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The Good, The Bad And The Queen play SXSW

It's Friday night in the 'Kingdom of Doom'

The Good, The Bad & The Queen played an hour-long set followed by a rare encore at South by SouthWest tonight (March 16).

The Damon Albarn-fronted group performed two songs that did not appear on their recent self-titled debut album, and brought in a guest rapper to do vocal duties on one of the tracks.

“We brought someone from Syria to perform this little story with us,” Albarn told the audience.

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Prior to the encore, the band ran through several songs from their debut album, including ‘Kingdom Of Doom’, ‘A Soldier’s Tale’, ‘Northern Whale’ and title track, ‘The Good The Bad & The Queen’ as Badly Drawn Boy watched from the wings.

“This song is about a whale that swam up the River Thames and suddenly died,” Albarn said before playing ‘Northern Whale’.

The band’s performance was filled with theatrical flourishes. Albarn wore a black top hat, as did his all-female backing string section, the Demon Strings.

Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon moved across the stage like a groovy robot with a cigarette hanging from the neck of his guitar.

Albarn spent much of the set behind his keyboard, which was covered by a Union Jack flag.

The set was fairly subdued until the end, when the rapper encouraged the audience to make some noise.

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Albarn politely thanked his band and guest performer before saying goodnight. “It’s been a pleasure playing for you,” he said, bringing Friday night at SXSW to a close.

For all the latest blogs, gossip and news live from SXSW, check out NME.COM/newmusic.

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