Gorillaz to embark on North American ‘Humanz’ tour

It’s been seven years since the Gorillaz hit the touring circuit and now, it looks like things are about to change. On Monday (April 17), the British virtual band made up of 2-D, Noodle, Murdoc, and Russel announced plans to this the road later this year, performing sporadically throughout the summer and fall months. The tour which is simply named the “Humanz tour” will kick off on July 8 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago and conclude during the weekend of Oct. 13-15 at the III Points Festival in Miami. The group’s performance at the Miami music festival is huge for South Floridan fans since it will mark the first time that the act steps (virtual) foot in Florida.

While the newly announced tour itinerary seems to feature a lot of solo shows, the group will also makes appearances at several music festivals throughout the summer months including Quebec’s Quebec City Summer Festival, San Francisco’s Outside Land Music Festival, Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful, and more. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday.

The 17-date tour will be in support of the Gorillaz’s upcoming new album Humanz. The new album, the follow-up to 2010’s The Fall, is set to be released on April 28. The act has already confirmed a slew of guest artists on the record including Grace Jones, D.R.A.M., De La Soul, Danny Brown, and Vince Staples. Currently, the band has released a total of five songs from the impending record including “Saturnz Barz” which features Popcaan, “Ascension” which features Vince Staples, “We Got the Power” which features Savages’ Jehnny Beth, “Andromeda” which features D.R.A.M, and most recently “Let Me Out” which feature Mavis Staples and Pusha T and can be streamed above.

For now, the complete list of tour dates for the Humanz 2017 tour can be seen below.

GORILLAZ HUMANZ 2017 TOUR DATES:

July 8 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 10 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
July 12 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
July 15 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City Summer Festival
July 17 – Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 11-13 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
September 15-17 – New York, NY – Meadows Music & Arts Festival
September 18 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
September 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
September 22 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
September 24 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful
September 26 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 30 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena at Seattle Center
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
October 11 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center
October 13-15 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival

The Gorillaz get political with ‘Hallelujah Money’

Last year, speculations about the Gorillaz releasing new music began when co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, confirmed that he and fellow creator Damon Albarn had been working on some new music. Then, months later, Albarn gave his own update during an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music where he said “it should be really, fairly soon.” On Thursday (Jan. 19), the animate-group premiered their first new song since the release of 2011’s The Fall.

Taking to their social media pages, the official music video and audio for “Hallelujah Money” premiered. According to the Gorillaz’s management team, “Hallelujah Money” is “a rumination on power, big business, and money.” The new song features vocals by English singer, Benjamin Clementine. As Clementine sings in front of a screen, emotional and controversial footage plays behind him.

“In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to,” Gorillaz’s guitarist Murdoc said in a release. “Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”

The politically charged song comes on the eve of the United States’ government taking a massive leap backwards with the inauguration of a person that we chose not to name nor respect. The music video for the new track can be streamed above.

There is no word on whether “Hallelujah Money” will be featured on the Gorillaz’s highly anticipated new album. As per Albarn and Hewlett, we should expect that new, yet-to-be-titled album sometime in 2017.