Little Dragon played a chilled out electro support set followed by De La Soul who pumped up the crowd and built an energetic buzz â€“ the perfect pre-chorus for what was to come. Kicking off their only Sydney show, the musical force that is Gorillaz mesmerised the crowd with an Orchestral Intro and a magnificent animated journey leading into â€˜Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beachâ€™. On-screen cameos from Snoop Dog and Bruce Willis added some celeb- factor, while on stage, we were treated to the likes of soul legend Bobby Womak (â€˜Stylo’ and ‘Cloud Of Unknowingâ€™) and Bashy and Kano (‘White Flag’ and ‘Clint Eastwood’) as well as Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, coming back to sing two duets with Damon Albarn. And to our delight, De La Soul joined the rest of Albarnâ€™s musical entourage to perform â€˜Superfast Jellyfishâ€™ and later, an absolutely off-the-hook version of â€˜Feel Good Inc.â€™. Notable mentions also go to the Syrian National Orchestra, Rosie Wilson (who lent her vocals to favourites â€˜19/2000â€™ and â€˜DAREâ€™) as well as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and an all-female 8-piece string section. Â At any given time, there were up to 18 musicians on stage, maybe even more â€“ and of course, none other than Brit-rock royalty Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of The Clash. It was an eye full, an ear full; every sense was full â€“ and the crowd loved it.
Gorillaz started out as a side project of Damon Albarn (front man of Blur) and Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl creator) as a (rude) finger up to MTV. But some 20 million albums later, their little pet project has garnered trillions of fans worldwide and turned out to be an impressive and successful surprise.
So the bomb well and truly dropped and Iâ€™m glad to say I experienced the spectacular explosion. This may be the last weâ€™ll see of the Gorillaz, but it certainly isnâ€™t the last weâ€™ll see of creative genius, Damon Albarn. We look forward to the next spectacular explosion.
Gorillaz and their extended musical entourage brought the Plastic Beach World Tour to the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday 16 December, 2010.