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Gorillaz to Tour - Virtually

Associated Press

NEW YORK - How does a fictional cartoon group tour? Why virtually, of course.

The Gorillaz, the virtual hip-hop band of rock and rap musicians fronted by2D characters, will hit the road - or information superhighway, anyway - for a one-day online event on Aug. 24.

The band will drop into 12 different destinations by way of , an online virtual community for teens. There, the band members, speaking through their cartoon alter egos, will interact with fans, who will themselves be represented by avatars. Twenty-four lucky participants will receive "backstage" passes to conduct private interviews with each of the band members. The brainchild of Blur's Damon Albarn, the Gorillaz are: Noodle, 2D, Murdoc Nicals and Russel Hobbs. The band's sophomore disc, Demon Days, was released earlier this year.

Each tour stop will take place at a different Habbo Hotel country Web site. The U.S. appearance will begin at 4 p.m. (ET). Since the story broke at 2pm, est, it has been picked up by more than 15 newspaper online sites.  These include:

  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Newsday
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • New Orleans Times Picayune
  • Porterville Recorder, CA
  • Boonville Daily News
  • Durant Daily Democrat, OK
  • Tahlequah Daily Press, OK
  • Gainesville Sun
  • Bucks County Courier Times, PA
  • Wyoming News, WY
  • Ann Arbor News, MI
  • Gadsden Times, AL


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