A video clip has emerged on social media where Blur frontman Damon Albarn was spotted sleep on the stage.
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— Damon Albarn Unofficial (@DamonUnofficial) July 8, 2023
Music fans certainly loved when three decades after their creative and commercial peak, Blur played their biggest-ever headline show to 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
Last week Blur pulled out of a French festival due to Dave Rowntree’s knee injury as well. There was something extremely old-fashioned about this concert. There were no ego ramps or secondary stages, just a couple of giant mirror balls suspended above the crowd. Roadies ran around in scientist-style white coats like they used to wear in Abbey Road. Members of the crowd donned weird paper masks, part of a marketing ruse for their upcoming album The Ballad of Darren.
Blur dug deep into their catalogue with early songs like Popscene, a synth-punk masterpiece. Meanwhile To The End, Coffee and TV and Beetlebum had the crowd, to a person it seemed, singing along. Albarn seemed surprised at the atmosphere. “I didn’t think it would be like this,” he said after Tracy Jacks. Phil Daniels came out for Parklife, as raucous and “Steptoe” as it’s ever been. There were tributes to Freddie Mercury and old favourite Country House even got played. “Obviously we’ve been waiting for this moment all our lives,” Albarn said.
In recent weeks Britain has been treated to a glut of unforgettable gigs. Elton at Glastonbury, Pulp at Finsbury Park, Bruce in Hyde Park, and now this.
In addition to their Wembley shows, Blue are playing a string of dates across Europe with their first album since 2015, The Ballad of Darren.