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Gorillaz make Berlin debut

2010-11-24 10:44:22 GMT2010-11-24 18:44:22 (Beijing Time)

Superband Gorillaz made their German debut in Berlin as part of their first ever world tour.

Former Blur frontman and Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn led a line-up of regular and guest band members including De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Neneh Cherry, Mick Jones, and the Syrian national orchestra.

Around 12,000 fans were entertained by the real band on stage and their fictional counterparts - the animated Gorillaz - on a big screen.

Gorillaz released their third album "Plastic Beach" in March, featuring guests including Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed and Mos Def.

Having started as a musical project the band has attracted an ever changing list of collaborators in the studio and on stage over the years.

Ahead of the Berlin gig Damon Albarn said it's the pioneering spirit of the act that is half the fun.

SOUNDBITE Gorillaz Co-Creator, Damon Albarn, saying (English):

"I mean that's the kind of pleasure of doing something that is sort of unique, you can can actually make it up as you go along, there are no rules because none have been established."

The singer added he would be happy for other acts to take up the template created by Gorillaz but that there seems to be more interest in going down the route of reality TV talent contests.

SOUNDBITE Gorillaz Co-Creator, Damon Albarn, saying (English):

"Anyone could make a Gorillaz, it's just that there haven't been that many kind of takers (laughs). It's all gone kind of X-Factor and not sort of Gorillaz, you know. Which is a shame, really, because I think ours is more fun and less predictable."

After playing Berlin Gorillaz will wrap up the European leg of their world tour with gigs in Paris and Antwerp before moving on to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.


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