Blur closed the London Olympics 2012 with their typically grand fashion. Although some fans complained about the lack of volume and sound, Blur sounded great to those who were lucky enough to be able to watch them live in Hyde Park on the evening of August 12th 2012.
Prior to the gig, Alex James, bassist, posted several emotional tweets about Blur's soundcheck and final rehearsal. He said that he "cried during [Under the Westway] in soundcheck" and was pleased that some fans pulled out some photoshop magic on the band's Brit Award photo.
|What a blur.... who's who ?|
|Alex James tweeted this picture of the stage's centre|
In the show, Colin Zeal, Young & Lovely and Caramel were played. It's great to see Blur playing some of the lesser known songs from their back catalogue. Especially seeing as Caramel was only played live for the first time ever in Maida Vale, August 2nd 2012 (watch the performance here).
|Rock on Blur|
It's unlikely that Blur fans will get new material after this grand Olympics gig though. Graham Coxon said he had to break the bad news to fans as there's "no more plans to record" anything in last week's interview. Damon Albarn also agreed in this interview.
The Blur Hyde Park 2012 setlist was as follows:
- Girls & Boys
- London Loves
- Tracy Jacks
- Coffee & TV
- Out of Time(with Khyam Allami)
- Young & Lovely
- Trimm Trabb
- Sunday Sunday
- Country House
- Parklife(with Phil Daniels)
- Colin Zeal(with Harry Enfield)
- Song 2
- No Distance Left to Run
- This Is a Low
- Under The Westway
- End of a Century
- For Tomorrow
- The Universal
This special release will be available for download via the iTunes store – worldwide within 24 hours for of the band leaving the stage.
Next week, a rare limited edition CD of the entire full Hyde Park show will be available. Titled Blur: Parklive, it features 2 CD show discs including a BONUS disc featuring unreleased live tracks chosen from the recent warm-up shows (Margate, Wolverhampton, Plymouth, Maida Vale). Pre-order your copy here!
|Pictures credited to Daily Mail and The Sun - Damon is radiant against purple backdrop|