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There is great, great anticipation for the Blur concert on 25 July 2023 at the Eventim Apollo in London.
The live will not have reruns, but the good news for fans who can’t get a ticket to watch the live show is that it will be possible to participate in the live stream, also rewatching the show in the next 24 hours.
Eight years after the last recording effort of Damon Albarn’s band, that is The Magic Whip, finally the English quartet is back to bring a new album live (so fresh off the press that it has yet to come out: it will be released on July 21st). Let’s talk about The Ballad of Darren, ninth studio album by the British band. The disc will be played in its entirety only on the London date
The album, composed of 10 new songs, is published by the Parlophone label and produced by James Ford (already working with another famous English group, namely the Arctic Monkeys, and also with Damon Albarn’s second band, the Gorillaz) .
The Ballad of Darren was recorded at Studio 13 in London and Devon and will have to stand up to the mega-success of The Magic Whip from 2015, with the cover by British photographer Martin Parr.
The tracklist of The Ballad of Darren it’s the following: The Ballad, St Charles Square, Barbaric, Russian Strings, The Everglades (For Leonard), The Narcissist, Goodbye Albert, Far Away Island, Avalon And The Heights.
At the bottom of this article you can see the post shared by the official Blur Instagram account in which the band announces the concert at London’s Eventim Apollo.
The London show will be livestreamed
Blur, fresh from two special dates at London’s Wembley stadium held last weekend, will play the new album in full at London’s Eventim Apollo, on a date that will be a short break from the European tour it is carrying Albarn and associates in various countries (including Italy, as we will see shortly).
The chosen date is July 25th, a few days away from their only Italian concert at the Lucca Summer Festival, scheduled for Saturday July 22nd.
The concert in which it will be played The Ballad of Darren it will be broadcast in live streaming and re-proposed in the next 24 hours in different time zones. Tickets can be purchased at this link at a cost of €15.75, but with service charges the total price reaches €18.11. For those wishing to try to access the live event, tickets will go on sale on July 18 starting at 11 in the morning.
Albarn: “This record is a commentary on where we are now”
Of this new studio album Damon Albarn said: “This is an album of adjustment, a reflection and a commentary on where we are now”. Graham Coxon added: “The older we get and the angrier we get, it becomes more and more essential that what we play is charged with the right emotion and intention. Sometimes a simple riff just isn’t enough.” And instead Alex James expressed himself in these terms: “For a long-term relationship to last with any meaning, you need to be able to surprise each other in some way and somehow we all continue to do it”.
Finally, Dave Rowntree comments on Blur’s new recording effort: “It’s always very natural to make music together. With every album we make, the process reveals something new and we develop as a band. We don’t take it for granted.”
The surprise announcement of the album The Ball of Darren was given last May 19, on the occasion of the band’s great return to the place where it all began, in Colchester, Essex. There Blur gave their first ever performance at the Colchester Arts Centre, which kicked off a short run of performances in Great Britain (Eastbourne Winter Gardens on 21 May, The Halls Wolverhampton on 26 May and O2 City Hall Newcastle on 28 May). Those first dates served as a tasty appetizer to the main dish of the European tour that has been taking place in recent months.
Alex James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree’s first show at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 July was sold out within minutes, while a second show at Wembley Stadium was added on Sunday 9 July (gone immediately sold out too).
Below you will find the post shared by the official Blur Instagram account in which the band announces the concert at London’s Eventim Apollo.