Shaun Ryder, De La Soul, Bobby Womack also guest live
Damon Albarn’s band were replacing U2 at the Somerset bash, after their singer Bono suffered a back injury and required surgery last month, forcing the cancellation.
The collective featured The Clash‘s guitarist and bassist Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, plus a string section, brass band and Albarn himself on piano and vocals.
Playing ’Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’ early in the set, Gorillaz relied on screens featuring Snoop Dogg, despite the rapper playing the same stage earlier that day.
The no show led to huge surprise among fans – however, the rapper eventually appeared during last song of the night, performing the rap on ’Clint Eastwood’, dropping the words of his own hit ’Drop It Like It’s Hot’ over the song in place of Del The Funky Homosapien who performed on the original.
The set also featured Bobby Womack on vocals on ’Stylo’ – although Mos Def, who had been due to join him, had to cancel his festival appearance due to a family death – and ’Cloud Of Unknowing’, while Bashy and Kano rapped on ’White Flag’.
Elsewhere in the set, Mark E Smith performed vocals on ’Glitter Freeze’ – although he needed a little help, reading his lyrics from a printout.
Reed, meanwhile, was making his debut live performance with Gorillaz, having contributed vocals to ‘Some Kind Of Nature’ on recent album ’Plastic Beach’. He arrived onstage unannounced mid-set, playing a guitar solo before the song kicked in and he sang.
Albarn was headlining the festival on the Pyramid Stage for the second year in a row, having closed last year’s event as frontman of Blur. He was clearly enjoying his performance with Gorillaz, leading a huge singalong of ‘Pirate Jet’ before the four-song encore ended the show and the first night of musical action at Glastonbury 2010.
‘Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach’
‘Last Living Souls’
‘O Green World’
‘Kids With Guns’
‘On Melancholy Hill’
‘Some Kind Of Nature’
‘Cloud Of Unknowing’
‘Fire Coming Out’
‘Feel Good Inc’