GORILLAZ made their “live” debut last night (March 22) with a bizarre performance at LONDON SCALA.
The animated alter-egos of Blur‘s Damon Albarn, Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura and ‘Tank Girl’ illustrator Jamie Hewlett frolicked on a screen stretched across the front of the stage, while their human counterparts played behind it, invisible apart from the occasional silhouette.
The cartoon showed the Gorillaz racing around London while the well-drilled band ignored entreaties from the crowd to ‘show yourselves’. The show culminated in a performance of single ‘Clint Eastwood’ from a balcony above the audience with vocals from ragga legend Sweetie Irie and four gyrating ragga girls.
The celebrity-packed audience included Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, Nicole Appleton, Helena Christensen, Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Jonathan Ross, Keith Flint, Liam Howlett and Ant & Dec.
The humans behind the Gorillaz kept a low profile all evening, although Damon – who had previously claimed he wouldn’t be there – pronounced himself pleased with the way the gig had gone at the aftershow party, held at The Velvet Underground club in the West End.
The band’s eponymous album is released through Parlophone on March 26.