In the words of another legendary British musician, stop me, stop me, stop me if you've heard this one before...Damon Albarn recently announced while on stage in Hong Kong that Blur will soon be returning to the studio to work on a new record. Let's hope it ends up better than the last time they tried that.
Blur will release a five disc live album later this year titled Parklive. This special hardback book-bound edition will feature full live recordings from their recent 100 Club warm up show, their Olympics Closing Ceremony gig at Hyde Park in London on CD and DVD, a 60 page set of exclusive and rare photographs and many more rarities. You can view all of the various packages here.
Last night Blur started their live return with two sessions for the BBC. The band played new and old tracks including the first ever live performance of "Caramel" from 13 and rare airings of b-sides. Hit the replies to watch the band perform the new single "Under The Westway" live and check out the setlists for both shows. UK readers can watch both shows in full here and here.
Hit the replies to hear two brand new Blur tracks titled "Under The Westway" and "The Puritan" which were debuted earlier this evening. You can also head here to watch the event as it happened, where the band played the tracks live from a rooftop in London.
Blur has confirmed that they will debut their new double a-side single "The Puritan"/"Under The Westway" live from a London rooftop on Twitter on July 2nd. The songs will then be available for download and a limited edition 7" will be released on August 6th. Head to the replies to watch Alex James (Bass) reveal more details in an official video.
It looks like Blur are set to premiere new material on July 2nd at 7:15pm (GMT). Their official Twitter page posted this a few hours ago as well as a a picture, which can be seen in the replies, of some lyrics which are taken from a song Damon Albarn recently played live titled "The Puritan".
Listen to a brand new Bobby Womack song titled "The Bravest Man In The Universe" in the replies. The track is taken from his forthcoming album of the same name which is released on June 12th via XL Recordings and was co-produced by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and Richard Russell.
Blur will headline the "2012 Olympics' Closing Celebration Ceremony Concert" in London this year. They will be joined by New Order and The Specials at the show which is being billed as a "Best Of British" event.
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon debuted a brand new Blur song at tonight's War Child gig in London, England. Head over to Consequence Of Sound to stream a live recording of the song titled, "Under The Westway."
Update: Watch a performance of this song from the same gig here.
According to producer William Orbit's recenttweets, Blur may well be back in the studio and working on a new album. Orbit produced 13, the group's last album before guitarist Graham Coxon left the band.
Blur will receive the "Outstanding Contribution To Music Award" at the 2012 Brit Awards. The band's bassist, Alex James, has also hinted at the band getting together over Christmas to start recording new material.
The Subways will release their new album in September. Money and Celebrity was produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) and you can download a track from the album titled, "It's A Party" here for free.
Graham Coxon (Blur), Paloma Faith and Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral) have collaborated on a new song called "Desire" which was commissioned by the shoe company, Converse. The song will be available to download on April 5 from here.