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Gorillaz Performing Live
Gorillaz brought great news to its fans: they will perform a seven stops live tour this autumn and each show announces to be more exciting than the previous one.
The tour will start on 08th of October in Toronto and after passing through Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago, will wrap up in Pico Rivera, where Gorillaz will stage the one-day “Demon Dayz Festival” on 20th of October.
Gorillaz will be accompanied in the tour by “The Internet” and “Little Dragon”, as well as by Erykah Badu and D.R.A.M. who will play with the band at the “Demon Dayz Festival”.
The tour is performed in support of the band’s new album – “The Now Now”, released on 29th of June.
Tickets for all the seven live shows already went on sale Friday, 08th of June.
The recordings for “The Now Now” album began at the end of 2017, while Gorillaz were performing “Humanz Tour”. It is the band’s sixth record and it was produced by James Ford.
Damon Albarn, the co-founder of the band, declared the album was recorded in a very short period of time (about a month) so the band has more songs to perform in future concerts. The first clues about the album were given to fans during “All Point East Festival” through a series of posters. The links contained by those posters led to a site that provided a teaser and a short fragment from a song and the date set for its release.
The 50 years Damon Albarn declared that he continues to write songs because he still believes that an international band which makes it to the top of the charts has the power to change the world, especially since the method the band uses to reach its fans is cartoons, which often “speak” to the young generations everywhere.
Some of the music critics appreciated “The Now Now” as the most melancholic album of the band since “Plastic Beach”. And we can take the critics’ words as true, if, for example, we take into account the abundance of acoustic guitars from “Idaho” single, which seem to help Albarn enjoy the beauty of nature.
“Humility”, the opening song of this 11 tracks album, brings to fans the riffs of George Benson, which romp like a bunch of dragonflies, joined by bass lines leaps and synthesizer speed.
The only song which features vocal guests is “Hollywood”, through which Jamie Principle and Snoop Dogg bring the album the dose of “different” every Gorilla album contains.
“Lake Zurich” sounds to music fans like “The Message”, sang by “Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five”, thanks to the same stutter of synthesizers.
In the end, “The Now Now” – Gorillaz second album in two years – is written in a simple and enjoyable style, yet with a flavor of isolation, especially since Albarn wrote of it while he was in hotel penthouses.
Gorillaz debuted at the end of 2000 and its novelty consisted in the cartoons the band used to illustrate each member as a cartoon character. The group was founded by Damon Albarn from “Blur”, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Miho Hatori from “Cibo Matto”, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of “Tom Tom Club”, while Jamie Hewlett, the creator of “Tank Girl”, created the visuals.
Gorillaz first EP was “Tomorrow comes today”, followed in 2001 by the single “Clint Eastwood”. 2001 was also the year in which Gorillaz released their first album, which was self-titled and made Gorillaz famous all over the world, with 7 million copies sold. One year later the band took a break, as Albarn returned to work with “Blur” on the album “Think Tank”, released on 2003.
Gorillaz’ new album, called “Demon days”, was released in 2005. It featured several collaborations, such as Shaun Ryder, De La Soul, Dennis Hopper and others and reached Top Ten. The album was produced by Danger Mouse, the DJ who mixed the “White Album” of Beatles and the “Black Album” of Jay-Z, obtaining “The Grey Album”. “Demon days” received platinum certification in the U.S., had great success in Great Britain and was nominated for “Grammy Awards”.
In 2007, the band started working on a new album, released only in 2010, first for the members of the band’s fan club. “Plastic Beach” album was officially released in the spring of 2011 and featured two former members of “Clash” – Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, who appeared as part of Gorillaz.
2011 saw also the release of “The Singles Collection 2001–2011” and marked the beginning of a long period of inactivity. People began to whisper during this time that Albarn and Hewlett’s relationship started to fail. In 2015, the rumors proved to be unfounded, as online saw new illustrations created by Hewlett.
In January 2017 the band released the first track of its new album, called “Hallelujah Money”, a song filled with politics, made in cooperation with Benjamin Clementine, an English poet and musician. The album called “Humanz”, officially released in April 2017, featured also other guests, like Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Noel Gallagher, Grace Jones and others. The same year, the band hit the road with the second tour in its history, in support of “Humanz” album and Albarn brought fans, in collaboration with rapper Little Simz, the B-side of the album, called “Garage Palace”.
“Humanz” was followed by “The Now Now”, which you can see and hear live by getting your tickets.
Here is the full list of dates and venues for “The Now Now“ tour in North America:
October 08 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – with The Internet
October 09 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC – with The Internet
October 11 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA – with The Internet
October 13 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY – with The Internet
October 14 – TD Garden, Boston, MA – with Little Dragon
October 16 – United Center, Chicago, IL – with The Internet
October 20 – Demon Dayz 2018, Pico Rivera Sports Arena, Pico Rivera, CA – With Erykah Badu And D.R.A.M.