April 21st, 2010

Gorillaz at Coachella round-up (thanks if you sent links, material or comments..!)

Gorillaz played a show to close the 2010 Coachella festival on Sunday night. The stage setup involved a huge screen above and behind the band showing the live visuals, and 'Gorillaz' spelt out in big prop letters which lit up in different colours throughout the show. The band were generally visible throughout and Damon interacted with the crowd as he did for the rehearsal shows. The performance and most likely the setlist itself were affected by the ash cloud over Europe which left flights grounded. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mos Def, Shaun Ryder, Kano and Bashy were all scheduled to appear and could not make it. No announcment or comment was made about this from the stage and most reviewers seem to be unaware of the fact. However, the live band as for the rehearsals all made it, as did Bootie Brown, Bobby Womack, members of the The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music, other string players, De La Soul, Little Dragon and Gruff Rhys. In general, reviews have been positive although some have criticised the use of playback and others have argued that the visuals lacked the wow factor (however it seems just as many were very impressed with the visuals). Among the celebrities who watched Gorillaz play were Jay Z, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Agyness Deyn, Matt Smith, Daisy Lowe and Paris Hilton, who apparently tried to hit on Damon after the show (according to this article).

Setlist:- Orchestal Intro / Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach / Last Living Souls / O Green World / On Melancholy Hill / Kids With Guns / Stylo / Rhinestone Eyes / Broken / Empire Ants / Dirty Harry / White flag / Superfast Jellyfish / Glitter freeze / El Mañana / Clint Eastwood // To Binge / Feel good Inc / Cloud of Unknowing. (for descriptions of the visuals, which were the same as for the LA rehearsal show, see Respect Stella's previous post here).

Selected Reviews:- Spin (positive) | The Desert Sun (negative) | LA Times (positive) | LA Weekly (positive),The Sun (positive) | MXDWN (positive)

Selected video (all on Youtube. Links open a new window. Uploader credits on Youtube):- Orchestral Intro / Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach | Superfast Jellyfish | Kids With Guns | Clint Eastwood | Stylo | To Binge | Empire Ants | White Flag | On Melancholy Hill | Feel Good Inc

Pictures:- good selection but with watermarks on both Getty Images and Wire Image (there are also some good ones accompanying some of the reviews)

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