Blur to Headline Olympics Closing Show

Concert will also feature New Order and the Specials

Damon Albarn of Blur performs at Hyde Park in London.
eil Lupin/Redferns
February 21, 2012 8:30 AM ET

Britpop icons Blur will headline a show at London's Hyde Park to celebrate the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics on August 12th. The bill for the event, which will include giant screens displaying highlights from the official closing ceremony, will also feature performances by New Order and the Specials.

Blur will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the BRIT awards tonight in London. The band are set to perform a version of their 1999 single "Tender" with a 32-piece gospel choir, at the ceremony, which is the British record industry's rough equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Photos: Random Notes
Blur reunited in 2009 for a series of concerts in Europe that focused on hits from throughout their catalog, but the group's recent performance at the War Child Benefit in London included a brand new composition titled "Under the Westway." Though the band have been working on new material sporadically over the past few years, it remains to be seen whether or not they will actually put out a new record this year, or if they will introduce more new songs as they tour the United Kingdom this spring.

You can watch a video of Blur performing "Under the Westway" below.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »