Back in April, Gorillaz masterminds Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett swore they'd be bringing the band back to the U.S. for a full tour, "if they want us." And it would appear the demand is there, because just last week, they announced plans for a very large-scale tour, which includes a lengthy run of shows in North America.
And while we already know that the shows will not include any of the 3-D elements they'd tinkered with in the past, details on what fans can expect remain slim. But, from the sound of things, the gigs will resemble the ones the Gorillaz played earlier this year at Coachella and in London.
With a few additions, of course. Because back then, the band — and most of the European continent — were still dealing with the travel-foiling effects of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
"[It'll be] the same show, maybe some different songs in the set, some of the other collaborators who will be able to make it," Hewlett told MTV News back in April. "We lost loads of people to the volcano — we didn't lose them; they couldn't get on their flight — we were missing Kano and Bashy, Mos Def was in London. The Hypnotic Brass couldn't get there."
"The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will add another fantastic dynamic to the whole show," Albarn added.
So, free of all that volcanic ash, the Gorillaz are pressing full steam ahead with the tour, which is scheduled to hit North America in October. Tickets for all gigs go on sale in early-to-mid-August. For more information, check out Gorillaz.com.
Gorillaz's North American tour dates:
»10/3 Montreal @ Bell Centre
»10/5 Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
»10/6 Boston @ Agganis Arena
»10/8 New York @ Madison Square Garden
»10/10 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
»10/11 Washington, DC @ The Patriot Center
»10/13 Detroit @ Fox Theatre
»10/14 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
»10/16 Chicago @ UIC Pavilion
»10/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
»10/19 Houston @ Toyota Center
»10/20 Dallas @ Verizon Theatre
»10/22 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
»10/24 Denver @ Wells Fargo Theatre
»10/26 Phoenix @ Dodge Theatre
»10/27 Los Angeles @ Gibson Amphitheatre
»10/30 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
»11/2 Seattle @ Key Arena
»11/3 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena