Blur’s Classic Lineup Plays First New York Show in 15 Years
The Britpop legends stayed over in the city after their 'Tonight Show' stop
Blur’s back, and despite the fact that they’re still unsure whether they’re going to tour the United States, they gave fans a glimmer of hope on Friday night. After performing on The Tonight Show on Thursday, the band stayed over to perform a surprise intimate show at Brooklyn’s 550-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg, presented by Converse’s Rubber Tracks program.
The Britpop icons’ classic lineup hadn’t graced a New York stage since 2000, but their big return seems to have been a special one. The band ran through most of their new record The Magic Whip (sans “Ice Cream Man” which they said they haven’t figured out how to play live yet) and a stunning encore of “Beetlebum,” “Trouble in the Message Centre,” and “Song 2.” Brooklyn locals Honduras, who recently recorded an EP at Converse’s studios, were handpicked to open the show.
There’s a few fan-shot videos of the set, both above and below, so be sure to check those out if you weren’t one of the lucky few to make it in.