Gorillaz kick off their North American tour in support of their new album, Humanz, at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion.

Northerly Island is busting at the seams and in full party mood, ready to help celebrate the start of the Gorillaz tour. Most are on their feet, dancing and singing along. Looking at this crowd, it’s clear to see they have a passionate fanbase out to support them. The UK band have sold out the expansive Northerly Island venue which is certainly an impressive feat, especially since it’s been seven years since they last ventured this side of the pond.

Frontman Damon Albarn is not afraid to take a back seat in proceedings, as they welcomed various guest vocalists to take front and center. Just as Humanz is a collaborative album with several guest appearances, so is tonight. Little Simz helped start the show, but the 23-year-old Londoner also has the chance to take to the stage to perform with the Gorillaz. Other special appearances include the second show opener, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, as well as Peven Everett, Jamie Principle and Anthony Hamilton

Whilst the set is predominantly made up of songs from the new album, the encore took the opportunity to flash back to include some of the songs which helped get them noticed on the world stage – “Clint Eastwood” and “Demon Days”. The Chicago audience is also honored to have a special guest appearance of Del the Funky Homosapien, who joined them for the first time onstage in the US, for “Clint Eastwood”. 

This is a high energy show that doesn’t let you stop still for one minute. Whilst there has been a long absence, they have clearly not been forgotten and were welcomed back with open arms, like a true old friend. 

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Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
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Event Date: 08-JUL-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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