July 27th, 2010
We’re not really into cartoons anymore — not even Adult Swim, not even Family Guy — but we can get behind Gorillaz, the “virtual cartoon band” that first sprang from the minds of Blur’s Damon Albarn and Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett more than a decade ago. They’ve put out three solid-to-fantastic albums, the latest being this year’s highly underrated Plastic Beach; earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as “Most Successful Virtual Band”; and from all accounts have put on some amazing, innovative concerts that blend real musicians with loads of video animation, cool art, and stupendous stage design. Philly gets to find out for itself how it all goes down when Gorillaz comes to Susquehanna Bank Center on October 10th for its first local appearance. Tickets go on sale August 6th.
Although it’s not been 100% confirmed which non-virtual musicians are in the current Gorillaz live line-up (they’re trying to keep it somewhat of a secret), we’re hearing that it’s Albarn, ex-Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, Bobby Womack, and members of De La Soul, among others. Which, if true — WOW!