CoS-Gorillaz have announced their first North American tour in four years.
The 21-date arena tour will see Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn joined on stage by a 14-piece band, as well as “a varied cast of guest artists”. Kicking off Sept. 11 in Vancouver, the tour also includes stops in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles Phoenix, Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn and Miami. EARTHGANG will open the majority of the dates except for the two Florida shows, which will be supported by Jungle.
I saw Gorillaz trending on Twitter this morning and thought they released more new music, but that’s even better news.
Last August, Gorillaz was released Meanwhilea surprise three-song EP inspired by Carnival and West London.
The previous year, they released their Song Machine project with Season 1: Strange Timez.
I’ve wanted to see a live Gorillaz show forever. I’ve never been there, and honestly didn’t even want to until I heard over and over again from people who called it an amazing experience.
Since we are in the circle of trust here, and continue to be honest, I hated these guys when they first came out in 2001. Being a giant Oasis fan and blood oath to them also meant having a hate extreme for their “rival” group, Blur. Damon Albarn was the band’s famous vocalist and a shit talker who was constantly trying to stir shit up with the Gallagher boys.
When they disbanded and he formed Gorillaz, it looked like he had just ripped off Daft Punk’s “One More Time Video”.
But the proof is in the pudding, the first album, Gorillaz, was a success. “Tomorrow Comes Today”, “Clint Eastwood”, “19-2000”, “Rock the House”, “Clint Eastwood”, and “5/4” were all huge hits.
Following this with the incredibly important and difficult to achieve second album, demon days which turned out to be just a great if not even better solidified Gorillaz like the real deal.
If that wasn’t enough, for the majority of their dates they bring one of my favorite bands with them as opening act: Jungle.
If you don’t know who Jungle is, you need to familiarize yourself because they are really awesome.
As I wrote in August –
– One of the best albums of the summer was released by Jungle. Their third LP, Loving in Stereo, is 45 minutes of syn jazz disco funk. Just an amazing album that I highly recommend releasing. Here are two great preview tracks
and here is the album –
Jugle is a seven-piece funk band signed to the famous English independent label XL. They have an indie rock that meets a disco-fu sound and are some of the most fun music to listen to right now. They call their sound “lovable, non-invasive and bass-heavy” tracks, but they rely heavily on massive vocals to mask the lack of dominant frontman.
If you like 70s sounds, you’ll love Jungle.
I’m excited to see Gorillaz in October at the United Center. But they’re with Earthgang which I admittedly don’t know exists, so I’ll have to head to Miami later in the month to catch them with Jungle. Below are the dates for the fall tour.
2022 Gorillaz Tour Dates:
08/19 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival
11/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
09/12 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena*
09/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *
09/17 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ Life is Beautiful Festival *
09/19 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Vivint Smart Home Arena*
09/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center *
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum*
9/26 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Footprint Center *
9/28 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena*
09/30 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center *
01/10 – Irving, TX @ The Toyota Music Factory Pavilion*
3/10 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center *
05/10 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena vs.
06/10 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena *
08/10 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Center *
10/11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden*
10/12 – Brooklyn, New York @ Barclays Center*
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia *
10/17 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
10/19 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheater*
10/21 – Orlando, Florida @ Amway Center ^
10/23 – Miami, Florida @ FTX Arena ^