Gorillaz Taking Up Residency At New York’s Apollo Theater

Damon Albarn will be joined onstage by De La Soul, Ike Turner and more for five-night stand.

In its 93-year history, Harlem’s Apollo Theater has played host to a who’s who of hitmakers and legends, from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to the Jackson Five and Parliament Funkadelic. But it’s pretty safe to say that the venerable venue has never seen anything like what will transpire there this April.

That’s because the Gorillaz have just been confirmed for a weeklong residency at the Apollo, scheduled for April 2-6.

The shows — similar to their five-night stand at the Manchester Opera House this past November — are being billed as a “tribute” to the band, and will feature Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn performing the platinum-plus Demon Days album in its entirety, joined onstage by De La Soul, Ike Turner, former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, Neneh Cherry, Martina Topley-Bird and Bootie Brown from the Pharcyde (all of whom appear on the album) plus other guests to be announced.

Tickets will go on sale March 10 at 11 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

A spokesperson for the Gorillaz said that the Apollo shows are in no way related to the band’s much-discussed world tour (see “Gorillaz Target ’Dirty Harry’ As Third Single; World Tour Begins To Jell” ), which is currently in the pre-production stage and is still scheduled to launch in 2007.