For those of you who haven't seen it, Motorola have got a minisite up where you can get free Gorillaz wallpaper for your mobile phones as well as checking out some of the exclusive pics from the Apollo shows earlier this month: click here.
Lots of news updates here so read all the way through!
Penguin books are thrilled to announce the publication, later this year, of the autobiography of Gorillaz. Written by all four members of the band, the autobiography will give Murdoc, Noodle, 2D and Russel Hobbs the opportunity to tell the whole of their remarkable story so far.
Following the massive success of the music, website, animation and live shows, the stunningly illustrated full colour hardback marks a new direction for the groundbreaking band. Full of new and unseen material, Gorillaz' autobiography will say more about them than ever before, putting flesh on the bones of a unique musical adventure. There's never been a rock autobiography like this before. And there probably won't be another one.
The book will be published in the UK in October. The imprint's Publishing Director, Rowland White says: 'Gorillaz will be right at home. Penguin has a long history of commitment to innovative design and Gorillaz' book will be a proud addition to that. With the imagination and invention that have characterised Gorillaz evident on every page, the autobiography will be the definitive visual record.' Gorillaz bass-slayer Murdoc Nicalls is equally excited: "I tell you what, right, I can guarantee you're going to get some real juicy bits of Gorillaz info. I'll probably slag off loads of people, too. It'll be packed full of great shots from the sets of our videos, gigs, rehearsals, interviews you name it. It's all in there. So place your order up front kids, this book's going to be a scorcher!"
Penguin acquired World Rights for the title and it will be published in America by their Riverhead imprint.
El Mañana/Kids With Guns has entered the UK singles chart at #27. Have any of you been creatively and artistically inspired by the El Mañana video? Leave us a comment below - we may have an idea for you soon.
Most of regrettably, D-12 rapper Proof has been tragically killed in a shooting in Detroit. Russel wants to pass along this message:
Russel: We are all deeply saddened and shaken to hear the devastating news regarding the death of Proof. Gorillaz had the great privilege of teaming up with D12 on the track 911 and to hear of his passing in this way is a terrible, unnecessary tragedy. He will be a hugely missed presence, personality and talent in the world of music and beyond. On behalf of Gorillaz at this difficult and sensitive time we send all our thoughts and love out to Proof, his family, his bandmates and his colleagues. He was a father figure to the Detroit Rap scene and a primary motivator in the inception of D12, and people of that stature are few and far between. This shocking incident is an enormous tragedy and once again an incredibly demonstrative indication that the guns need to be put down for good. Proof, rest in peace - Love from Gorillaz.
The Apollo shows have been going great! Today we'll be "blogging" live from the Apollo all day long. Click here to check it out!
Also remember that MSN is streaming the show live tonight at 9pm ET at music.msn.com/music/demondays.
Just a reminder: The Demon Days Live DVD is out now in many territories and is out tomorrow in the USA! Make sure to pick it up. Not sure what you are missing? Check out the videos page to view the trailer!
In other news, we'd love to hear from those of you who have gone to or are going to the New York shows this week. Drop us a line at email@example.com!
MSN will be streaming the final show from Demon Days Live at the Apollo. You can check here for a live webcast on Thursday night at 9pm ET/6pm PT: music.msn.com/music/demondays.
Fans should be advised that new tickets for the shows at the Apollo in New York this week have been released and are now available. Snap them up while you still can!
More good news for the band ahead of the Apollo shows next week - Demon Days has been officially certified 2x Platinum in the United States for shipping 2 million albums.
First off - the powers that be have asked us to pass this along to anyone in the NYC area:
"Interns (UNPAID) needed to help out with Gorillaz shows in NYC 4/1-4/6. Must be able to work from 2P-till end of show. Must be professional, organized and really desire a working experience. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest, why you are not just a groupie (no resume, just a few sentences) and contact information. Thanks!"
Also, the band would like to pass along their thanks to everyone who took part in the GES mobile phone competition and would like to congratulate these winners! Thanks again to everyone who entered for all the help!
3 special mentions:
7 runners up:
First off... those of you in and around London tonight should head over to the National Theatre - at 7.15pm they will be screening all 4 videos from Demon Days on the flytower. For more info click here.
Second, there have been lots of rumours about the future of Gorillaz in the papers the last few days. We tracked down Murdoc and here's what he told us:
"How tedious. I've said we're about to split up in every single interview we've ever done and no-one's batted an eyelid. And then some 'source close to the band' says the very same thing down the pub and now it's all over the paper! So the truth only works as a rumour, does it? I bet this inside spy also said he was 'close personal friends' with whatshischops, Albarn, too. Well that's another Scoop of the Year Award for those tireless newshounds. Gorillaz split up every five minutes, there's no great story there."
So there you have it, straight from the horse's mouth... you can all keep speculating now!
In other news don't forget that the Demon Days Live DVD is out Monday in the UK!
And finally, we want you to send us your favourite Gorillaz links. Do you know of a Gorillaz fan site that you want to see represented on fans.gorillaz.com as one of the best fan sites on the web? Click below to leave a comment and we'll check it out!
From the offical Demon Days Live press release:
All tickets for all five nights of Gorillaz: Demon Days Live at the Apollo sold out in less than an hour Friday morning.
Following a rapturously received run at the Manchester Opera House last November, the musical collaborators behind the Grammy-winning Gorillaz' album Demon Days will reconvene at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater for five nights April 2-6. Confirmed to join Demon Days producer/Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn at press time are De La Soul, Ike Turner, Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde, Neneh Cherry, Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder, UK rapper Roots Manuva, with others to be announced.
Fans.gorillaz.com can also happily confirm that Martina Topley-Bird will be appearing at the shows.
In other news, those of you in the UK can find and click the phone on this page and be transported to a special competition to test out the new Gorillaz games for your mobile phone!
The new video for El Mañana will be also be streaming tomorrow, March 11 at 10am pacific/1pm eastern for those of you in the states on music.yahoo.com - check it out!
In other news for US fans, the Demon Days Live DVD has been confirmed with a US release date of April 4th.
The promo video for new Gorillaz single El Mañana will debut live on Gorillaz.com on Saturday 11th March at 2pm. Can't get to a computer? Those of you in the UK can check it out on Channel 4 at 10.55 pm, also on Saturday.
The video sees Noodle starring in what is the return of the famous Windmill Island as seen in the Feel Good Inc video. For more information watch for updates from Gorillaz and fans.gorillaz.com throughout the week!
Fresh off opening the 48th Annual Grammy Awards alongside Madonna and taking home the Pop Collaboration with Vocals award, GORILLAZ will now receive yet another Stateside honor: the U.S. production of the DEMON DAYS LIVE tribute concerts.
Confirmed for April 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, DEMON DAYS LIVE will feature the guest musicians from GORILLAZ' worldwide multi-million-seller Demon Days recreating "Feel Good Inc.," "DARE" and the album's other classics live onstage.
The previous UK staging of DEMON DAYS LIVE, which took place November 1st through 5th at the Manchester Opera House, sold out instantly and moved SPIN magazine to comment "the group is reinventing the way that artists stage concerts."
Confirmed guest performers joining Demon Days producer/Gorillaz collaborator Damon Albarn in bringing each and every track to life will include De La Soul, Ike Turner, Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde, Neneh Cherry, Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder, UK rapper Roots Manuva, with others to be announced.
Tickets for DEMON DAYS LIVE will go on sale Friday March 10 at 11 a.m. EST through Ticketmaster.
DEMON DAYS LIVE is not to be confused with the unprecedented live holographic tour the Gorillaz team and animation house Passion Pictures are currently producing for 2007-2008. The live Gorillaz shows will be a unique cross between live performance and a theme park experience, with the band fully present onstage, rendered in 3 eye-popping dimensions. Crucially, the show will evolve over the life of the tour, like any live performance, will feature stellar guests from Demon Days, and will ultimately bring the unique visual identity created by Jamie Hewlett to a live audience.
The Demon Days Live DVD, released 27 March, looks like this:
In other news, if you click over to the videos department, we now have all of the Gorillaz archive videos online as well as Murdoc's "Queen's Speech" from this past Christmas for your viewing enjoyment.