GORILLAZ GET DOWN TO US MONKEY BUSINESS

And fans queue to meet the 'band' at an instore signing session - even though they're not supposed to exist...

Gorillaz kicked off their first ever US tour with a sold out show in BOSTON, Monday night (February 25), followed by an instore appearance.

The set list consisted of the majority of the Gorillaz‘s self-titled album, with repeat versions of current UK single ‘Tomorrow Comes Today’ and ‘Clint Eastwood’ as an encore.

From behind a screen of projected animations, an obscured Damon Albarn (2-D) and rapper The Last Emperor added live vocals with live and recorded material.

Dan The Automator opened the evening with a DJ set featuring classic hip-hop hits from Digital Underground, Brand Nubian and Cypress Hill, but stood in the VIP balcony for the extent of the Gorillaz set.

After the show, about 300 fans queued up for an appearance by Albarn and The Automator at the nearby Virgin Megastore to promote the release of the Gorillaz‘B-side album release, ‘G-Sides’.

Inside the store, fans were treated to another DJ set by The Automator. In a brief instore interview, Albarn talked about the second Gorillaz album, describing the process as “organic” and the record as “looking quite dark right now”.

When the interviewer described the Gorillaz show as Pink Floyd for the next generation, Albarn quipped, “No disrespect to Pink Floyd, but we’ve got tunes.”

Albarn and The Automator also took time out to sign a handful of autographs. One lucky attendee won an original storyboard from the ’19/2000′ video, signed by Albarn.

The group continue to tour the US until the middle of March, while a UK single, ‘Tomorrow Comes Today’, was released on Monday (February 25).