EarthGang has locked down a lucrative gig as the opening act for Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s band Gorillaz as part of an expansive North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 22-date trek marks the Gorillaz’s first U.S. trip since 2018 when they brought Vince Staples and Danny Brown along for the ride.
The tour kicks off on September 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia before heading down the West Coast to Seattle and Portland. After quick stops at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas on September 17 and Salt Lake City, they hop back to the California for two dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The tour eventually wraps up on October 23 in Miami at the FTX Arena, although electronic group Jungle will replace EarthGang on both Florida dates.
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Beginning with Del The Funky Homosapien on “Clint Eastwood,” the British-born talent and former lead singer of Blur has always interwoven Hip Hop into Gorillaz’s music. Speaking to HipHopDX in 2017, he raved about Staples’ music and the opportunity to collaborate with him on the song “Love Can Be” from Staples’ 2017 album Big Fish Theory.
“He’s great,” Albarn said at the time. “He’s doing something different. He’s kind of anti-Hip Hop, isn’t he? I like that style. I like that not buying into more of the distractive aspects of the culture. I was delighted to be on his album. It made me happy. We got along great. He’s a real character. I’m looking forward to hanging out with him for the next seven weeks.”
As for the forthcoming tour, find more information here and check out the dates below.
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
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*