Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Post Rock Archive  |  About the Bloggers  |  E-mail: Click Track  |  On Twitter: Click Track  |  RSS Feeds RSS

In concert: Gorillaz at Patriot Center

gorillazDamon Albarn led a sprawling Gorillaz cast on Monday night at the Patriot Center. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Chris Klimek

Citizen-of-the-World Damon Albarn does not travel light. The Blur frontman turned wizard of the "virtual band" Gorillaz (music and lyrics by Albarn & a cast of dozens; avatars by comics artist Jamie Hewlett) has brought a good chunk of the Marvel Universe of voices heard on "Plastic Beach," the group's ecologically-themed third album, on the road.

At the Patriot Center Monday night, the cast for his Google-age Magical Mystery Tour sometimes swelled to two dozen, including an all-male brass section, and all-female string section, backup singers, and a charity single's worth of really-quite-special guests that included Mos Def, Bobby Womack, and De La Soul, plus prerecorded walk-ons by Snoop Dogg and The Fall's Mark E. Smith, among others. No wonder the top tickets cost more than $100! (No wonder there were so many empty seats.)

As you might expect with umpteen musicians playing electro hip-pop in a basketball arena, the sound was a gloppy mess. But the videos, projected on a screen that spanned the width of the stage, were vivid and entrancing. The result felt less like an arena rock show than like some surreal telethon on Adult Swim, one that intermittently surfed over to Bruce Willis in a high speed pursuit/gun battle with the Gorillaz characters (the "Stylo" video) before clicking back to Mos Def rapping "more money, more money" in a purple-lined cape on "Sweepstakes."

So: more eye-burning than face-melting, but it was never dull. If the superb cartoons and shorts were a constant distraction from a stage not lacking for compelling performers, well, that's how Albarn wants it. And when it came time for "Feel Good Inc." and "Clint Eastwood", you had Mick Jones and Paul Simonon - half of the classic lineup of The Clash - sharing the stage with De La Soul and the guy who used to front Blur. What do you want from a concert, anyway?

(More pictures after the jump.)







By Click Track  | October 12, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Gorillaz  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: In concert: Raul Malo at The Birchmere
Next: Polls: Insane Clown Posse: Serious about being Christians, or having a Joaquin Phoenix moment?

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company