Damon Albarn plays ‘Song 2’ live for the first time without Blur – watch

The singer performed the band's 1997 hit in Boston

Damon Albarn has played ‘Song 2’ live for the first time without his Blur bandmates – watch footage of it above.

The singer, who released his debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’ in April, is currently touring the US. While he has been playing Blur material on the tour, with tracks including ‘Out Of Time’ and ‘This Is A Low’, last night’s gig at Royale, Boston, was the first time he has played ‘Song 2’ and the first time ever without his Blur bandmates.

As previously reported, at the same gig Albarn also played his solo track ‘Mr Tembo’ while wearing an elephant hat thrown to him by a member of the audience – watch footage of it below.

Local music blog Vanyaland notes that Blur songs ‘Out Of Time’ and a brief section of ‘Intermission’ were played in the set while Gorillaz’ ‘Kids With Guns’ also featured.

Albarn previously unveiled the official video for ‘Mr Tembo’, which features Albarn and his band The Heavy Seas plus footage of the real Mr Tembo – an orphaned baby elephant Albarn met while travelling in Tanzania.

Speaking to NME, Albarn described Mr Tembo as a “beautiful little fella”, recalling the moment how after he played the song on his ukulele, the elephant “backed away and shat himself”.

Next month, Albarn will headline the Latitude festival in Suffolk alongside The Black Keys and Two Door Cinema Club.