Yet another Brooklyn show you’d have to sell your first born’s first born to get into.
Damon Albarn + co.’s exclusive Brooklyn show, which was the group’s first U.S. show in 7 years according to Stereogum, was held last night at local record shop/venue hybrid Rough Trade—not exactly where you’d expect to see such an internationally colossal act debut their new album in the states. I mean, imagine being in a room of only 200 people while Albarn serenades you with all of this new music? Music that us unworthy common folk can’t hear until days later? If you were there last night, you are officially a part of an elite squad who has bragging rights for the rest of your insignificant life.
Apparently, because we weren’t lucky enough to be there, Gorillaz played their new album “Humanz”—which comes out this Friday— front to back, (minus Hallelujah Money) which they had done last week in London as well, followed by classic faves “Last Living Souls,” “Kids with Guns” and “Clint Eastwood” according to BrooklynVegan.
Concertgoer Nicholas Coyne tells us the show started with a “ringing of a bell, not unlike a church bell” in the balcony. He continues, “The crowd was showering him in applause before the music even started and was generally really in love with him. He literally threw his arms out and basked in the applause for a bit”. During the first few songs, Albarn “pulled a joint from the crowd” and “beckoned to his choir in the balcony,” according to Coyne.
Albarn asked for help on “Clint Eastwood” from the crowd (someone had to fill in for Del the Funky Homosapien of course) which only really resulted in a girl who was “tripping balls” dancing onstage. Special guests, however, did include De La Soul’s Posdnuos, Peven Everett, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis according to Fuse. Albarn “danced giddily around, rapping along to the album’s features who were not in attendance,” says Coyne.
Luckily, you live in the 21st century so you can check out some more videos from the gig below: