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Blur’s big festival-circuit reunion tour came three years ago, and the group has mostly been inactive since then, though co-leaders Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon did get together to debut new song “Under The Westway” a few nights ago. But last night, all four members got back together to accept an Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Brits, the UK’s equivalent of the Grammys. And at the ceremony, they also reassembled to play a pretty awesome five-song greatest-hits set.

Head to Consequence Of Sound to see the reunited Blur playing “Girls & Boys,” “Song 2,” “Parklife” (with Quadrophenia star Phil Daniels!), “Tender” (with a gospel choir), “This Is A Low,” and accepting their award. (I guess “There’s No Other Way” would’ve been too much to ask for.)

Also, here’s the complete list of winners from last night’s event, which saw fit to hand Lana Del Rey an actual trophy.British Female Solo Artist: Adele
British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
British Group: Coldplay
British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran
British Album of the Year: Adele’s 21
British Single: One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”
International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna
International Group: Foo Fighters
International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey

Comments (7)
  1. Anytime I hear “Tender,” I get goosebumps. Us Americans are severely deprived of Blur love.

    On the topic of Blur and being able to enjoy them here in the States, can someone clarify whether or not the Summer Olympics closing ceremony concert they’re playing alongside New Order and The Specials is going to be the one they televise after the actual closing ceremonies? I remember Vancouver gave us an absolute clusterfuck of Avril Lavigne and several horrible pop punk bands as their send-off, and NBC aired it. I’m hoping the London’s so-called “Best of British” lineup is along the same wavelength, which would be kind of surreal to see happening on the tele.

    • Don’t forget about Oz giving us prolly the most fun closing ever with Men At Work, INXS, and a 20 minutes version of ‘Love Is In The Air’…now THAT was a party! I’m guessing w/e England does it will probably be the best closing music ever. Be great if they could talk Jarvis/Thom/Blur/Gaz/Noel all on stage at the same time for something…or maybe someone could try to recreate the classic Sex Pistols crash the party on a barge trick?? ‘gawd sayve the quane!!’

    • On behalf of my country, I would like to sincerely apologize for Vancouver’s closing ceremony. There is a dark and disturbing side to this country’s music industry, perhaps best exemplified by the horrific group “band” Hedley. This dark corner was on full display that night and there is no excuse for what the world was subjected to.

      I feel great shame.

  2. Notice how they only BARELY mention LDR winning an award;) hahaha. But Blur were pretty great, ‘mint’…’ace’…’golden tits!’…i’d say almost perfect…you can tell Damon really missed it and was proud to be back with his band, that mighta been the best part seeing a vet lead guy excited vs being jaded. Although, he very well mighta been coked-up too:) TOUR THE U.S. BLUR!! OI!

  3. What’s with the gyro on a spit in the background?

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