The Gorillaz: Musical Evolution
While most Philadelphia sports fans were glued to a television set on Sunday night watching the Eagles or Phillies play, area music lovers flocked to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ to see The Gorillaz play one of the first shows on their recent “Escape to Plastic Beach” tour.
Independent Philly caught The Gorillaz performance in April when they closed out the final night of the Coachella Festival in front of a festival record crowd of over 70,000 fans. We were excited to see them play locally in a smaller, more intimate setting.
N.E.R.D. (which was originally a side project for The Neptunes) opened the show.
The Gorillaz were formed in 1998 by Damon Albarn (lead singer of the band “Blur”) and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett (who is best known for “Tank Girl”). Since that time they have sold well over 20,000,000 albums, collaborated with numerous musicians & vocalists, and played shows all over the world.
then played the music that went with a video: “Welcome to the World of
the Plastic Beach” Feat. Snoop Dogg dressed as a sea captain. It was fantastic.
The band consists of four animated members: 2D, Noodle, Russel Hobbs, and Murdoc Niccals. Damon Albarn is the only perminant non-animated band member.
The Gorillaz (who are rarely seen in public and generally only appear in animated form) wowed the crowd at the SBC with hits like “Feel Good Inc.”, “Clint Eastwood”, “Stylo” “Demon Days” “Dirty Harry” and “Rock The House”.
Their stage show (consisting of a large & versitile band, lights, and stunning video displays which showcase the animated band members) is truly mind-blowing and cannot be fully appreciated unless seen live and in person.
You can check out the Gorillaz at www.gorillaz.com
[Photo Credits: Rachel Newby]