Posted in music | tour dates on July 22, 2010

Gorillaz @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)

"With blown minds still reeling from a record-breaking one-off headline appearance at this year's Coachella festival, Gorillaz have confirmed that their worldwide "Escape To Plastic Beach" tour will begin in North America with a 20 date stretch commencing October 3 at Montreal's Bell Centre and including the band's first ever performance at Madison Square Garden on October 8."
Press release continued, with tour trailer video, below...


Gorillaz fanclub, the Sub-Division, will benefit from a 48 hour pre-sale ahead of tickets going on general sale. To join Sub-Division go to

The U.S. and Canada dates, full details of which will be announced shortly, will be followed by a series of 10 shows across Europe and the UK, including a two-night stand at London's O2 arena, as well as seven shows across Australia and Asia.

Gorillaz co-creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's new live experience encompassing material from all three multi-platinum Gorillaz albums played its first ever show at this April's Coachella festival, absolutely slaying a crowd of 70,000 in the final headline slot of the weekend. Featuring Albarn, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash, Bobby Womack, Little Dragon, Bootie Brown, UK Hip Hop stars Kano and Bashy and others as well as video animation, artwork, film and stage design by Hewlett, Gorillaz have since played in front of more than 400,000 fans headlining Glastonbury, Roskilde in Denmark and Benicassim Festival in Spain and will soon become the first Western band of their magnitude to play in Syria when they play the ancient Citadel in Damascus on July 25th following a headline slot at Byblos Festival, in Beirut, Lebanon.

On the heels of the recently released third Gorillaz album Plastic Beach being voted #1 album of 2010 thus far in NPR's listeners poll, and first single/video "Stylo" setting the record for the most successful YouTube Music Tuesday premiere ever, Gorillaz have followed up with an epic clip for "On Melancholy Hill." The narrative reveals the whereabouts of Gorillaz guitar slinger Noodle, making her first appearance since her apparent demise in the "El Manana" video that capped the 2005-2006 Demon Days campaign, and drummer Russel Hobbs, returning from MIA status transformed into a giant. "On Melancholy Hill" also picks up immediately following the conclusion of the white knuckle chase captured in "Stylo," with Noodle's Cyborg doppelganger, Murdoc and vocalist 2D headed to Plastic Beach by way of an undersea odyssey featuring cameos from Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Simonon and Jones, De La Soul and more. The full back story of the various Gorillaz misadventures filling the gap between Demon Days and Plastic Beach, the discovery of Point Nemo and construction of Murdoc's new HQ, the formation of the current Gorillaz live band and more are chronicled in Journey To Plastic Beach Journey To Plastic Beach recently debuted alongside "Feel Good Inc.," "DARE," "Clint Eastwood" and other visual essentials from the extensive Gorillaz videography at the band's recently christened Hulu channel at

Plastic Beach was released March 9 in the U.S. on EMI's Virgin Records. It immediately set two career landmarks, selling more than 112,000 copies in its first week and entering the U.S. album chart at #2. Both career highs, the sales number and chart position bested those of 2005's double-platinum Demon Days, which sold 107,000 in its debut week, entering the chart at #6.

Gorillaz a/k/a Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs were co-created by Albarn and Hewlett over ten years ago, and unleashed on the world with their self-titled 2001 debut album, which has sold nearly two million copies in the U.S. The band's 2005 follow up, Demon Days, featured the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal Grammy winner "Feel Good Inc." and sold in excess of two million copies in America.



Comments (30)

Wavves is headlining this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:44 AM

Blown minds? Everything I read about the Coachella show screamed that it sucked. This is one of the worst and most overrated bands out there. Will never understand their appeal.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:45 AM

Worst coachella set period. - real headliner sunday night was atoms for peace!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:46 AM

There show at the Apollo was amazing..hopefully all the guest will be at MSG...still MSG maybe a little to big for them in The USA...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:54 AM

I don't know about the Coachella show, but if you think this is 'one of the worst and most overrated bands out there,' then you are totally clueless. Apollo show I saw a few years back was brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:56 AM

same night as SWANS :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:56 AM

Jones and Simonon still playing? If so that would be my only primary reason to go.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:57 AM

11:57 I think they have been at every show so far on this recent tour.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:02 PM

SWANS >>>>>> Gorillaz

If you see Gorillaz over SWANS, you suuuuuck at life!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:07 PM

I would say the opposite 12:07 oh well....Anyone have the rest of the US dates for Gorillaz?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:08 PM

A bunch of wonderful musicians. Don't know what you guys are talking about! Gorillaz live, totally worth seeing

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:43 PM

I hope they play at smaller venues. MSG is just too big.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:50 PM

12:07 you suck at life

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:52 PM

Why Bowery Presents? Radio City or Apollo would have been a much better choice....

oh well....there's other shows that you can go that night....

1) Swans! at Brooklyn Masonic
2) Octopus Project at MHOW
3) Slayer/Megadeth at Nassau

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:52 PM

Radio City would have been a good choice...Hopefully tickets are cheap at MSG....

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:53 PM

Free Daft Punk show that night...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:55 PM

fuck you all - i'm going to Gorillaz and THEN Swans at Bowery

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 1:51 PM

Then you are good at life? Must be opposite day!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 1:57 PM

who the f#%k are the swans?

Posted by thighmaster | July 22, 2010 2:01 PM

jesus, $44 to join the fanclub? that's a bit much...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 2:02 PM

get miho hattori back in this band and ill pay attention

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 2:31 PM

saw them at Roskilde in Denmark, fortunately Sweden is close by and the little dragon singer came on for a few songs. although the overall volume level was pretty low compared to other acts on the main stage...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:05 PM


Shove your music elitism up your ass.
Kill yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:22 PM

Swans > Taylor Swift > Gorillaz

Posted by LKJ | July 22, 2010 4:46 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 5:30 PM

no, you're totally right. MORONS.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 6:39 PM

Easily and hands down the most boring band I've ever seen live. EVER!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 6:46 PM

Have you only seen one concert ever before 6:46? The shows at the Apollo were easily the best shows of the last 300 concerts I have been to. Over 75 special guest in 1 night...boring...what are you smoking?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 7:08 PM

Looks like there is an annual fee to join that group. Ah well.

Posted by Burg | July 23, 2010 8:55 AM

will be buying tix as soon a they are up

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 2:31 PM

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