- 10:21 AM, Jan 19
A virtual band, Gorillaz were created by Blur's Damon Albarn and comic writer Jamie Hewlett in 1998. It consisted of four animated members; 2D on lead vocal and keyboard, Murdoc Niccals on bass, Noodle on lead guitarist and Russel Hobbs on drums and percussion.
In 2000, they released a mini album "Tomorrow Comes Today" which was followed by a full-length album "Gorillaz" a year later. One of the most successful singles which led them invading the U.S. was their debut single "Clint Eastwood". The song also helped them score two nominations; Best British Single and Video, at 2002 BRIT Awards.
During that time, they were rumored to work on a movie project which was abandoned later on because there was no script which was good enough for the group. "We lost all interest in doing it as soon as we started meeting with studios and talking to these Hollywood executive types, we just weren't on the same page. We said, f**k it, we'll sit on the idea until we can do it ourselves, and maybe even raise the money ourselves," Jamie said in an interview.
After stepping back from the spotlight for a while, Gorillaz came back in 2005 with another studio album "Demon Days". They scored their first No. 1 album in the U.K. with this record and cracked the Top 10 of Billboard Hot 200 by peaking at No. 6. By the end of the year, it had gone five-time platinum in the U.K., double platinum in the U.S. and triple platinum Down Under.
Following their worldwide success, the band planned to go on a holographic 3-D world tour which was scheduled to be held in 2007 and 2008. They then previewed the gig during performances at 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards and 2006 Grammy Awards with the addition of virtual Madonna on the latter show.
But the traveling show was scrapped later on due to logistical issue. "It was extremely expensive, extremely difficult, a million and one things can go wrong, every second that the thing's playing. We did that thing at the EMAs. That was a test of what it could be like," Jamie said during an interview.
"And when we sat and watched that, everyone involved was literally gnawing their fingernails, because we knew of the 65 things that could go wrong any second. And when it finished, when the three minutes was over and