After breaking up in 2003, Blur have only played two American shows since their 2009 reunion, and both of them were at Coachella. They haven’t played New York in many, many years. But on Friday, they’ll return to play an incredibly small free show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Rolling Stone reports that the band set the show up at the last minute, after being booked as musical guests on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. (The band’s reunion album The Magic Whip is out today.) Bassist Alex James says, “It’s been a real scramble, but we’ve managed to work it out, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s a miracle, really. I think we owe the fans something, ’cause it’s been a long, long time since we’ve been there.” The Brooklyn band Honduras will open, and you can register for tickets here.
It’s entirely possible that our own Scott Lapatine willed this show to happen. Happy birthday, Scott!