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There's no other way... to get home: Blur's Damon Albarn takes MTR in Hong Kong

Britpop legends spotted day after first ever Hong Kong gig

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 May, 2013, 2:57pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 9:49am

After thrilling thousands of delighted Hongkongers with their first gig in Hong Kong in their 25-year history, you might have expected the boys from rock band Blur to be chauffeured around the city in luxury.

But Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and drummer Dave Rowntree went largely unnoticed when they took a trip on the MTR on Tuesday.

At least one passenger recognised the scruffy trio as the Britpop pioneers and promptly snapped a couple of pictures which have been circulating on Twitter and Facebook today.

[Updated: The photo of Albarn was shot by MTR rider Marian Joy Hernandez, and Coxon by Mikey Amistoso.]

The boys from Colchester, Essex, - famous for hits including There's No Other Way, Tender and Parklife - are in Hong Kong for a week. During Monday night's gig Albarn announced to the audience that, due to the cancellation of a gig in Japan, they would remain in Hong Kong and make a new record.

Albarn told the audience: "So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try to record another record, so we're going to make one here in Hong Kong."

It was unclear whether he meant the band would record a new album or just a single. If they were to record an album, it would be the first since Think Tank in 2003. The band reunited in 2009 for a sell-out Hyde Park gig in London and have since released two singles. Last year they went into the studio to record an album with producer William Orbit, but according to NME, Albarn halted recording.  

There are several recording studios in Hong Kong. When SCMP.com contacted Craig Lomas at Beating Heart Studios in Shek Tong Tsui, he denied they were recording at his studio.

David Sum at Zeal Studio in Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, also said the band were not recording at Zeal. Red Room, also in Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, had not returned SCMP.com's email.

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"Man takes MTR to go home".
So, a slow news day then?
I think credits should be given whoever got these photos. My dear friends from Manila who went to see Blur's concert saw them at the MTR and took the photos.... :)
down to earth blur - nice one !
i know the guys who took these photos, and i know that you never asked for their permission to post these. not good.
also, since when did scmp become a tabloid?
holy moly where else are they not going to record ?!
viviennechow - do you know where they are recording?
I know where they went today.
I thought rock stars only move around by limo and heavily guarded? I guess there must be a huge traffic issue here in HK that they have to jump onto MTR?
Is this what we call news?


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