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“Say ‘hola’ to la luna,” says Damon Albarn, turning thousands of heads towards the full moon that is casting its beautiful glow, adding to a magical atmosphere.

Blur: what's the story?

Damon's boys had it all: feted by the critics, adored by the fans for their tunes and pretty-boy looks. Enter Oasis, a crass rock 'n' roll band from Manchester, and the bubble bursts. John Mulvey charts the fall from favour, the self-pity, and the resurrection of a new, braver, Blur, while Andy Gill listens to the new single and Ryan Gilbey watches them live

THE CRITICS ROCK: Young, upwardly mobile

To see Sleeper at the London Astoria was to see the epitome of drab indie amateurism and too-famous-too-soon complacency. The drummer was the only band-member with any enthusiasm, while Louise Wener, the sex kitten who looks like a chipmunk, acted like she wished to be anywhere except on stage. Her singing made the audience wish it, too.

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Life and times on tour: leave out the philosophy, print the photographs . As Damon says, 'Fans couldn't give a toss about your intellectual manifesto. Most people just want to see you drunk on the pavement.' Photographs by Paul Postle

Blur: the tour starts here

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