Gorillaz announce Tour Dates
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.
Title: On Melancholy Hill
Release date: 07/22/10
Buy at: Amazon
"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 http://www.hulu.com/watch/158164/gorillaz-journey-to-plastic-beach#s-p1-sr-i0. 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 http://www.hulu.com/gorillaz
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.
"The guest appearances from Bobby Womack, De La Soul, the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and more were all real. Not that Albarn really needed any help commanding attention. He sang with real soul and exhibited boundless energy... This, ladies and gentlemen, was pop spectacle done right."--ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"The evolving band-art project -- that originally began as a partnership between Blur's Damon Albarn and comics artist Jamie Hewlett -- was at its most expansive at Coachella. Albarn acted as a composer and a conjurer, directing a mini symphony and waving his arms to inspire flashes of synthesized and electronic sounds. The Gorillaz -- aided by Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, anchors of what was once one of England's most ambitious bands, the Clash -- were, in many ways, the most perfect of Coachella bands."--LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Gorillaz, the multi-media music project helmed by former Blur front man Damon Albarn and Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett, is the most intriguing, and perhaps one of the most important, music groups to emerge from the '00s. Nowhere was that more obvious than Sunday night at Coachella, when Gorillaz sucked the crowd from virtually every other portion of Empire Polo Field for a rousing conclusion to the festival."--LA WEEKLY
"On Melancholy Hill" by Gorillaz - release date: 07/22/10..