Blur Announce Two Low Key June Shows
Britpop icons Blur are gearing up for their massive reunion gigs by playing two warm-up shows in London this June.
Rather randomly, the reunited rockers will play a benefit gig at Colchester's East Anglian Railway Museum on 13 June, before a showcase at London's Goldsmiths College, of which guitarist Graham Coxon and bassist Alex James are alumni, on 22 June. Proceeds from this show will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust.
The intimate shows preclude the band's first arena shows in nearly a decade, at Manchester MEN Arena on 26 June, Hyde Park on 2/3 July as well as headline appearances at the Glastonbury, T In The Park and Oxegen festivals.For tickets you have to register at the band's official website. More warm-up shows will be announced soon
Graham Coxon Gear Guide
Coxon is one of the best guitarists to come out of Britain in the 90’s. So let’s take this opportunity to have a look at what gear helped him to achieve his sound…and alternative gear in case you want to replicate it but can’t afford/ find the right gear!
Coxon live, with a trustworthy Telecaster
Other guitars Coxon plays include Fender Mustangs, Gibson Les Paul Custom and, recently, 335 semi-acoustics on some occasions. If you can’t afford a Mustang, try the Squier Duo-Sonic, a really cool guitar.
As far as amps go, Coxon has always opted for Marshall.1959 reissue head and 4×12 cabs.
Some of those pedals have been discontinued: The BF-2 has been replaced by the BF-3 now. Behringer now makes a copie of teh sought-after PN-2, called TP-300 Ultra Tremolo/ Pan, The VB-2 is also sadly gone. Again, Behringer is here to save the day, with their VB-2 replica, the Ultra Vibrato UV300 pedal. It’s a very credible copy, with all the same controls as the original…perfect for “Chemical World”-type of vibrato.
His setup has changed little over the years, and most recent reports show he has added a few more effects to his chain: Boss CS-3, Boss NS-2, Shin-ei fuzzbox,dod punkifier, Electro Harmonix Holy Grail. Apparently he also uses an old Boss DM-2 analogue delay.
He now uses a custom pedalboard that has all switches down the front strip and just pedal controls along the back, like a looper sytem. It also has a tuner mute switch and guitar switching at the start of the chain.
Graham Coxon’s pedalboard (click to enlarge)
Watch: Blur, ‘Chemical World’
Blur is an English alternative rock band that formed in Colchester, England in 1989. The four members of the band are: Damon Albarn (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Graham Coxon (guitar, vocals), Alex James (bass guitar) and Dave Rowntree (drums). Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change in 1992â€”influenced by English guitar groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and XTCâ€”Blur released Modern… more