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Gorillaz at the Apollo

(photos at themodernage.org from April 3; words by Will Spitz from April 2 show)

There were puppets, singing and dancing middle schoolers, a local gospel choir, a 14-piece string section, cameos by the likes of Shaun
Ryder, Ike Turner, and De La Soul. But seriously -- no fucking Jamie Hewlett animations?! You'd think that at a major concert event like
Gorillaz' "Demon Days Live" five-night stand at the Apollo in Harlem, any sort of technical issues would be smoothed out in time for opening
night. But there was Damon Albarn last night apologizing to a theaterful of people who had paid $85 to be there that "some of the
visuals" would be absent from the show. (And by "some" he meant "all.") Pretty wack for a project based on the concept of a "virtual"
cartoon band. Whatever. The music was predictably great (full review coming soon) and the open-bar after party at the swanky Pink Elephant
in Chelsea was almost enough to help us forget that we had sorta been hosed.

-- Will Spitz

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