Photos/Review: Gorillaz @ Gibson Amphitheatre 10/27/10
“This is so much fun!” A sweaty Damon Albarn beamed from the crowded stage towards the end of the outrageously triumphant Gorillaz show at the Gibson Amphitheatre Wednesday night, surrounded by a mob of musicians including founding members of the Clash, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones. Given the rapturous response of the packed venue, he could have been speaking for a majority in attendance.
Concerts at the Gibson Amphitheatre already have the added surrealist glow that comes from having to run the gauntlet of Universal City Walk to get there. But the open-air consumerist orgy was a wryly-appropriate landing spot for the Gorillaz multi-sensory “Escape to the Plastic Beach” assault. Rolling out a cavalcade of all-star special guests, the nearly 2-hour show boasted appearances from De La Soul, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, Bobby Womack, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and the inimitable Lou Reed, whose foggy croon and corrosive guitar playing lit up “Some Kind of Nature.” While the show leaned heavily on their “Plastic Beach” album, Albarn was sure to pull out enough older nuggets like “Tomorrow Comes Today,” “Clint Eastwood” and “El Manana” from their first two albums to satiate the most die-hard fans. The crowd was heavy with such fans, many choosing to come out dressed as their favorite Gorillaz character (Murdoc won, with Noodle a close second).