A host of special guests performed live with Gorillaz last night (November 1) as they opened their five night residency in Manchester.
Neneh Cherry, De La Soul, Ike Turner, Roots Manuva, Martina Topley Bird and Shaun Ryder all appeared onstage at the Manchester Opera House as the band performed second album ‘Demon Days’ in its entirety.
The show blended live performance, 3-D animation and even a guest appearance from band members 2-D and Murdoc who appeared as life size puppets in one of the Royal boxes.
They caused mischief throughout, at one point showering fans with popcorn before leading the cheers for the band to return during the encore.
The biggest cheer of the night came for Manchester legend Shaun Ryder who appeared onstage to sing vocals on the Number One single ‘DARE’.
Wearing a black Addidas top and jeans, at one point he danced wiggling his behind at the audience.
The band, led by Damon Albarn on piano, could be seen but for large parts of the set, they remained in silhouettes while a giant screen behind projected various animations.
The gig was held to launch the Manchester International Festival.
Speaking about the event, Albarn said: “We’re very excited to be getting all the guest artists together in one place for these shows. The festival is going to be an engaged, outward looking event and that really appeals to me, and it fits perfectly with Gorillaz.”
The shows continue tonight (November 2) and conclude on Saturday (November 5).
Different special guests are expected to feature on each night.
The set ran:
‘Last Living Souls’
‘Kids With Guns’
‘O Green World’
‘Feel Good Inc’
‘Every Planet We Reach Is Dead’
‘November Has Come’
‘Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey’s Head’
‘Don’t Get Lost In Heaven’