Gorillaz outshine technical difficulties at New York live shows

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As the Gorillaz took the stage of New York’s most famous theatre, The Apollo, there were a few doubters who didn’t think they’d be able to pull off the new live show with the same success and air of mystique they managed to back at their recent residency in the UK.

Off to a late start, technical hitches prevented the band from going ahead, with an hour delay. But that was where the disaster ended, as the band eventually took to the stage armed with a full string section, half a dozen large screens, muppet versions of 2-D and Murdoc. Also featured were a tasty bevy of special guest vocalists, including Shaun Ryder, Neneh Cherry, Ike Turner, De La Soul, Booty Brown (The Pharcyde), Roots Manuva, Martina Topley-Bird, Rosie Wilson (ex-Black Grape, Happy Mondays) and the video-appearance of MF Doom.

They managed to keep the sold-out audience happy from the first minute to the last, and had the vision side of the show fixed and running without fault for night number two, where the crowd was treated to some amazing animation from the Gorillaz’s co-creator Jamie Hewlett.

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