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23 January 2022

Watch Damon Albarn Perform ‘Royal Morning Blue’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Damon Albarn delivered a moving rendition of Royal Morning Blue on US TV. You can watch the performance below.

The Blur and Gorillaz frontman featured as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in support of his 2021 solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows.

Appearing live in the studio, Albarn performed the record’s Royal Morning Blue on a piano in front of a changing, natural landscape backdrop. The musician was accompanied by a string quartet.

“At the end of the world/ Stay by my side/ At the end of the world/ Stay by my side/ Royal morning blue,” Albarn sang in the gentle outro to the song before the stage faded into darkness.

Meanwhile, Damon Albarn is due to showcase The Nearer The Fountain… at an intimate show in London next month. He’ll take to the stage at the Troxy on February 20 as part of the BRITs Week 2022 gig series.

The BRITs will be held at The O2 in London on February 8. BRITs Week presented by Mastercard for War Child will kick off on February 1 with Anne-Marie performing at Lafayette, before Bastille play at Earth Theatre on February 2.

Albarn will close the gig series – which will also feature the likes of Joy Crookes, Maisie Peters, Becky Hill, Mimi Webb and Craig David – with his show at the Troxy.

It comes after the singer-songwriter embarked on a stripped-back UK piano tour last month, which included dates in York, Newcastle and Glasgow.

In keeping with the minimalist tone of his latest material, Albarn played a melancholic version of Blur’s ‘Beetlebum’ during a special BBC Radio 2 set in November. He also covered The Human League’s 1981 classic ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

“I was gonna do [Blur’s] ‘Country House’ but I couldn’t make it miserable enough,” he joked with host Jo Whiley. “However hard I tried.”

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