS!"
DAMN why isnt th big gig BEFORE glastonbury? what a shit idea!
You set up a Hyde Park gig, you prepare yourself for the masses to come and have a day out. They pay through the nose, so they want to hear the hits. They don't want to hear the miserable stuff do they? That doesn't make them any less good than you, because you'd rather hear album tracks from 13 and bsides.
just to tie in with dis innit:
Leave your own, that'd be lovely.
Not because it will determine whether I go or not but just because there's no need for it. They are so fucking rich already that they can afford to put on a show for far, far less.
Unless they are putting on a mini festival this ticket price is a fucking disgrace. Blur are/were a great band and I think this demeans them somewhat.
But let's face it, this same argument comes up for loads of acts these days, it's nothing new. When Bjork played over here a year or two back, Radiohead's gigs this year - those were both £40 odd asd I remember and got people debating on here as to how expensive it was. It does stink, but it seems to be the prevailing trend with ticket prices these days alas.
keeps coming up on ticketmaster 'password entered not on our system.'
well technically my mate did, but they are mine...
usually when Wireless is on? It could be part of that.
Why is that a problem? Well, Coxon AND Albarn are no longer the mockney cunts that they once were - they have all grown up. This presents a problem for the masses who want Parklife and Girls and Boys when I would much prefer them to play 13, Blur and Think Tank, with a few rather gorgeous versions of their earlier stuff with a set that makes sense rather than just a check box list of songs that were hits.
Sure, it could be excellent. But I would leave the big hits to the encore after you have worked thorugh The Universal and Tender. Some think Blur = Oasis = Blur and they dont'... the masses could ruin this one.
PS. I heard on the radio yesterday that "Blur had gone and done a Take That"... huh?
The Universal and Tender two of their biggest hits in any case??
and they've already said they intend to play Bugman... so it looks like it will be a fairly mixed set.... which has always been their trick anyway, to set these pop anthems alongside more experimental tracks
This Is A Low
Out of Time
End of a Century
Yuko & Hiro
Girls and Boys
Coffee and TV
Battery in Your Leg
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU
I've never felt this excited about a reunion, in fact i don't think i've ever been excited by one before
would melt the hardest of hearts surely
Blur will easily sell out Hyde Park, it's the same with many other bands who when originally together aren't massively big but when they reunite they're talked about as one of the biggest bands of all time, The Smiths weren't enormous when they were around but you know if they reformed they'd be playing Hyde Park and selling it out three times over, just look at The Verve and Pixies, if they did it then Blur won't have a problem
Blur and the Smiths WERE pretty big at the time. Just because you weren't around for it didn't make them any less special at the time.
Although Alex jJmes said in an interview how weird it was that the Kaiser Chiefs had sold more than Blur and Blur had sold more than The Smiths. OK, I knew Blur sold more than the Smiths, but are the Kaisers really bigger than Blur ever were?! What?!
how come it's £3.25 for them to email you a link to the ticket so you can print it out yourself?!
from this address today: http://www.livenation.co.uk/promo/presale
No password needed - just set up an account and you're away. I just got myself a couple.
in case that one runs out:
well, my girlfriend has. Good girlfriend. Well happy.
This will be the second time seeing the proper blur line-up. Last time was at the Singles tour in 1999, exactly 9 years ago to the DAY!
I knew Graham had gone during Think Tank, but it was hardly a mega-split was it, and they were always going to play together again. Still, very exciting news, and good to have them back.
For the older poster - just how many times did you see them in the 90's? You couldn't move for a Blur gig 1992-2000.
I had a semi argument with KW last night about the whole 'reform' thing. Reunion is more apt.
although bought mine last night. Tough work organising the troops for something 6 months in advance so you can buy tickets!
appara. hope they do a manchester one.
Whoooooooop. It'll be 12 years since I last saw them.