Gorillaz, the world's most successful virtual band, have teamed with the first global multi-platform digital media company, Network LIVE, to bring fans access to an extremely rare opportunity -- a live Gorillaz experience.
The international cast of musicians that appeared on the award-winning 'Demon Days' album also performed to sold-out crowds Nov. 1-6 at the Manchester Opera House in England. Fans can experience the entire Nov. 5 Gorillaz show exclusively through Network LIVE, via a custom designed interactive environment on AOLMusic.com and on XM Satellite Radio channels 47 and 43.
If you're unfamiliar with the Gorillaz, the band is a virtual hip-hop group, combining the musical skills of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, along with the graphical genius of comic artist Jamie Hewlett. The musicians never appear in person, but opt instead for depiction via cartoon personas.
The Gorillaz 'Demon Days Live' experience combines multimedia elements from November's shows, including live audio coupled with video illustration and animation footage, created exclusively for the show by Gorillaz' visual director Hewlett and his studio team at Zombie Flesh Eaters.
Each song is accompanied by unique animation and illustrations. The encores include never-before-seen footage of the late Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) performing 'Latin Simone,' with Gorillaz from their self-titled debut. Additionally, the crowd was treated to the first and only live performance to date of 'Hong Kong,' from the War Child benefit album 'Help: A Day In The Life,' which was released this year.
Exclusive extras include: · Rare interviews with featured artists Bootie Brown (Pharcyde), De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Martina Topley Bird, and the Wynthenshawe Children's Choir · Animated interviews with Gorillaz characters · Photos from the 'Demon Days Live' concert · Three music videos: 'Feel Good Inc.,' 'DARE' and 'Dirty Harry' · Behind-the-scenes with the Murdoc, featured during the concert · Gorillaz 'Bites' -- short animations starring Gorillaz