Who would have ever thought that a cartoon group would become one of the most influential music groups of the 21st century?
In 2001, Gorillaz released the single “Clint Eastwood”, an experimental piece of trip-hop/rock/rap as confusing as it was thrilling. Behind the virtual project were Blur’s Damon Albarn and artist and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, who at the time was best known for comics tank girl.
The group, made up of fictional members 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs, released their self-titled debut album later that year, but would really cement their status as an iconic act with their second release, 2005. demon dayswhich included the massive hit “Feel Good Inc.”, featuring De La Soul.
Since then, Gorillaz has released seven albums (although it’s safe to say that some of them served only as song dumps, with little to no marketing behind them), the latest being from the 2020s. Song Machine, Season 1: Strange Timezwho came out in tandem with the band song machine audiovisual project. A new album named The static channel is rumored to be on the way, but that hasn’t been confirmed by Albarn or Hewlett.
But if there’s no new album on the way, why would Gorillaz announce a new North American tour this fall? The tour kicks off September 11 in Vancouver and concludes October 23 at FTX Arena in Miami. The concert will see Albarn and a 14-piece band perform songs from the band’s extensive discography with a diverse cast of guest artists.
This will be Gorillaz’ first-ever performance in Miami outside of a festival. The band made their Miami debut at III Point 2017, where they played an energetic set that was light on the hits but satisfying nonetheless. (“Feel Good Inc.” was omitted from the show entirely, but “Clint Eastwood” was played when the band had only rehearsed it hours earlier.)
Pre-sale tickets for the FTX Arena show will be available beginning Thursday, May 19 at 10 a.m., with general sales beginning Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Earthgang will serve as the opener for most of the tour through Orlando and Miami. shows, where the British duo Jungle will occupy the opening slot.
Here are the dates for Gorillaz’s North American tour:
- 9/11 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
- 9/12 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
- 9/14 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
- 9/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Life is Good Festival
- 9/19 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Vivint Smart Home Arena
- 09/21 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
- 9/23 – Los Angeles, CA – Forum Kia
- 9/26 – Phoenix, AZ – Imprint Center
- 9/28 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
- 9/30 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
- 10/1 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory Pavilion
- 10/3 – Chicago, Ill. – United Center
- 10/5 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
- 10/6 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
- 10/8 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
- 10/11 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
- 10/12 – Brooklyn, New York – Barclays Center
- 10/14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Met
- 10/17 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 10/19 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater
- 10/21 – Orlando, Florida – Amway Center
- 10/23 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Gorillaz. With Jungle. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23 at the FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; ftxarena.com. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m. via ticketmaster.com.