It’s hard to believe its been SEVEN LONG YEARS since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz set their hairy, animated feet on the North American continent (…possibly because seven years is only like three weeks in “gorilla yearz”); but now that the planet is ablaze with the hot, hot newz that the animated band’s new album Humanz is out on April 28, we don’t have to waste or precious time and energy “believing” that shit anymore anyway, cuz Albarn, Hewlett, and their entire A/V club have just announced a whole slew of summer dates across the pond for the first time since 2010’s “Escape to Plastic Beach Tour” (a tour so epic and elaborate that it required its own Wikipedia page).
Tickets for this new and presumably-just-as-life-altering campaign, which gets underway July 8 in Chicago and runs through the fall, will be available for general on-sale THIS FRIDAY (April 21) at the band’s high-tech website, www.angelfire.com/music/triphop/gorillaz. And, in addition to Albarn and Hewlett’s enigmatic avatars and a “touring ensemble of flesh and blood musicians” — featuring Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, Russel Hobbs and 2D — fans can also expect the usual unexpected live-show dazzlery from the new record’s “stellar lineup” of featured artists — Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, ET THE FUCK CETERA.
Whew…okay, lastly: here’s a paltry little YouTube clip featuring audio from new song from Humanz with which to entertain your plebeian self while you wait for Friday to get here. As always, please resist the urge to do, say, or think anything that DOESN’T pertain to Gorillaz in the interim. Thankz.
Gorillaz “Humanz Tour” 2017:
06.10.17 - Margate, England - Demon Dayz 2017
07.08.17 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
07.10.17 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
07.12.17 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
07.13.17 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07.15.17 - Québec City, Québec - Festival d’Été International de Québec
07.17.17 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.28-30.17 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock 2017
08.11-13.17 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09.15-17.17 - New York, NY - The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
09.18.17 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
09.20.17 - St. Paul, MN -Roy Wilkins Auditorium
09.22.17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
09.24.17 - Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival
09.26.17 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.30.17 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center
10.05.17 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
10.11.17 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Center
10.13-15.17 - Miami, FL - III Points Festival