Gorillaz: Stream “New Gold” ft. Tame Impala/Bootie Brown; Fall Tour, ‘Cracker Island’ Album Coming in 2023

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With a fall arena tour and bits of new music coming out in recent months, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility to presume Gorillaz had more in store. Turns out, the project’s masterminds, Britpop icon Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, certainly do.

On Feb. 24, 2023, Gorillaz will release a new studio album titled Cracker Island. It draws its title from one of the singles shared earlier this year, a funk-blast of a tune featuring Thundercat:

The album news was made official on Wednesday, and came with the debut of another song, “New Gold” — this one a collaboration with Tame Impala and Bootie Brown (of the Pharcyde):

Cracker Island will be the 8th studio album from the Gorillaz project, characterized in a news release as “an energetic, upbeat, genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar lineup of artist collaborators: Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny and Bootie Brown and Beck. Recorded in London and LA earlier this year, it is produced by eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz and Remi Kabaka Jr.”

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The track listing:

Cracker Island ft. Thundercat
Oil ft. Stevie Nicks
The Tired Influencer
Silent Running ft. Adeleye Omotayo
New Gold ft. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown
Baby Queen
Tormenta ft. Bad Bunny
Skinny Ape
Possession Island ft. Beck

As for the fall arena tour: Featuring a 14-piece Gorillaz live band and a “varying cast of guest performers,” the 21-date arena run is not to be missed by anyone whose interest was sparked by the project over the years, which amassed global popularity and expanded Albarn’s already impressive musical resume with contemporary classics including “Feel Good Inc.” (which Albarn performed as a surprise guest for Billie Eilish at Coachella in April).

Gorillaz will set out on that North American arena tour starts in September:

Sun Sep 11  – Vancouver, BC  – Rogers Arena
Mon Sep 12  – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Wed Sep 14  – Portland, OR –Moda Center
Sat Sep 17  – Las Vegas, NV  – Life is Beautiful Festival
Mon Sep 19  – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Wed Sep 21  – San Francisco, CA  – Chase Center
Fri Sep 23  – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum
Sun Sep 25 — Inglewood, CA — YouTube Theater
Mon Sep 26  – Phoenix, AZ  – Footprint Center
Wed Sep 28  – Denver, CO  – Ball Arena
Fri Sep 30  – Austin, TX  – Moody Center
Sat Oct 01  – Irving, TX  – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mon Oct 03  – Chicago, IL  – United Center
Wed Oct 05  – Detroit, MI  – Little Caesars Arena
Thu Oct 06  – Toronto, ON  – Scotiabank Arena
Sat Oct 08  – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Tue Oct 11  – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Wed Oct 12  – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Fri Oct 14  – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Mon Oct 17  – Columbia, MD  – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed Oct 19  – Alpharetta, GA  – Ameris Bank Amphitheater
Fri Oct 21  – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sun Oct 23  – Miami, FL – FTX Arena

EARTHGANG supports September 11 through October 19
Jungle supports October 21 and 23

More on Gorillaz’ legacy:

A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor. The band is recognized by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.

Gorillaz is currently bringing its spontaneous globe-trekking carnival to stages from South America to Europe, on its current 2022 World Tour. The Fall 2022 dates comprise its only currently planned visit to North America. Support from Vancouver through Atlanta will come from EARTHGANG, while Jungle will support in Orlando and Miami.

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