The Britpop band played Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (May 1)
Blur played their first New York show since reuniting, performing at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night (May 1).
Aside from their appearances at California’s Coachella Festival in 2013, the band have not played in North America since reforming in 2009. Despite recently saying that there’s a “great question mark” when it comes to the band touring the US fully around the release of their new album ‘The Magic Whip’, the Britpop band played a special show at the 550-capacity venue last night.
Having performed ‘Ong Ong’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Thursday (April 30), the band offered up an intimate performance of the majority of their new LP, apart from the track ‘Ice Cream Man’ which, Spin reports, the band said they haven’t worked out how to play live yet. The group finished the show with a three-song encore of ‘Beetlebum’, ‘Trouble in the Message Centre’, and ‘Song 2’.
Watch fan-shot footage from the show beneath. It was their first New York show since 2000.
Blur bassist Alex James recently admitted that there was “ill feeling” between he and his bandmates before their reunion. James told the Irish Independent: “There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn’t call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile.”
He went on to add: “It is very much like a sibling relationship, or a marriage. This is a really lovely thing to dip into, because it takes us out of our lives, even though we needed to have lives outside Blur for a while. Now, it is the exact opposite. Blur is like a complete release. At this point, which you could probably call our rock gentlemen phase, everything has become very fulfilling and satisfying. We needed our downtime, but in many ways, nothing has changed too much in 27 years. The crucial difference is that doing all this now is such a complete and utter joy.”
Blur will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and Benicàssim festival in Spain.
Drummer Dave Rowntree has claimed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year.