Gorillaz mainman Damon Albarn has said he feels their recent Glastonbury headline show lacked human interaction due to their recent switch from a live video-led set-up to full band performance.
Their hastily scheduled Glastonbury spot, arranged after U2 were forced to cancel due to an injury to frontman Bono, received criticism from some quarters who claimed the gig failed to ignite before a spectacular encore.
Some reports told of fans leaving the Pyramind Stage just a short time into the show, and Albarn has now said he regrets not interacting with the crowd more. “We were yet to change the dynamic entirely from the cartoon band acting purely as a film orchestra into something that had more of a human element to it,” he told BBC Newsbeat.
“Basically, the difference between that and the next gig we did at Roskilde which was the same sized audience, same age demographic, was I just communicated with the audience more. I introduced Bobby Womack, introduced Lou Reed, introduced anyone and I didn’t take for granted that if these people were going to be at the front then there had to be some kind of human interaction.”
Gorillaz recently announced their first full scale world tour, which will include a date at New York’s Madison Square Garden.