Blur debuted two new songs tonight (July 2) in a live video stream performance via Twitter. Watch the broadcast again here via the embedded player at the bottom of this page...
( REVIEW: Blur - Under The Westway/The Puritan - listen )
The band performed 'Under The Westway' on a rooftop near the Westway, in a location near an MOT centre! The location turned out to be Damon's 13 Studios, located above 337 Latimer Street. 'The Puritan' followed at 7.15, written for their forthcoming sold-out Hyde Park gig on August 12.
The performance was broadcast live and attracted a huge number of visitors to this site, which was one of the many hosting the live stream. You can scroll down to hear 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan' live from the rooftop, as well as a video where bassist Alex James explains a bit more about the broadcast...
A Q and A session took place on the band's Twitter page in between the two songs, with Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave answering fans questions. Both songs were then immediately available to download. A limited edition double A-side 7-inch single will be released by Parlophone on August 6.
Blur previously teased fans by posting times and the names of the tracks on their Twitter page.
'The Puritan' post featured a picture of a neon lettering stating "Hey puritan what you gonna do about it" while the shot which accompanies the 'Under The Westway' tweet features a photo of the West London overpass emblazoned with the words: "Bring us the day they switch off the machines."
The shows will act as a warm-up for the band's huge outdoor gig at London's Hyde Park on August 12, which sees Blur topping a bill that also includes New Order and The Specials. The gig has been put on to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden's Way Out West festival in August.
Blur will release a career-spanning boxset on July 30. Titled '21', the collection includes the band's seven studio albums as well as over five hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, three DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour seven-inch vinyl.