Blur have talked about their upcoming Wembley Stadium shows and discussed their approach to the set.
Blur, who played intimate gigs last week in Colchester and Eastbourne, also announced their first new material in eight years with the ninth studio album, “The Ballad of Darren”, which would be released on July 21. First track “The Narcissist” is already out.
The Britpop legends are gearing up to play pair of dates at the iconic venue on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July and they’ve given us some insight on what to expect.
Blur reveals what fans can expect from their Wembley gigs
Asked if they will play tracks from their forthcoming record, The Ballad of Darren, frontman Damon Albarn joked to Radio X’s Dan O’Connell:“Who says we’re not just playing the new album?”
“Forwards and backwards” added drummer Dave Rowntree.
Albarn went on:
“We didn’t start rehearsing till three weeks ago, which is when we released the album and that’s the extraordinary thing about this time round.
“I mean, I’m used to putting out records in recent years where I have to wait a year before it actually gets released and this one we finished two weeks ago”.
Bassist Alex James joked:
“Personally I’ve been waiting since 2015!”
“We finished it two weeks ago and then we’re like, ‘Well we better start rehearsing as we’re playing a gig in two weeks’.”
“We’ve been rehearsing solidly since then. It’s a nice way to do it, because you’re not thinking about anything other than just making music, so when we got into rehearsal we were very kind of comfortable together again, ‘cause it’s been a while.”
Alex James added:
“So we chucked a couple of the new ones in there and actually I’ve been enjoying playing those the most.”
Asked if they find themselves falling in love with different songs on the setlist as time goes on, Coxon revealed:
“Yeah, definitely. There’s always songs that I love to play and quite often they’re the songs that are melancholic now that I’m a bit older and my finger might hurt a bit more.
“So things like Badhead I’m quite a bit fond of. But it’s interesting getting older. It’s just interesting making music and feeling like you’re older and you’ve changed.”
“I like playing those older ones more respectfully as possible in a way, because a lot of our live shows were more exuberant and noisier than they were on record.”
Despite this, Damon Albarn assures fans that through they are older they are sounding “really good”.
“We sound good. We sound really good,” he teased. “It’s back to basics. We sound how we should sound without any sort of confectionery around the sides. It’s honest.”