Gorillaz fans may or may not be aware that while the music’s very real, the band itself isn’t – at least not in the way we think of bands. Gorillaz is a musical project created by musician Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, complete with four virtual band members who play on screen – but don’t exist in real life. According to Hewlett, the inspiration for the band came about as a way to comment on the lack of substance found in pop culture. Ironic, considering that their music would become a massive part of that pop culture!
Regardless, cartoon or not, their success is undeniable, and they’ll likely be coming to a city near you sometime this year! So far the announced tour dates include Australia and the U.K., but dates for North America and Asia are expected to be announced soon. If you’ve never seen a Gorillaz concert, we can assure you that Damon Albarn and his musical friends, along with plenty of video animation and artwork, will entertain in a big – and very real – way.