There was a time when Noel Gallagher said that he wished Damon Albarn would "get AIDS and die." But that was a long time ago, when the pair's respective bands, Oasis and Blur, were Britpop royalty and their rivalry made headlines. Last night, the two performed onstage together for the first time.
-- Damon Albarn is following up last year's English National Opera production of his 'Dr. Dee' opera by backing an ENO initiative called "Undress for the Opera," which is meant to help attract new opera fans. "I'm trying to bring in people like myself who didn't go to opera when they were younger," says Albarn.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney joined Blur's Damon Albarn and the rest of the 80-member music collective known as Africa Express for a performance on Saturday night at Granary Square in the King's Cross section of London, reports the Guardian. McCartney, a special guest during the final stop of the week-long Africa Express tour through the U.K., performed a pair of tunes by his post-Beatles outfit Wings.
During a solo performance at last night's (June 14) Poetry Olympics in London, Blur's Damon Albarn took the opportunity to treat the crowd to the debut of a brand-new Blur song. The mere existence of the tune may have come as a bit of a surprise to Blur-spotters, as reports last month indicated Albarn had nixed recent Blur recording sessions due to frustration with the results.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn seems to be all over the place as of late. On one hand, he's discussing the end of Blur and his other big project, the Gorillaz, and on the other he's denying their disbandment. It's now been announced that Albarn will appear at a poetry festival in London.