Damon Albarn Refuses to End Epic Festival Set, Is Carried Offstage by Security
Even rock stars have to obey curfew. Our latest reminder comes slightly outside the world of classic rock, courtesy of Blur singer Damon Albarn, whose endurance-testing five-hour set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark ended with security carrying him off the stage.
As Diffuser notes, Albarn was at the festival with his Africa Express Project musical collective, and led the band through an expansive, covers-studded set that included a performance of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (which you can watch below) as well as a cover of Randy Newman's "Baltimore" and an appearance by Albarn's Blur bandmate Graham Coxon.
From the footage below, it's clear the crowd was completely into it, and so was Albarn — so much so that he was still going strong at 4AM, when security came onstage to let him know he needed to wrap things up. Unwilling to say goodnight so easily, Albarn let the audience know he wanted to stick around, encouraging them to shout their support while he tried stalling for time.
Fortunately, things didn't get too out of hand. Presumably knowing he was outnumbered and likely exhausted after hours of singing, Albarn didn't put up much of a fight when a member of the security team picked him up and carried him off the stage. Check it out above, and consider making plans to call in sick for work the next day if you ever make it out for one of Albarn's concerts.
Damon Albarn and Africa Express Project Perform "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
See 2015’s Biggest Rock News Stories