So what’s Damon Albarn’s problem this time? With the entire US to break for Blur, who have a total of two hits, one, “Song 2” a biggie and one “Girls And Boys” less so, though the latter was an unbelievably youthful song, it sounded like kids on their vacation changing their sexual whateverisms way nack in the 1990s.
It was never enough for Damon, who has blown us off for decades now. Sure, Gorrillaz have performed here (I saw em, not as impressed as the rest of the world), and solo (I saw him, nowhere near as impressed as the rest of the world) but Blur have always been a great live band, the proof is in the performance, and if he cared about cracking the States he might tour the States, but Blur don’t care at all, so they leave the middle of America to wallow in their own bad taste.
That’s the bad news, here is the good news: Blur are performing a two night tour of the US. Hollywood Bowl on October 20th and MSG on October 23rd. I got a presale ticket for the MSG gig and Helen Bach is betting me they don’t sell it out. I dunno, the album stiffed (deservedly I might add) but on stage… on stage they are one of the best rock bands around.
Back in the Oasis versus Blur days, I loved em both on record but on stage Blur blew them away.
So, my bet is they sell out at MSG (and Hollywood Bowl), take that Helen.
weaving a fairy tale for us to get lost in
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2)
“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”
an old school New York feel
oedipal vulnerable and blue collar visceral
An emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1973 (Volume 4, Number 12)
From Robert Johnson to the Ramones – what a life!
one of the great top tens of the 2020
will mark their return to the road in early February, 2023 with a string of to-be-announced US arena dates
enjoyable and soulful romp
another full day of music