Damon Albarn says they didn't do the Olympic show for the money
Damon Albarn has admitted that Blur will take home just £1 each for last night’s Hyde Park show.
The frontman told The Sun that the band were paid £300 in total for their performance as part of the Mayor of London’s Olympic closing ceremony celebrations.
“Guess how much they’re paying us?” Albarn asked. “Three hundred quid. When you divide that between four and add publishing, management and tax, it’s down to about a quid.”
But, he added that the gigs weren’t about the money: “That’s not why you agree to do it,” he said. “It gives us a chance to play to a lot of people in London. In the sense of the Olympics it’s nice to get involved and celebrate this amazing city. Everyone’s feeling pretty good about London. I’m there with that because I love this city.”
Shortly before the gig last night (August 12), bassist Alex James told NME that Blur would be finished if they didn’t get the Hyde Park gig right. “I really don’t know what happens next, that’s the only honest answer I can give. It’s precarious though. If Hyde Park is shit, then that’s definitely it,” he said.
Last night’s show, however, saw Blur make a storming return to the London park they played their first reunion date back in 2009, with Phil Daniels and comedian Harry Enfield joining the band on stage for a rendition of ‘Parklife’.
For the ultimate review of Blur at Hyde Park, pick up this week’s NME, which will hit newsstands on Wednesday (August 15) and will also be available digitally.