Gorillaz Help Everyone "Feel Good" at Roy Wilkins Auditorium

September 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Gorillaz is one of those bands that appeals to people of all ages.  While waiting to photograph their tour stop at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, it was interesting to see everyone from young kids with their parents to people around my age heading into the venue.  It made me realize that the Gorillaz formed in 1998 and have managed to make music through that time to keep their current fans and still make new ones.

When I got into the venue, the place was already pretty full.  There was still a steady stream of people making their way in though, so I knew it would be more full as the night went on.  Tonight was a soundboard shoot and we were set up behind the soundboard on a riser.  It was a pretty nice setup considering it wasn't a pit shoot.  Shortly after getting set up, the lights went down and the show commenced. 

Vince Staples went on first and treated the crowd to fast raps and heavy bass.  I didn't know much about the two opening artists, but the crowd certainly got into it.  The lighting was mainly a few lights shining straight down and quite a bit of fog at times, which made for interesting photos.  Three songs were over quickly and I could still hear the music and crowd having a great time from the lobby area. Danny Brown was up next.  As expected, the crowd had almost filled up the main floor and even the balcony seats were looking pretty full.  Lighting was a little improved at times, but mostly dim for his set.  I could hear everyone singing along and having a great time.  Even though I didn't know the songs, I enjoyed Danny Brown's performance for the three songs that I was able to see. It was finally time for Gorillaz to take the stage and, judging by the roar of the crowd when the lights went down, everyone at Roy Wilkins was certainly waiting for this moment.  The stage setup was pretty involved for their set.  The stage was taken over by platforms for instruments and places for the vast amount of people on stage.  There was a large screen behind it all and two smaller ones on either side.  There was also an oval screen mid stage on top of all the lighting.  I spotted two people up on the light rig that seemed to be working spotlights.  The large screen played parts of the cartoon videos that we are all familiar with from each song while the two side screens showed the live video from the cameras placed around the venue.  The oval screen showed a images randomly that fit with each song as well.

I was pretty happy that I was able to take photos during Gorillaz recent songs, "Saturnz Barz", which was the third song on the list, (see below for entire set list).  When they started that one, the crowd upped the excitement level as it seemed many of the newer fans knew that one better.  The main singer stayed pretty much the only person lit by the spotlights for the three songs that I was able to photograph, but the screen provided the extra light I needed to get most of the people along the back riser.  I enjoyed listening to the performance while I was out in the lobby waiting for our second round of three songs when they had the openers come back on stage.  I really wished I had been able to stick around for the encore to see the popular "Feel Good Inc." and "Clint Eastwood" songs played live, but it will leave me with something to look forward to at the next Gorillaz show! SETLIST

M1 A1

Last Living Souls

Saturnz Barz

Tomorrow Comes Today

Rhinestone Eyes

Every Planet We Reach Is Dead

Sleeping Powder

On Melancholy Hill

Busted and Blue

El Mañana

Ascension (with Vince Staples)

Strobelite (with Peven Everett)

Interlude: The Non-Conformist Oath

Submission (with Danny Brown)

Interlude: Elevator Going Up

Andromeda

Interlude: Penthouse

Sex Murder Party (with Jamie Principle) (Zebra Katz)

Garage Palace (with Little Simz)

Superfast Jellyfish (with De La Soul)

Kids With Guns

We Got the Power (with Camille Berthomier)

Encore:

Stylo (with Peven Everett)

Feel Good Inc. (with De La Soul)

Clint Eastwood

Don't Get Lost in Heaven

Demon Days

 

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there.


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