Gorillaz Plan First North American Tour

Virtual band was nominated for Grammy last week.

The animated quartet Gorillaz, whose "Clint Eastwood" was nominated for a Grammy last week, will launch their first North American tour next month.

The nine-date trek will begin February 23 in Toronto and wrap up March 8 in Los Angeles, according to their Virgin Records spokesperson.

The tour will mix music, animation and technology, according the label rep. In past performances overseas, the musicians behind the Gorillaz — including Blur singer Damon Albarn and Handsome Boy Modeling School producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura — have performed behind a screen displaying the cartoon characters 2-D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel.

In September, Gorillaz recorded a track with D12 that is available on their Web site (see "Gorillaz's '911' Collaboration With D12 Available Online"). The group also spent time in the studio recently with rapper Redman, though details on the collaboration were not available.

Aside from pulling in a Grammy nod for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, Gorillaz were also nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music and Shortlist prizes (see "Sigur Ros Beat Out Talib Kweli, Gorillaz For Shortlist Prize").

Gorillaz tour dates, according to Virgin:

  • 2/23 - Toronto, ON @ Docks

  • 2/25 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom

  • 2/26 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

  • 2/28 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

  • 3/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

  • 3/3 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater

  • 3/5 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

  • 3/7 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater

  • 3/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium