Gorillaz live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on October 8, 2010 under G Reviews | 7 Comments to Read

Photos by G.


On October 8, 2010, the cartoonish electro-rock band Gorillaz played a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The lineup for Gorillaz was a super group that included Damon Albarn (of Blur), Mick Jones and Paul Simonon (of the Clash) and featured guest vocalists Mos Def, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed and members of De La Soul.  I was expecting the band to play behind a curtain while cartoon incarnations of the band entertained the crowd.  I was half right.  Our cartoon friends 2D, Murdoch, Noodle and Russell Hobbs were up on the screen for most of the night, but the band sans curtain was also present the entire night.

Mick Jones and Damon Albarn

The show began at 8 pm with a very underwhelming set by N*E*R*D.  I don’t really get off by watching a bunch of people shout out “make some noise” well over 30 times in as many minutes.  I can’t say I was moved though I was open to having the experience of seeing them live.  For all the hype this band gets, I didn’t think their beats were particularly fat, I didn’t think the vocals were unique enough to make me want to ever seek out their studio work and I was really surprised that Pharrell Williams is such an “it” producer, when I heard much more SH than IT. I did like the trippy light display they used, so I tried really hard to focus on that and tune out their music.  But that’s just me.


See more pictures of Gorillaz including a more than partial set list.

Luckily, N*E*R*D’s set was only 30 minutes and Gorillaz hit the stage right around 9 pm.  Their beats sounded great, Damon Albarn doesn’t ever seem to age and it’s always a treat to see Lou Reed on the same stage with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.  Bobby Womack did guest vocals on “Stylo” and a video of that song is coming soon.  Stay tuned.  Gorillaz didn’t really utilize crazy lighting or trippy visuals, but their cartoon counterparts were featured in little vignettes in between songs on the big screen.

Bobby Womack

Obviously, Gorillaz only have 3 proper studio albums, but they definitely played all the songs you’d want to hear at their show including “19/2000,” “Feel Good Inc.,” “Dirty Harry,”  “Clint Eastwood,” “Stylo,” and “Dare.”  The setlist has made the rounds on line and since I didn’t take notes, here it is courtest of Last.fm.

    1. Orchestral Intro
    2. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach
    3. 19/2000
    4. Last Living Souls
    5. Stylo (With Bobby Womack)
    6. On Melancholy Hill
    7. Rhinestone Eyes
    8. Superfast Jellyfish (with De La Soul)
    9. Tomorrow Comes Today
    10. Some Kind of Nature (with Lou Reed)
    11. Empire Ants (with Yukimi Nagano)
    12. Dirty Harry (with Bootie Brown)
    13. El Manana
    14. White Flag (with Bashy)
    15. To Binge (with Yukimi Nagano)
    16. DARE (with Rosie Wilson)
    17. Glitter Freeze
    18. Plastic Beach
    19. Sweepstakes (with Mos Def)
    20. Plastic Beach


    1. Cloud of Unknowing (with Bobby Womack)
    2. Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul)
    3. Clint Eastwood (with Bashy)
    4. Don’t Get Lost In Heaven
    5. Demon Days

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  • blues said,

    19-2000!!!Gorillaz are amazing!!!

  • "Stylo" live by Gorillaz | According to G said,

    […] October 8, 2010, Gorillaz rocked Madison Square Garden in New York. For their hit single “Stylo,” the band recruited Bobby Womack and Mos Def to join […]

  • Correction said,

    I’m not so sure they played “Kids with Guns” and “O Green World” but there has been some confusion with the set list. After looking through my pictures and videos from the show, I can confirm this list is accurate:


  • The G said,

    Thanks Correction!!

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  • AndyTheCureFan said,

    So jealous of you, G! I want to see them at the end of this month in Los Angeles if I get a chance too. I have a lot of their stuff on DVD, unofficial concerts mostly. I really enjoy their act and can’t wait to see them. Must have been a great time.

    And I’m not looking forward to N*E*R*D* either.


  • The G said,

    The best part of the entire show for me happened the next day when Damon Albarn tweeted the link to this review!!! It made me soooooo happy!!!

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