Damon Albarn updates Gorillaz fans on new album

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Last month, Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett had told a fan site in passing conversation that he and co-creator Damon Albarn were shooting for a 2017 release date for the animated group’s new album. A month after a Hewlett’s confirmation, Albarn has now confirmed that a new album is headed our way “really, fairly soon.” During an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music (via AllEyesOnGorillaz), Albarn was discussing everything that he was currently working on.

During a snippet of the interview, he touches on the subject of the Gorillaz’s new album. “Later in the year, we be starting to get the whole Gorillaz thing together. I’m loving it and it’s getting there. It should be really, fairly soon.” Listen to a snippet of the interview with Albarn below.

Back in June, another Gorillaz’s fan site got the inside scoop on the band’s impending new album. “We got Jamie news! This here is HIM and our friend, Linda. Jamie says new Gorillaz is special, really f****n special. Can’t be rushed. 2017, yo,” the caption on GorillazNorthAmerica’s Instagram post read. Before that, the rumors of a new album were already starting to spread. In January of 2015, Hewlett had also confirmed that he and Albarn had reunited to begin working on a new album for the Gorillaz. Then, in the fall of 2015, the duo confirmed that they were working on some new Gorillaz tunes.

The Gorillaz’s last release was 2011’s The Fall.

Damon Albarn Performs “Song 2” Solo

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Ever since he went solo, former Blur singer, Damon Albarn has made Blur songs in his set a normal occurrence. To date, he has performed “All Your Life” during his set at south By Southwest, performed “Parklife” at a London pub in honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, and most recently performed “This is a Low” when he was the musical guest on an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s late night show.
 
But until now, many Blur fans have been waiting for him to pull out that one song that almost everyone knows (you know the one that goes Woo-Hoo!) and finally, he treated an audience to the track.
 
While performing at the Royale Boston last night, Albarn performed “Song 2,” by himself, for the first time ever. He even joked around about it before launching into the famous song by saying, “If it doesn’t go well, I promise you, I’ll never do it again.”

Let’s say, he did not disappoint.

Check out the fan-shot video below.