Graham Coxon played a surprise set at Camden Crawl yesterday (April 25), turning up unannounced at The Spread Eagle pub.
The Blur guitarist arrived at the pub at roughly 5:30pm (GMT) and proceeded to play a seven-song set in front of roughly 100 amazed punters. As soon as word got out about Coxon‘s performance, the pub was forced to close its doors because it quickly reached capacity – meaning that those stuck outside (who included Babyshambles‘ drummer Adam Ficek) had to watch through the windows facing into the pub.
However, Coxon was undeterred by the intimate crowd and sweaty atmosphere. Drawing solely on material featured on his upcoming album ‘The Spinning Top’, he switched between acoustic and electric guitars for the performance. During ‘If You Want Me’, he managed to play so loudly that the pub’s light fittings fell out from the ceiling, much to the audience’s amusement.
The guitarist was in friendly mood throughout the gig, trading jokes with his hastily assembled bandmates (a drummer and double bassist) and being sarcastic to audience requests asking him to stand up so everyone could see him properly. The gig’s compere jokingly referred to the makeshift band as ‘The Graham Coxon Power Trio’, which also seemed to please all three members.
As well as reading his lyrics from a handwritten notebook, Coxon was forced to move his head every time his drummer hit the cymbal, because the band’s stage room was so small. Nevertheless, Coxon seemed at home in what he called his “favourite pub” from his drinking days, and at the end of the gig he paid personal tribute to the Spread Eagle, its landlord and staff.
Graham Coxon played:
‘In The Morning’
‘If You Want Me’
‘Brave The Storm’