Posted in music | tour dates on July 2, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Tuning up the ol' Blur piano for today's Twittercast (via @blurofficial)
Blur's Piano

Blur, who reunited in 2009 and returned earlier this year to perform at the Brits and announce some festival dates, are performing two new songs today live on a global broadcast via their Twitter page. At 6:15PM GMT (1:15PM EDT) they'll perform "Under the Westway" and at 7:15PM GMT (2:15PM EDT) they'll perform "The Puritan." How exactly one performs live on Twitter remains to be seen. The songs will be available to download on iTunes immediately after the performance and there's a 7" single as well. Here's the link for the livestream which now has an archive of the performances.

UPDATE: Listen to the two new songs.

It's going to be a big summer for Blur, who on July 30 will release Blur 21, a giant retrpective box that contains:

All seven newly expanded two-disc studio albums

Four discs of rarities, exclusive to this set. Includes 3½ hours of previously unreleased material

Three DVDs including over 2 hours of previously unreleased footage. Includes two pivotal live shows and an exclusive disc of video rarities.

Collectable 7" single of the rare and previously unreleased live recording of the Seymour-era track Superman.

Deluxe hard-bound book telling the story of Blur's 21 year career with extensive liner notes based on a brand new interviews with the band, illustrated with imagery of the era, including some previously unseen photos.

There is also a Blur Vinyl Box, containing all seven albums. Details for both sets are here.

The band still haven't played any US reunion shows, just a few in Europe, where they will continue to play some select shows and festivals, including Way Out West, this summer. Then on August 12 the band will play Hyde Park in London as part of closing concert for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a show that also features New Order (minus Peter Hook) and The Specials (minus Jerry Dammers).

After that, the future is uncertain. Damon Albarn has said this may be it for Blur (and Gorillaz) but in a "preview" video for the Twitter performances, bassist and cheesemaker Alex James said "who knows if this is the end... or the beginning of the next chapter."

A list of all dates, cover art for "Under the Westway," plus lyric sheet flyers for both songs and that Alex James video are below.

UPDATE: You can watch "Lyric Videos" for both songs are below as well.

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Under the Westway art

Under the Westway

The Puritan

Blur -- 2012 Tour Dates
08/01 Margate, UK Margate Winter Gardens
08/05 Wolverhampton, UK Civic Hall
08/06 Wolverhampton, UK Civic Hall
08/07 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
08/08-11 Skanderborg, DK Smukfest
08/09-11 Gothenburg, SE Way Out West Festival
08/12 London, UK Hyde Park (Olympics Closing Ceremony)

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Comments (19)

i Love is Blur!

Posted by Acompanhantes | July 2, 2012 12:27 PM

Blur need to play NYC! Last NYC show was Hammerstein 2003 and that was withouot Graham! Come on now..2 shows in Radio City would work!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 12:28 PM

An NYC show would be awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 12:39 PM

I thought their last show around this area was Field Day festival @ Giants stadium....

anyway I don't think they'll come here. They never had a big following here like in UK. Maybe if they do one final US gig @ the Garden, they'll sell some tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 12:54 PM

it will be at terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 12:59 PM

coachella 2013

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:23 PM

Girls just broke up, I'm too sad to think about Blur :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:25 PM

12:59 Field Day was June of 03 I believe Hammerstein was July 03?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:32 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 1:48 PM

Blur did also play at Bowery Ballroom in 2002? Just Dave and Damon thought as Alex had a visa problem

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 2:43 PM

woooo hooooo!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 3:06 PM

^ LOL! Beat me to it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:52 PM

This band is boring

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:59 PM

This band is terri

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Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 4:59 PM

Blur is kewl

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:01 PM

I like the Beatles too

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:11 PM

They're not breaking up after the Olympics. The guys like to joke around about it and NME falls for it every time. :)

Posted by sparkiepop | July 2, 2012 5:49 PM

Coachella 2013 for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2012 5:59 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2012 3:41 PM

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