Gorillaz stream one-off show in Damascus online

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[b]Gorillaz[/b] are streaming the audio from their one-off gig in Syria online.

The group played the [b]Citadel[/b] in [b]Damascus[/b] last Sunday (July 25) – [url=http://nme.com/news/gorillaz/52219]making Damon Albarn’s outfit the first British band to play in the capital[/url].

Usual band members and ex-[b]Clash[/b] pair [b]Mick Jones[/b] and [b]Paul Simonon[/b], plus [b]De La Soul[/b], [b]Kano[/b], [b]Bashy[/b], the [b]National Orchestra For Arabic Music[/b], [b]Bootie Brown[/b] and [b]Bobby Womack[/b] performed during the show. All of them feature on the band’s current album ‘Plastic Beach’.

The collective performed a set that included the singles [b]’Stylo'[/b], [b]’On Melancholy Hill'[/b], [b]’Dare'[/b] and [b]’Feel Good Inc'[/b], and you can listen to the entire show at NPR.org.

“I just want to explain really briefly why we’re here having this fantastic experience,” [b]Albarn[/b] said after they played 2005 single [b]’Dirty Harry'[/b]. “I came [here] 15 months ago and met a beautiful guy [b]Issam[/b] [[b]Rafea[/b]] who works with the [b]Syrian National Orchestra For Arabic Music[/b], we made a lot of music together and it was a real turning point, and spending time here in Syria really opened my mind.”

Syria is one of Israel’s strongest opponents, and supports a number of armed groups that carry out attacks against the state.

[url=http://www.nme.com/news/gorillaz/52249]Gorillaz are set for a 19-date North American tour later this year[/url], and will head out on a [url=http://www.nme.com/news/gorillaz/52181]rescheduled jaunt round the the UK and Ireland in November[/url].

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