Damon Albarn joins Billie Eilish for Gorillaz Classic at Coachella

Billie Eilish already made history as the youngest ever Coachella headliner when she took the stage on Saturday night. So it may have come as a surprise to her young fans that among her guest stars was a 54-year-old: Damon Albarn, known from Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad and the Queen. Appropriately, he co-starred on the song “Getting Older,” after which she helped cover Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.” (with Posdnuos of De La Soul lending a hand).

“Shut up and please give Gorillaz Damon Albarn a frigging welcome,” Eilish said while introducing the singer. “This is the craziest shit I’ve ever experienced,” she continued. “This man changed my life in so many ways and completely changed my perspective of what music could be, and what art could be, and what creation could be. My first favorite band ever was The Good, the Bad and the Queen when I was six and Blur changed the world and Gorillaz changed the world and this man is literally a genius and that’s it.”

Albarn was the second surprise of their set, following an appearance by Khalid on the song “Lovely”.

Eilish’s set, which spanned nearly 25 songs, was an exercise in sheer showmanship, taking the crowd to musical highs and even some lows as the singer implored the audience to crouch and then jump as she and her dancers do the increased energy. Eilish’s whispery vocals pierced the drone expertly played by her brother Finneas, as did the drums, which took on their own ferocity as the show neared its end – particularly on the closing track, “Happier Than Ever.”

It was a sentiment Eilish carried throughout the set, pausing to tell the audience, “I want us to be grateful that we’re alive and breathing and that we’re here. It’s been such a crazy three years and we deserve to feel good and happy and feel safe and calm.”

Clearly enjoying her time on stage, Eilish did a lap of honor at the end of the show, blowing kisses to her fans and waving enthusiastically as she walked out.

Below is their full set list:

bury a friend
I haven’t changed my number
Therefore I am
My weird addiction
I don’t want to be you anymore
You should see me in a crown
Billie Bossa Nova
Halley’s Comet
I love you
your power
stomach pain
ocean eyes
fun company.
when the party is over
All good girls go to hell
everything i wanted
bad guy
Happier than ever

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/billie-eilish-damon-albarn-gorillaz-coachella-1235234201/ Damon Albarn joins Billie Eilish for Gorillaz Classic at Coachella

Charles Jones

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