BLUR: SWINGING SINGLES

Band deny split, record new version of South Bank Show theme...

Blur will play Wembley Arena on December 11. The gig, which Damon Albarn announced at the Reading Festival without confirming the date, will consist entirely of the band’s A-sides, played in chronological order.

The concert, like their gig at the Camden Electric Ballroom last night (September 6 – click here to read nme.com‘s review of the show), is to support the release of their singles box set on September 27 on Food.

Blur bassist Alex James has also denied that the band were about to split up following Damon‘s comments at Reading that the band would “do something else” after the Wembley show.

Speaking at London’s Groucho Club last week (September 1) at the launch party for the new South Bank Show series on ITV, he said: “There’s still more stuff to come. There’s not many bands who are still together after ten years. It is amazing it still works at the moment.”

A South Bank Show special on Blur will be screened at the end of October. The documentary will follow them on tour, in the studio and back to their home town of Colchester. Each band member tells his own story, with Alex providing a tour of his favourite pubs and clubs around London. Damon, meanwhile, reveals he started Blur, originally called Seymour, after watching a South Bank Show on The Smiths.

Blur have also recorded a reworked version of the South Bank Show theme tune.

It was recorded straight after Reading, and a spokesperson for the band explained that, providing both the programme makers and band like it, it may replace the existing version.

Tickets for Blur‘s Wembley gig go on sale later this month.