In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Damon Albarn has mention he might be calling it quits with Gorillaz after this tour, set to finish in New Zealand around Christmas. “It’s been an unqualified success — bizarrely… But… we always think that when we get to a point where we’ve achieved something that it’s time to stop, don’t we?” Albarn said. “We’ll see how we feel in January (after the tour). A period of reflection and sobriety… I couldn’t keep going at this size and pace.”
And it’s not just Albarn speaking of ending the hugely successful project with co-founder and illustrator Jamie Hewlett saying “this would be a wonderful point to leave Gorillaz; at the end of this tour, I think… This tour, with these people, is a one-off. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’ll never repeat this.”
With the band slated to be releasing an album around Christmas, with enough material recorded for another album after that, one has to imagine they’re referring to the live band, but still these comments are hardly encouraging. The duo who are set to work on an opera about English alchemist John Dee after the tour don’t really look like they’re any signs of slowing down their output, so let’s hope we see another Gorillaz album in the new year.
You can read the full interview from SMH here and if you didn’t know the tour dates for the rest of their Plastic Beach tour are below.
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