Gorillaz are currently treating hardcore devotees to an exclusive fan-only rehearsal tour around England. The core band includes Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn alongside reunited Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. The current tour is in preparation for the group’s Coachella gig along with two just-announced London shows at the Roundhouse April 29 and 30. Much like the cartoon collective’s albums, the LDN gigs will be heavy on big name guests.
Albarn, Jones and Simonon will be joined by Mos Def, Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, the Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder, Bashy, Kano, Little Dragon, and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music to play tunes from their new Best New Music’d LP Plastic Beach along with other hits. A press release also promises “video animation, artwork, and film” by Gorillaz visual guru Jamie Hewlett.
And, based on fan footage of a recent fan club gig, we can also expect a few sailor hats, too. Watch a YouTube of “Dirty Harry” below. All upcoming Gorillaz dates are listed below as well.
“Dirty Harry” (live at rehearsal show in Portsmouth, England, on March 21):
03-23 Cambridge, England – Junction *
03-25 Brighton, England – Old Market *
03-26 Birmingham, England – Irish Centre *
03-27 Lincoln, England – Engine Shed *
04-18 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-29 London, England – Roundhouse
04-30 London, England – Roundhouse
07-01-04 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
* fan club-only show