Based on reviews, fan response, and a storm of excitement and enthusiasm, [lastfm]Gorillaz[/lastfm] proved during their Live on Letterman concert webcast last night that they’re easily among this year’s live musical sensations. During a 45-minute set that featured nine songs from all three of their studio albums–and with a slew of guests including [lastfm]De La Soul[/lastfm], [lastfm]Bootie Brown[/lastfm], [lastfm]Mos Def[/lastfm], [lastfm]Little Dragon[/lastfm], and others only adding to the thrill–[lastfm]Damon Albarn[/lastfm] and his live band of Gorillaz have clearly moved well beyond the virtual, into the realm of rock ‘n roll reality.
Spinner agrees. “With all due respect to artist Jamie Hewlett, creator of the cartoon rockers purportedly behind the music, the ensemble led by Damon Albarn may have outgrown its multimedia gimmick. Performing Thursday night at New York City’s Ed Sullivan Theater as part of the ‘Live on Letterman’ webcast series, Albarn’s hip-pop electro-dub rock ‘n’ roll circus needed little in the way of theatrics.”
But don’t just take our word for it, watch the webcast yourself–it’s available anytime on-demand.
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Rock It Out reports that “the energy in the room was so high that it exploded during the final song, ‘Clint Eastwood,’ when Albarn invited tons of audience members on stage with him to sing the song.”
And Consequence of Sound writes that “Albarn, Clash stars Paul Simonon and Mick Jones [who are backing up Albarn during this world tour], current Noodle incarnate Miho Hatori, De La Soul, Bootie Brown, Kano, and a string quartet went beyond just summer festival highlights and transitioned to a top tier live act through and through.”
With all that excitement in the air, it’s no wonder, as Yahoo, reports, “this concert will surely be one of Letterman’s 2010 milestones.”
More on Gorillaz:
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Listen to a new Gorillaz song, “Doncamatic”
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Ten things about Gorillaz you (probably) didn’t know
More about Gorillaz, including some of the band’s classic music videos!