Blur Debut 'The Magic Whip' in Its Entirety at Small London Club

Blur kickstarted the next phase of their comeback with a tiny, fanclub-only gig in London Friday night, airing songs from their new album The Magic Whip for the first time.
Taking to the stage at West London club Mode, frontman Damon Albarn told the 300-strong crowd of competition winners that the band would play the album "in sequence, from beginning to end."
At last month's press conference to announce the new album – Blur’s first since 2003's Think Tank and first with guitarist Graham Coxon since 1999's 13 – Albarn had stressed the importance of fresh material to the band's return. But, while the songs were new, some tracks harked back to the classic sound of previous Blur incarnations. Opener "Lonesome Street," with its chugging guitars and lyrical references to catching "the 5:14 to East Grinstead," could have fitted snugly onto 1995 album The Great Escape.