Damon Albarn

The next two weeks will be about who triumphs and the number of countries that ideally we don’t seem to realize exist. The Olympics do have a down side. As Damon Albarn recently spoke with The Sun, he was quoted to say: “We’re not doing the gig for the corporate side of the Olympics, we’re doing it for the human beings… It feels like you’re drowning in commercialism at the moment. It’s depressing.” Albarn was talking about Blur’s upcoming closing ceremony gig that will take place in Hyde Park supported by New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club. What we can take from this is the fact that there will always be a commercialism behind the Olympics, because – come on! – anytime someone can get their hands on a marketing scheme that promises a victory in any sort of the matter, will never pass that up. But Albarn made a point with saying this is about the human beings, the world all at once watching something instead of fighting and all the while getting to watch performances by great and talented musicians. It’s a bit like a festival but with hurdles and an indoor sand pit. He also said that Blur could disband after the closing ceremony marking it not only the end of the London Olympics but the end of Blur… that is for now.

And as Damon Albarn wants, “Leaving on a high note,” we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’ll be bittersweet but I think something as monumental as this – saving that last gig for history – is pretty spectacular.