has been plenty busy working on new material with Blur and playing with Flea in their new supergroup Rocketjuice and The Moon, but those commitments aren’t stopping him from reactivating his other supergroup: The Good, the Bad & the Queen.
Composed of Albarn, bassist Paul Simonon (The Clash), guitarist Simon Tong (Blur and The Verve) and drummer Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), The Good, the Bad & the Queen returned to the live arena for the first time in three years last night — and what’s more, they played two different shows in one night.
As Consequence of Sound reports, Albarn and company made their official live return on the deck of the Rainbow Warrior, a boat owned by charity organization Greenpeace, off the banks of the River Thames. Along with encouraging the audience to get involved with Greenpeace, the band played a half-hour set of music culled from the group’s eponymous first (and only) album.
Later that night, The Good, the Bad & the Queen played a longer, standard-venue show at the Coronet in London. The group took this opportunity to cover a song by Albarn’s main musical project Gorillaz: “On Melancholy Hill.”
You can watch videos from of the band’s performances, including the Gorillaz cover, below:
“On Melancholy Hill”: