This week, Gorillaz' tour beached on the shores of Manhattan, where they stopped by "Late Night With David Letterman" to deliver one of their typically animated performances in a full-blown set, webcast live and direct from the famous stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Check it out below:
Honestly, when most people think of cartoon bands, fluffy two-dimensional acts like Josie & The Pussycats, Jem & The Holograms, the Chipmunks, and the Archies come to mind. But this "Letterman" performance proves that Damon Albarn has clearly taken his animated band to a whole other dimension, transforming what could have been just some silly novelty act or Blur side-project into the world's Most Successful Virtual Band (according to the Guinness Book Of Records) and one of the most exciting and adventurous forces in pop music today. At this point, three albums into Gorillaz' quite literally colorful career, it's widely established that Gorillaz are not a joke or kiddy band; this is serious music here, earning the respect of journalists, hipsters, and Damon's many musical peers.
The toons' stunning third collection of tunes, Plastic Beach, in fact features contributions from flesh-and-blood musical legends like Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, De La Soul, the Fall's Mark E. Smith, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, and Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys, and is sure to wind up on multiple critics' year-end best-of lists. And this concert will surely be one of "Letterman's" 2010 milestones as well.
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