Live Review: The Gorillaz at London’s Roundhouse – Thursday 29th April 2010

By on Friday, 30th April 2010 at 2:44 am

Just got in from a rather sensational Gorillaz gig at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden tonight. I’ve always been a fan of their singles, but not so much their album tracks so it was with some trepidation that I trekked from Bristol after work to make it in time to see Damon Albarn’s creations.

It’s been five years since the bands last UK performances, and whilst Albarn has been very busy (what with reuniting his old brit-pop chums Blur), his alter-egos have been resting until earlier this year they released second album, Plastic Beach. Originally the “first animated band”, 2-D, Noodle, Murdoc and Russel are now relegated to just being (rather amazing) projections behind the live band.

All dressed in sailors outfits, the band (including The Clash’ Mick Jones and Paul Simonon) were joined by a raft of legendary stars (Mos Def, Bobby Womack, Gruff Rhys, Bashy, Kano, De La Soul, Roses Gabor and Shaun Ryder) from Plastic Beach. Snoop Dogg joined in a video that had him dressed to the nines as a Naval Admiral, due to his ongoing UK visa issues.

Frankly, there were so many highlights it’s hard to pick one out – so much of the music is stuff I’d never normally go and see, but yet somehow it works to see The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music mixed with Kano and Bashy on the same track before having Shaun Ryder being his usual slightly unhinged self.

Each track had its own animations, from lush, 3D animations for “Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach” to old school war footage via animations and videos of beer going down the drain). I can’t help but feel that the whole production was better with a bigger focus on the music rather than the animations / 3D extravaganza that previously used to be the focus of a Gorillaz live show.

The band will be playing again on Friday night, and the gig will be streamed on MTV. Read the Guardian’s review here and NME’s review here.

After the jump: photos and full setlist.

Gorillaz played:

Orchestra Intro
Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
Last Living Souls
O Green World
On Melancholy Hill
Kids With Guns
Rhinestone Eyes
Empire Ants
Dirty Harry
White Flag
Superfast Jellyfish
Glitter Freeze
El Mañana
Cloud Of Unknowing
To Binge
Feel Good Inc
Clint Eastwood

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2 Responses

12:49 pm
2nd May 2010

Nice review and thanks for publishing the playlist 😀

[…] / September 2010 UK Tour By Phil Singer on Tuesday, 11th May 2010 at 8:00 am Following on from their pair of sensational Roundhouse shows, Gorillaz have announced details of a five date arena tour.The press release goes on to […]

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