September 24, 2022

Gorillaz kicked off their North American tour on Sunday night time (September eleventh) to a packed Rogers Area in Vancouver, BC. The immersive expertise demonstrated why the digital band is without doubt one of the most influential acts of the previous 20 years — and why they’re to not be missed in individual (seize tickets to the tour right here).

Co-creator, frontman, and first contributor Damon Albarn was like a conductor, lovingly main his sprawling reside ensemble and distinctive backing singers. Organized on glittering risers like an orchestra, they performed beneath an enormous display displaying artist Jamie Hewlett’s iconic animated band members — Murdoc, Noodle, Russel, and 2D — whereas dancing lights bathed the room in coloration.

Gorillaz have been masters of experimental storytelling proper from the outset, creating huge, multidimensional, multimedia universes for his or her eclectic music to reside and breathe in. Their 2001 eponymous debut, for instance, had interactive on-line options that allowed guests to nearly discover Murdoc’s Winnebago (the RV has change into an icon in Gorillaz mythology), whereas 2020’s collaborative audiovisual internet mission Music Machine had songs, that includes artists like Robert Smith, Slowthai, and Elton John, launched episodically as music movies.

Gorillaz, picture by Jeff Vinnick/Rogers Area

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