Those who missed the live stream from Friday’s London Roundhouse gig need not worry, because this is the Internet — if you can see it once, you can see it forever. In fact, replays were airing all day at Gorillaz.com and the band’s Facebook page, and as of press time there is still a full-length video up on both sites.
Anyhow, as awesome as Damon Albarn and friends were at Coachella, this performance delivers pretty much everything the Coachella headlining gig had to offer, and a lot of things… er, people that were unfortunately missing (through no fault of Gorillaz). Mos Def is there, displaying even more of that chemistry with Bobby Womack we discovered during the Later…with Jools Holland performance of “Stylo”. In one of the highlights, Mos Def also performs “Sweepstakes”, which really comes alive with the live backing of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Bashy and Kano appear with The National Orchestra for Arabic Music for “White Flag”; the latter doing a brilliant intro piece lasting about as long as the song itself. Save for the fact that Gorillaz can’t seem to get “Stylo” quite right — Mick Jones’ guitar was out of tune for half of the song — the band is starting to appear more comfortable with these Plastic Beach performances.
The stream lasts almost an hour and is made up exclusively of songs off the new album (it’s safe to assume they played more songs that didn’t make the stream). As at Coachella, this is more of a traditional live show than Gorillaz displayed for the Demon Days tour, and for a cartoon band there isn’t much going on visually besides what’s on stage — not that that’s not enough. Check out the stream at Gorillaz.com, or if you prefer things broken up into easily digested chunks, these YouTube videos courtesy of MrBalladman. There don’t seem to be any videos of “Sweepstakes” and “Superfast Jellyfish” yet; we’ll add them when they show up.
“Welcome to the World of Plastic Beach”
“Cloud of Unknowing”