Despite their pedigree (particularly with their latest album-of-near-perfection Plastic Beach), when Gorillaz were tapped to replace U2 at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, some people wondered whether the animated foursome and musical creation of Damon Albarn could rival the sheer anthemic power of U2. According to Gigwise, Albarn just may have revealed his Ace in the hole to silence the naysayers: Lou Reed.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Albarn confirmed that Reed would join the band on stage on Friday, June 25th. The plan was for Reed to fly in, rehearse, and enjoy England’s game in the World Cup before rocking the crowd. And to ensure that fans get the best show possible, Albarn put in place a strict ban on alcohol, despite it being against his camp’s M.O. Gee, the sacrifices Albarn will make for his art.
While Reed is the icing on the cake, Albarn also confirmed that other Plastic Beach collaborators such as Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, and De La Soul would also join the group during its set. According to Albarn, “We’ve got about 50 or 60 people at one point on stage.” Ain’t no party like a Gorillaz party.
As always, stay tuned for more Gorillaz news and coverage from this year’s Glastonbury Festival.