Today we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of Gorillaz' much acclaimed and classic debut album. Where were you the first time you heard Gorillaz? Do you have a special story to share from the past 10 years? We want to know! Send us a note to gorillaz10th (at) gmail.com - and we'll share the best stories on the fan site.
We can confirm that Gorillaz' iPad recorded album "The Fall" (see below for more details) will receive a full release in time for Record Store Day 2011. A limited edition, 180 gram vinyl edition of The Fall will be released for the 16th April, while the album will receive a full CD and digital release from 18th April 2011. If you'd like to pre-order the album, click here and pick your store of choice... and here's what Murdoc had to say on the matter in his announcement:
"Well, this is curious... I don't remember recording this one at all. A whole album... and nothing. But it's got the Gorillaz name on it so I must have done it! Did I? Really? Yeah...I probably did. Did it on an iPad using all the music apps... Fatbooth, FaceAche, iBeer, InstantAlbum...all the great apps. "Great Appz"... Anyway... to all of you 'technology lovers' out there... the CD and digital release will be out soon. "April-ish!" Parlophone said to me..." - Murdoc Niccals
Gorillaz announced today that as an extension of this year's brilliant advent calendar, 'a gift to end all gifts' will be coming on the 25th December as a Christmas present to Gorillaz fans. A brand new album titled The Fall, a soundtrack to the band's tour and recorded throughout America this fall, will be available for fans to listen to from thefall.gorillaz.com. All fans will be able to listen to the new album online, and members of the Sub Division fan club will additionally be able access the album as an exclusive download.
Here's the tracklist in full:
1. Phoner To Arizona
With the epic Escape To Plastic Beach world tour underway, Gorillaz have found themselves all over the world, from Europe to North America to Australia, and have hidden 12 band members on various sites across the Internet. Find all 12 band members and unlock a new remix, and be entered to win a customized Jamie Hewlett-designed surfboard.
To get you started hunting we've hidden one of the pieces on fans.gorillaz.com!!!
More details here http://gorillaz.savvynets.com/
In addition to the holiday season, awards season is well and truly upon us and off the back of this year's highly praised Plastic Beach album, Gorillaz are once again in the mix!
GRAMMY AWARDS: Gorillaz have been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, for Best Pop Orchestral Performance ("Orchestral Intro"), and Best Shortform Music Video ("Stylo"). The awards take place on 13/2/11... Will Murdoc be thanking the Academy?!
iTunes AWARDS: Plastic Beach has been nominated best album of the year by iTunes UK. You can help Gorillaz win by voting at: http://www.bestalbumandsong.co.uk/
FESTIVAL AWARDS: Gorillaz have also been recognised on the shortlist for Best Headliner in this year's European Festival Awards. Did you see the band this summer during festival season? Be sure to vote at http://eu.festivalawards.com. Voting closes 8th December and winners will be announced on 12/1/11.
With just 25 days until it's time to "Hail Santa" once more, Gorillaz have launched their 2010 Advent Calendar! There are plenty of goodies to come over the course of December, so whether you've been as naughty as Murdoc this year or as nice as our lovable 2-D, there will be plenty for you to get stuck into this season.
Check out the Gorillaz Advent Calendar at gorillaz.com/xmas!
Are you in the USA? Are you looking for great gift ideas this holiday season? Well, you're in luck, as today the Gorillaz shop announced some new specials that will make your favourite Gorillaz fan very happy this year.
Through the 5th of December, the store is offering free shipping on all orders over $50, and you can get plenty of artifacts from this year's legendary Escape to Plastic Beach tour. What are you waiting for? GET SHOPPING: click here.
The brilliant new Gorillaz single "Doncamatic (All Played Out)" featuring Daley is out today! Make sure to order your copy from the band... click here to order!
One Gorillaz track that certainly isn't "all played out" is brand new single Doncamatic, and in advance of the track's first ever release next week on CD, 7" and digital download, the video has just premiered on MySpace!
Click here to check out the video, which features Doncamatic guest star Daley.
Gorillaz are teaming up with Internet Explorer 9 to let YOU draw and design the latest character in the Gorillaz world: The Evangelist! Gorillaz Webmasters have created a canvas app which you can use to draw, design and submit your interpretation of 'The Evangelist.' All approved competition entries will be voted for by the public to help shortlist the top 12 drawings for each week including and up to the semi finals - so once your drawing has been approved be sure to get your friends voting!
In the last week of the competition, the band's longtime design consultant Jamie Hewlett and the rest of Gorillaz design team will pick the winner from the final 12 drawings which have been shortlisted by the public at that point. The winning submission will be redrawn by Jamie Hewlett and the final creation 'The Evangelist' will be revealed on January 6th 2011, on Gorillaz.com. And thats not all, the winner will be credited on the Competition page and will receive a Gorillaz gift pack including a framed print of Jamie Hewlett's final design of 'The Evangelist' signed by Jamie! To get started, click here!
First things first! The recent iTunes live session is now available to download in North America! The session, which will arrive in other countries very soon, contains 8 live session tracks plus a wonderful 37 minute interview with Murdoc & 2-D. Download it now - click here!
Tracklisting for iTunes Sessions:
1. Clint Eastwood (iTunes Session)
Secondly, the formats and tracklistings for the forthcoming single Doncamatic (All Played Out), have been announced. The single drops on 22nd November and you can grab it in the following shapes and sizes:
7" Picture Disc
Fresh from the band's triumphant performance at Madison Square Garden, here's the footage of Gorillaz' "Live on Letterman" extended online stream...
The big news today is that Zane Lowe debuted a BRAND NEW unreleased Gorillaz track on his Radio 1 programme today, which is confirmed as the next Gorillaz single! Titled 'Doncamatic (All Played Out)', the track features upcoming UK artist Daley and will be released as a single on the 22nd November 2010! CLICK HERE to listen to the new single on Gorillaz' Youtube page...
In other exciting video news, the band have also released storyboard film of popular Plastic Beach track Rhinestone Eyes which has debuted along the band's current tour in Montreal. CLICK HERE to check out that great new video clip.
Lots more quick hits of exciting Gorillaz activity over the forthcoming week, particular if you are in the US of A...
* Plastic Beach has finally been released on vinyl! Buy it now from these fine retailers online or in all good record shops:
* Gorillaz are confirmed to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday, October 7! Be sure to tune in online after the performance (the show starts at 11.30 ET on CBS) as the band will also have an exclusive online concert on Live on Letterman on the show's website.
* Lou Reed and Mos Def have been confirmed to join the band on stage at their historic October 8 concert at Madison Square Garden! Lou Reed will appear in NYC only, while Mos Def will also join the tour for the dates in Camden, NJ and Washington, DC in addition to the Garden show.
* The original television soundtrack to The Vampire Diaries will be released October 12 stateside, and includes the Feed Me Remix of On Melancholy Hill. We found this link to the track on Youtube...
* Our friends over at kazaa.com are giving away tickets and airfare to see Gorillaz perform live in California!
* Finally, that man Murdoc Niccals has provided us with a glimpse into life behind the scenes on the Escape to Plastic Beach tour with his first in a series of video updates... click here to watch update #1 on Youtube!
Some very brief updates from Gorillaz HQ:
* Gorillaz have been nominated for 2 MTV Europe Music Awards! The band are up for Best Alternative Act and Best World Stage Performance and you can vote here: http://ema.mtv.co.uk/vote
* Gorillaz stickers are coming to popular app GetGlue! You can unlock Gorillaz stickers by checking in while listening to the band. Click here to check out GetGlue for iPhone and Android.
* SPIN Magazine are giving away tickets to see the band at select shows in the States! Check out the details on SPIN's website, by clicking right here!
Perhaps the biggest and latest news for Gorillaz fans to be aware of is that Gorillaz talisman and lord of the 4 string axe, Murdoc Niccals, will be making a special live chat appearance to answer fans' questions via Ustream at the official Gorillaz facebook page: www.facebook.com/Gorillaz! Be sure to join the band's Facebook community to take advantage of this amazing chat experience! The chat will be taking place on the 16th September at 5pm EDT (10pm BST).
In other news, several exciting guests and opening acts have been confirmed for Gorillaz' upcoming UK and North American tour dates! For more info on Gorillaz tour dates, check out the tour page...
N.E.R.D. have been confirmed as direct support for the entire North American tour, with the exception of the Connecticut and Montreal dates! Special guests joining the North American tour include:
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
The UK leg of the tour will contain support from Little Dragon and De La Soul, and the following special guests have been confirmed:
De La Soul
The live show will feature songs from all three Gorillaz studio albums.
Awards season is now well and truly underway and it should come as no shock that once again, Gorillaz are in the mix for some big prizes.
At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Gorillaz find themselves once again nominated for Breakthrough Video for the Stylo clip (featuring Mos Def & Bobby Womack). The video was directed by longtime Gorillaz collaborators Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland. The VMA's take place on September 12th.
And at this year's BT Digital Music Awards, Gorillaz have been recognised with no less than FIVE nominations, in the following three jury-selected categories:
The BT Digital Music Awards take place on September 30th.
Gorillaz' Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour has expanded even further! The US jaunt will now stretch down the west coast to San Diego and much anticipated Hong Kong date is officially in the diary. No surprises for guessing which track from the Gorillaz back catalogue fans might most like to hear at that gig! Additionally a second Paris show has been added, due to demand.
The new dates:
October 28: San Diego Viejas Arena
The full list of tour dates is available on the tour page.
Gorillaz' historic show at the Citadel in Damascus is now featured on American public radio network NPR's website, and you can listen to the broadcast in full! Just click here to check it out. They've even got our man Muds' show introduction for you to hear!
Speaking of The Niccals, he's spoken out on the recent re-organisation of Gorillaz' autumn European tour dates (check the tour page for full list of dates). The legendary four-string axeman had the following to say:
Trying to co-ordinate a Gorillaz live show these days is like trying to make a Busby Berkeley movie. Its intricate, the numbers are staggering and it requires everything to fall into place at the same time, every time. We dont always get it first take.
On behalf of Gorillaz, (which is mainly me), I do apologise about not being able to send the troops out to the Scotland, Newcastle and Milan dates. Really. Its a shame because Ive got lots of kids in both those areas, 20 or 30 of which were on the list for each date. The fact is that we would have been dishing up half a show, a compromise which we just couldnt do...
Also, right, excuse the delay in make a statement about this and the other rescheduled dates. I know some of you feel left out in the cold, but Ive been stuck on the toilet since I got back from Syria and Im not sure Im back to normal even yet...
As I said, I can only apologise and say that Gorillaz, as a whole, promise to do what we can to make it up to all of you who were cut short here. We appreciate the loyalty and would never intentionally mess our fans around. Thats not what Gorillaz are about and never have been...
In the meantime, we are listening, and I look forward to seeing all you lovelies at the rescheduled dates in which, I can assure you, Gorillaz and our guests will serve you up something blinding, something thatll keep you warm for a long time to come...
Lots of Love M.N. xxx
In a huge week of Gorillaz news, the amazing Escape to Plastic Beach game is now available for iPad as well as iPhone/iPod Touch!
Additionally, the On Melancholy Hill iTunes LP has been released, containing the Japanese Popstars and She Is Danger mixes of the title track, as well as the Labyrinth SNES Remix of Stylo by Tinie Tempah. The digital LP also features three videos - The On Melancholy Hill promo video, storyboard and a special Welcome To The World Of Plastic Beach video featuring Snoop Dogg!
Gorillaz today announced their first North American tour in over 8 years, and their first extended run of dates in the US (with the exception of this year's Coachella festival appearance) since the legendary sold out run at the Apollo in Harlem over 4 years ago.
The arena tour, spanning the width of the continent, is the most ambitious undertaking of North America yet, and will slot into the October leg of the unmissable Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour. Dates and on-sale dates are as follows, with full tour info being available on our tour page:
October 3 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre - On sale August 14
Press release from Plastic Beach HQ follows:
Gorillaz are set to take their Plastic Beach around the world later this year. The band have today confirmed they will play 20 shows in North America (including their first ever show at Madison Square Garden) 10 nights across Europe including 2 nights at Londons 02 Arena before heading to Asia and down under for 7 shows.
Gorillaz fanclub, the Sub Division, will benefit from pre-sale ahead of tickets going on general sale.
This is Gorillaz first world tour. The previously announced tour will now become part of the "Escape to Plastic Beach" World Tour, with the live shows moving from September into November to include an additional show at the Brighton Centre and Antwerp Lotto.
The new show at Brighton Centre on 18th November is set to go on general sale at 9:00am on Friday 30th July and the show at Antwerp Lotto goes on sale July 31st . All other UK & Europe shows are on sale now. Full details are available at http://www.gorillaz.com/tour-dates
Gorillaz have played in front of more than 400,000 fans headlining Coachella, Glastonbury, Roskilde in Denmark and Benicassim Festival in Spain. They of course also played private rehearsals for some lucky Sub-Divisioners! This week Gorillaz become the first major Western band to play in Syria when they play the ancient Citadel in Damascus on July 25th following a sold out show at the Byblos Festival in Beirut.
Due to new tour routing the Gorillaz live shows at Glasgow SECC on September 8th, Newcastle Metro Arena on September 11th and Milan Forum on November 19th are to be cancelled. The Gorillaz "Escape to Plastic Beach" World Tour will now sail into Dublin on the 11th November, Manchester on the 12th, London on the 14th and 16th, Birmingham on the 17th, with a last show in Brighton on the 18th before heading to Berlin (21st), Antwerp (22nd), Paris (23rd) and then "down under."
Existing bookings for rescheduled dates remain valid. Your ticket vendor will be in touch to confirm your booking. UK ticket holders affected by a rescheduled/cancelled date can obtain a refund or be re-ticketed for an alternative UK date and venue. Ticket holders unable to make a rescheduled European date or affected by a cancelled date will obtain a refund.
Join Sub-Division now for ticket pre-sale on all newly added dates http://www.gorillaz.com/subdivision
Says Murdoc: "We've always picked up sounds from right around the world when making our snazzy 4D albums and this is our chance to take them back to the places they were born. This is what Gorillaz have been building up to since we started. All our lives. This is it. 'Gorillaz go round the Globe' ... Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it?"
As the Gorillaz touring machine makes its way across the globe, the live band stopped into the AOL studios to perform an amazing session which has now found its way online. And we've got them!
Click here to view the full session, or check out the embedded video of 'On Melancholy Hill' below...
Gorillaz continue their world domination with the Escape to Plastic Beach tour, and this year's tour will take them to places heretofore untouched by our rock juggernauts (nevermind Murdoc's Winnebago - if you can believe that!).
In addition to their appearance at this year's Byblos Festival on the 20th July in Lebanon, the band will make further inroads into uncharted territory with their first ever headline gig in the Middle East, which will be taking place at The Citadel in Damascus, Syria on the 25th of this month!
To get tickets for Byblos, click here.