English rock band Blur will play their first North American show in two years this Friday at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The group will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, which inspired the next evening’s show. “I think we owe the fans something, ’cause it’s been a long, long time since we’ve been there,” bassist Alex James told Rolling Stone. The concert also marks the first time James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree’s have performed together in New York in 15 years.
Blur, which reunited in 2009, will play their latest album, The Magic Whip, in its entirety to fans of all ages as part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks Live music program. Local band Honduras will open the show. Fans can register for free tickets starting Wednesday, and those who receive a confirmed “ticket” will be permitted to enter on a first come, first serve basis.
The group released a video for “Go Out” — their first single off The Magic Whip — in February. The full album, their first since 2003, dropped Monday.