Gorillaz drop stage disguises
Published 30/04/2010 | 08:37
Cartoon pop act Gorillaz dropped their disguises for the first time at a major UK show as Damon Albarn's "virtual" band began a two-night run of gigs.
Previous appearances have seen the band hide behind screens with holograms appearing onstage instead.
But for Thursday night's show, the band ditched the pretence and played as themselves, as stars such as David Walliams and fiancee Lara Stone looked on.
The performance reunited former Clash stars Paul Simonon and Mick Jones - now part of the live band but who had not played together for nearly 30 years until they worked on Gorillaz' latest album Plastic Beach.
Gorillaz played at The Roundhouse venue in Camden, north London with guest vocalists such as rapper Mos Def and soul legend Bobby Womack. Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder, De La Soul and the National Orchestra For Arabic Music also joined them.
It was the first UK gig for more than four years, apart from fan-only warm-up shows.
For a number of years the group - essentially Blur star Albarn and his former flatmate, cartoonist Jamie Hewlett - have hidden their identities behind adopted cartoon guises. Even interviews have been conducted under the assumed names of Murdoc and 2D and videos have featured their animated forms.
Until reuniting for Gorillaz, punk pioneers Simonon and Jones had not played together since 1981 when they recorded Clash album Combat Rock, apart from off-the-cuff performances including Kate Moss's birthday party in 2006.