Gorillaz rolled out the hits and plenty of star guests last night (October 8) as they played to a packed house at New York’s world famous Madison Square Garden arena.
The show is part of their very first American tour which is due to last until early November.
As reported during the week, the show featured an appearance from Lou Reed who reprised his role on the ‘Plastic Beach’ album track ‘Some Kind Of Nature’. After some initial confusion as to whether Reed was ready to take the stage, the singer finally arrived after a short delay and strapped on his guitar to play the song much to the delight of his hometown crowd.
Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn was also visibly delighted and warmly embraced the former Velvet Underground singer as he left the stage.
The two-hour set also featured the likes of Mos Def adding vocals to ‘Stylo’ and ‘Sweepstakes’, Miho Hatori of Cabo Matto singing on ‘19/2000’, De La Soul rapping on ‘Feel Good Inc’ and Bobby Womack who guested on both ‘Stylo’ while adding his usual solo encore of ‘Cloud Of Unknowing’.
The night also featured a rare onstage sighting of Albarn’s non-musical partner Jamie Hewlett, who took a bow during the encore for his work on the band’s visuals and animation.
‘Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach’
’19/2000′ (with Miho Hatori)
‘Last Living Souls’
‘Stylo’ (with Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
‘On Melancholy Hill’
‘Superfast Jellyfish’ (with De La Soul)
‘Tomorrow Comes Today’
‘Some Kind of Nature’ (with Lou Reed)
‘Empire Ants’ (with Little Dragon)
‘White Flag’ (with The American Syrian Orchestra, Kano and Bashy)
‘DARE’ (with Rosie Wilson)
‘Sweepstakes’ (with Mos Def)
‘Cloud of Unknowing’ (with Bobby Womack)
‘Feel Good Inc.’ (with De La Soul)
‘Clint Eastwood’ (with Kano and Bashy)
‘Don’t Get Lost In Heaven’
‘Demon Days’ (with Bobby Womack)
The tour resumes on Sunday (October 10) at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey.