Thursday, July 2, 2009

Music Notes: Blur play sold-out Hyde Park gig, Jackson's rehearsal footage released

- Blur played the first of two gigs at London's Hyde Park tonight, performing for a sold-out crowd of 55,000 fans. The band will play Hyde Park again tomorrow night. While fans can order copies of the gigs, they can also catch a broadcast of the show on Absolute Radio 5 p.m. London time this Sunday. (Hint to fellow non-UK residents, just open up iTunes and look under "Pop" in the radio subsection). []

- Footage of Michael Jackson during rehearsals for his planned tour has been released to CNN. Watch below: [CNN]

- Michael Jackson's public memorial will be held 10 a.m., July 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. AEG Live President Randy Phillips said the details of the event are currently in preliminary stages. If the stadium's 20,000-seat capacity is reached, the rest of the crowd will be able to watch the memorial on large screens at Nokia Palace, which is in the center's vicinity. [Access Hollywood via Yahoo!]

- Dave Grohl, Queen of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones are working together. On what? No one really knows... [NME]

- Q-Tip will finally release his album, Kamaal the Abstract, on Sept. 15 after an eight-year delay. The delay was caused by conflicts with Q-Tip's former record label Arista Records. He will now release the album through Battery Records. [Paste Magazine]

- Fun new Franz Ferdinand video here. [Stereogum]

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