Plus more details of boxed set and Reading/Leeds "greatest hits" set...
BLUR are to release their 7,000-copy limited-edition box set on September 13. The 22-CD package will contain all of Blur‘s singles and B-sides with original artwork.
Featuring 124 tracks, it starts with debut single ‘She’s So High’ and will cost ‘99.99. The 22nd CD, their last single this year, has yet to be decided, although ‘No Distance Left To Run’ is being tipped – the band have already filmed it for a Top Of The Pops recording.
Blur have also revealed they are to be the subject of ITV arts programme The South Bank Show, due for broadcast in November, and that an exhibition of their artwork, plus film and video footage, takes place at London’s Lux Galleries in Shoreditch on September 11 & 12.
Blur also look set to play a ‘greatest hits’ set at Reading and Leeds festivals over the August Bank Holiday weekend after their ill-received set at T In The Park last month. At the Scottish festival, the band mostly performed songs from their last album, ’13’.
A spokesperson told NME: “They play a different set every time. At their recent Dublin gig, they changed it at eight o’clock before they went on. Damon was trying to remember the words of songs he hadn’t sung for a while. So we wouldn’t be surprised at all if they did a ‘greatest hits’ set, it would be the sensible way to go.”
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