Blur has confirmed that they will be releasing some new material early next month.
After tweeting the message, "Be here Monday 2nd July. 6.15 & 7:15pm BST RT," on the band's official Twitter feed, Blur has announced that they’ll perform “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” live on July 2. Visit the band’s Twitter account, @blurofficial, to see the performances.
"I wrote these songs for Hyde Park and I'm really excited about getting out there and playing them for people," said frontman Damon Albarn in a statement.
Following the live stream, both songs will be available for download. In addition, a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single of the performances will be available on August 6. Both songs have had recent airings. Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon played "Under the Westway" at a benefit show earlier this year, and Alban played a solo version of "The Puritan" at a poetry festival in London earlier this month, according to NME.
In March, after the benefit show where he performed "Under the Westway," Albarn suggested that the tune might be the last he would ever write for Blur. But perhaps there's a new Blur album to come after all, since neither song is part of the track list for Blur 21: The Box, the enormous, career-spanning retrospective collection due at the end of July. That set will include the band's seven studio albums as well as unreleased material, rarities, three DVDs and a book.
Blur is set to embark on a tour of small U.K. venues in August as a warm-up for the band's show August 12 in London's Hyde Park.
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