Los Angeles may have gotten a special appearance from Beck and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala last week, but last night, Toronto fans also received a treat.
As Gorillaz kicked off their 5 1/2 song encore at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena last night, Damon Albarn commented “I didn’t think we’d ever play this song again”, before a mysterious cloaked figure emerged to stand at a newly erected podium at the front of the stage, as red lights dawned over the Raptors’ home arena.
That mysterious cloaked figure was What We Do In The Shadows actor and comedian Matt Berry, who went on to do a (mostly) faithful rendition of the Demon Days track, “Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head”. He did add in a line about Mississauga, a city to the west of Toronto.
Dennis Hopper famously narrated the track in the original, while Berry first came to play the role in the 2020 live stream Song Machine Live. This is the first time he’s joined the band on tour, however. And it seemed that he came straight from the set of What We Do In The Shadows, which films in the city, given his outfit.
Here’s video of the performance:
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Though the majority of the night put the focus on Albarn, other guests on the night (who are part of the Gorillaz travelling camp in North America) included support acts EARTHGANG who came out for “Opium”, Bootie Brown who came out for “Dirty Harry”, “New Gold” and “Stylo”, De La Soul for “Feel Good Inc.”, and Sweetie Irie who closed the night with the “Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Re-fix” of “Clint Eastwood” – a deep cut for those playing at home.
Here’s the full setlist:
Last Living Souls
Tomorrow Comes Today
Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
O Green World
On Melancholy Hill
New Genious (Brother)
Kids With Guns
Opium (ft. EARTHGANG)
Dirty Harry (ft. Bootie Brown)
Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head (ft. Matt Berry)
New Gold (ft. Bootie Brown)
Stylo (ft. Bootie Brown)
Feel Good Inc. (ft. De La Soul)
Clint Eastwood Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Re-fix (ft. Sweetie Irie)
Photo: “WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS” — “The Cloak of Duplication” — Season 3, Episode 2 — Pictured: Matt Berry as Laszlo. CR: Russ Martin/FX