Gorillaz

Damon Albarn Had to Be Forcibly Carried Offstage After Five Hour Set

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Usually it’s audiences that have to coax musicians into staying for an encore, but at this weekend’s Roskilde Festival in Denmark, it was Damon Albarn who wouldn’t let the audience leave. Not that it looked like they wanted to. After playing a mammoth five hour set with the Africa Express Project (which brings together artists from all over the world for albums and concerts), Albarn showed no signs of tiredness, and as the last man on stage, he urged the crowd to help him keep the show going by shouting “More, more, more…”
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Damon Albarn: The Essential Career-Spanning Playlist

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Things are coming full circle for Damon Albarn this week, as Blur’s Parklife celebrates its 20th anniversary and his first proper solo album, Everyday Robots, makes its way into the world. The sonically eclectic and emotionally wistful album, produced by Albarn and XL Records, makes reference to its creator’s lengthy past, present, and future: Britpop posterboy, puppeteer behind pop’s greatest cartoon band, supergroup collector, world music activist and curator, producer of forgotten legends, soundtrack creep, opera experimenter, rap hook dude, electronic remixer, guy standing in the background playing keyboard on a Gil-Scott Heron record, or really anything you need from him.
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An Inside Look at ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’ With Jamie Hewlett

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Gorillaz masterminds Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are no strangers to ambitious work. Together, the pair created a cartoon band that not only got taken extremely seriously, but also sold millions of albums worldwide. In fact, the world of Gorillaz became so fully developed that the virtual band members began to feel as real as the actual musicians (led by Blur frontman Albarn) who brought their music to life. So, while many might balk at the idea of taking a hugely influential 16th-century Chinese novel and turning it into a modern-day acrobatic opera, Hewlett and Albarn jumped at the idea.
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