Blur to release Hyde Park Olympic gig as live album

Blur to release Hyde Park Olympic gig as live album

Blur are set to release a recording of their Olympic closing ceremony concert in Hyde Park.

Titled Parklive, the 3-CD set features tracks from the Hyde Park shows and a bonus disc of previously unreleased live material from the band's recent warm-up shows in Margate, Plymouth and Wolverhampton.

A 5-CD book-bound edition will also be released, which will feature an extra Blur Live At The 100 Club disc and a DVD of the Hyde Park show. The 60-page book will feature exclusive pictures of both the Hyde Park and 100 Club shows.

On Monday, Damon albarn admitted that Blur will take home just £1 each for last night's Hyde Park show. The frontman told said the band were paid £300 in total for their performance as part of the Mayor of London's Olympic closing ceremony celebrations.

"Guess how much they're paying us?" he asked. "Three hundred quid. When you divide that between four and add publishing, management and tax, it's down to about a quid."

But, he added that the gigs weren't about the money: That's not why you agree to do it. It gives us a chance to play to a lot of people in London. In the sense of the Olympics it's nice to get involved and celebrate this amazing city. Everyone's feeling pretty good about London. I'm there with that because I love this city.

Sunday's show saw Blur make a storming return to the London park they played their first reunion date back in 2009, with Phil Daniels and comedian Harry Enfield joining the band on stage for a rendition of "Parklife".


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