Damon Albarn gives update on Del The Funky Homosapien following Gorillaz stage fall

The rapper fell off stage during the band's Roskilde Festival headline set

Damon Albarn has given an update on Del The Funky Homosapien after the rapper fell off stage at the weekend.

The incident happened while Gorillaz were headlining Roskilde Festival in Denmark on Saturday (July 7). The rapper posted on social media that he had been hospitalised, but was okay.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, Albarn said: “Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other. He’s gonna be fine. It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate.”

 

He continued: “When he fell down, I was looking at him like, ‘Come on get up there’s 80,000 people out there and we need to finish.’ I thought I was going to able to carry the song on. I thought he was going to be okay. But he really wasn’t. He’s gonna be alright. Bless him. It’s an awful, awful thing that I can’t quite believe. I keep playing it through my head. He will get better, he’s gonna be fine.”

Listen to the interview above. The full chat will be broadcast on Beats 1 tomorrow (July 12) between 11am and 1pm.

Gorillaz are currently on tour in Europe after releasing their new album ‘The Now Now‘ last month (June 29). In a four-star review, NME said: “20 years after the outlines of the band was first sketched by co-creator Jamie Hewlett, the band clearly still stands as a vivid creative outlet for Albarn. He’s managed to tap into the chaotic ethos so electrifying and unpredictable first time round, and reanimate the band’s fortunes in dazzling fashion.”

Meanwhile, Albarn also gave his assessment on England’s World Cup run, saying he has “never felt this feeling” of belief in the team’s chances before.