WATCH: Damon Albarn Duets with 2-D for Gorillaz’s “Kimmel!” Performance

The animated vocalist sings “Aries” alongside his creator.

One of the many, many issues musicians are currently dealing with right now is coordinating live streams for their loyal social media followers, or, in extreme cases, a national audience of millions. As if that isn’t intimidating enough, imagine what Damon Albarn had to go through to duet with his bandmate 2-D, a cartoon character, for Gorillaz‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance last night.

Yet their performance of “Aries” was seamless—over an off-brand Zoom call, Albarn duetted with 2-D (who has a suspiciously similar voice to Damon…) on the group’s latest Song Machine single, with Albarn’s animated bandmate calling in from the studio you may recognize from the video for their track “Momentary Bliss.” We lose 2-D for a sec due to “poor connection,” but all else turned out well.

Watch the clip below, and check out the new dates for Albarn’s now-2021 set tour here.


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