Like a bad fiancee, it took them four years to set the date. But Blur have finally confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that their much-anticipated, highly speculated about reunion will happen next year. The band announced on its site this morning that July 3, 2009 will see them play at London's Hyde Park.
The gig will be the first time guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James, drummer Dave Rowntree and lead singer Damon Albarn have shared the stage since their 2000 performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m. in the UK, 4 a.m. Eastern/3 a.m. Central. They will cost you £45 each, which according to today's exchange rate is $66.27. Each buyer will be limited to six tickets and will be subject to a booking fee.
For more updates on the progress of the show, you can give Blur a few details like cell phone and e-mail address, and they'll send you more info on Blur in 2009. You'll also get to see a video interview with the band about the show, where they talk about the time they spent apart -- "a lot of little experiences, nothing personal" -- and what it's been like practicing together again -- "a bit like putting the A-Team back together for a job, we've gotta bust Rowntree out of law school."