The indie rock band Gorillaz celebrated their return to in-person concerts Tuesday night at the O2 Arena in London. The show is one of two big concerts by the band at the O2 Arena. The concert was completely free for NHS workers and their families, in honor of their hard work throughout the pandemic, according to Brooklyn Vegan.
The show featured many stars of the alternative scene, including Robert Smith who performed “Strange Timez” with the band. Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook brought his classic bass-play with him to “Aries,” Slowthai and Slaves contributed to “Momentary Bliss” and Shaun Ryder and Roswetta of Happy Mondays rocked out with Gorillaz during “DARE.”
Little Simz performed both “Feel Good Inc.” and “Garage Palace” during the show. Gorillaz also played several unknown new songs throughout the concert.
Check out Smith and Hook’s performances with the band below.
“Strange Timez” featuring Robert Smith
“Aries” featuring Peter Hook
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