Blur just revealed the dates for two shows in the US for the month of October. Those dates include a stop at the Hollywood Bowl on October 20th in Los Angeles (CA), and a show at Madison Square Garden on October 23rd in New York (NY). This month, Blur will perform a show at Hyde Park in London (UK) on the 20th. Some of their other shows will include stops in Hong Kong (China) on July 22nd, Sydney (Australia) on July 25th, Byron Bay (Australia) on July 26th, Melbourne (Australia) on July 28th, Perth (Australia) on July 30th, Laois (Ireland) from September 4th through the 6th, and Buenos Aires (Argentina) on October 11th.
Last month, Blur’s The Magic Whip topped the albums chart in the UK. The project features the singles “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many,” and “Lonesome Street.” The Magic Whip is the band’s first album since 2003, and it also marked the return of guitarist Graham Coxon. Coxon left the band to pursue a solo career, but his guitar playing was still featured on all of the band’s studio projects. Blur released a documentary in May entitled The Magic Whip: Made in Hong Kong. The film featured the band recording The Magic Whip album, and it also included exclusive interviews.
The Magic Whip is Blur’s eighth studio album. The band’s other albums include Leisure (1991), Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife ((1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999), and Think Tank (2003). Blur’s fourth studio album, The Great Escape, peaked at the top of the charts in the United Kingdom and Ireland. “Country House,” “The Universal,” “Stereotypes,” “Charmless Man,” and “It Could Be You” were all dropped as singles from the Number 1 album. Blur’s “Country House” was the band’s first single to reach the Number 1 spot on the UK Singles chart. Think Tank also entered the UK Albums chart at Number 1. The album peaked at Number 56 on the Billboard 200, becoming Blur’s highest charting project in the US. The album also impacted the charts in New Zealand, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, and Belgium. Three singles were released fromThink Tank including “Out of Time,” “Crazy Beat,” and “Good Song.”
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