Damon Albarn laughs off £1 Olympic payment
Charlie Teasdale

11:28 13th August 2012

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Damon Albarn won't be retiring from the money made at last night's Hyde Park gig, as the Blur frontman has revealed that the band were paid just £300 for the show.

The Britpop legend spoke about how little he and his bandmates had been paid for the show, but went on to say that money wasn't why they performed in the first place.

"Guess how much they’re paying us. Three hundred quid," he told Absolute Radio ahead of the band's performance. "When you divide that between four and add publishing, management and tax, it’s down to about a quid. But that’s not why you agree to do it."

The frontman then wen't on to say: "It gives us a chance to play to a lot of people in London. In the sense of the Olympics it’s nice to get involved and celebrate this amazing city. "Everyone’s feeling pretty good about London, and I’m there with that because I love this city."

The gig was generally a huge success, with classic tracks such as 'Parklife' and 'Boys and Girls' being performed, however some fans have noted that the show wasn't loud enough. It would seem that Westminster Council's noise restriction has reared its ugly head once again.

Blur have been indecisive about whether they will perform together again, and have both alluded to and denied that more new material is on its way. However, bassist and cheesemonger Alex James recently said "If Hyde Park's s**t then that's definitely it."

Below: photos of Blur's Olympic Hyde Park gig


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