I got to go and see Gorillaz last night - £42.50!! Not one I'd have probably thought to go to, but I'm really glad I did and suspect that if I'd missed them before they stop touring, I'd have regretted it.
As soon as the band came on though, it was obvious that Damon needed to pay a cast of dozens which goes some way to explaining the ticket price. Though whether he gets a cut of the £4.30 pint price is doubtful. Sorry, moaning over.
Pretty cool to see members of Blur, The Fall and The Clash on stage at the same time, as well as Bobby Womack, De La Soul, MF Doom, Neneh Cherry, Kano and a bunch of others popping up. Oh, and I think the excellent Hypnotic Brass Ensemble also performed but Mr Albarn didn't really properly introduce most of them, so it was hard to tell. Snoop cropped up too, but only in video form (above).
Great gig though, but I could definitely see how it would have fallen flat as a Glastonbury headlining slot, as was widely reported earlier in the year. Just simply not enough singalong choruses or hit singles, and that's a fact, for right or wrong.
Snazzy big Gorillaz sign too onstage, with my favourite colour combo below. Sometimes it's that simple to please me. A nicely coloured sign.
And I did chuckle to myself that, as an O2 customer, I was standing in the middle of the O2 Arena, with not a single sightline free from their logo, their presence forced on me with every glance. And could I get a signal? Could I fuck.