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Sunday 17 December 2017

Albarn: Hopper will be with us

Damon Albarn says Gorillaz will show Easy Rider footage during their set
Damon Albarn says Gorillaz will show Easy Rider footage during their set

Damon Albarn has revealed the late Dennis Hopper will appear on stage with the Gorillaz at Glastonbury in footage from his classic film Easy Rider.

The musician and his artist friend Jamie Hewlett are planning a special tribute to the actor, who died last month.

Hopper narrated on the track Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head on their album Demon Days.

Damon told the Sun: "I think he's be happy with what we've planned, I know he would want to be doing this if he was still with us.

"I saw him three weeks before he passed away and, obviously, he was incredibly ill. But he was very positive about everything.

"It's important for us to have him there because I know he'd have been there if he hadn't been ill."

Jamie added: "It's a perfect environment to do a tribute to Dennis Hopper."

Damon, 42, who has headlined the festival twice before with Blur, confessed he still gets nervous no one will come and watch the Gorillaz, who will have special guest Lou Reed performing with them.

He confided: "I actually woke up and though 'Oh s**t is anyone going to like this? Are our songs well known enough? All the same old anxieties, the dreams are starting to come in of empty fields.

"For me Glastonbury is the most special festival on earth. I believe that there's magic in the earth there, so I'd never take it for granted."

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