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Gorillaz Firm Up North American Tour Plans

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After a solid showing on the European festival circuit, Gorillaz have announced the routing for the upcoming North American leg of their "Escape To Plastic Beach" tour. The North American tour will begin in Canada at Montreal's Bell Centre on October 3rd before winding up on November 3rd at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Promoted by Live nation, the nineteen U.S. and Canadian dates will be followed by a series of ten shows across Europe and the UK, as well as, seven shows across Australia and Asia.

The group will perform not only tracks off of their latest release, but their two other platinum-selling albums as well. Gorillaz have already performed this year as a fill-in headliner for Glasto, taking up the slack after U2 was sidelined with Bono's back injury, as well as other headliner billets at Roskilde in Denmark and the Benicassim Festival in Spain. Gorillaz are also fresh off a performance in Syria on July 25th following a headline slot at Byblos Festival, in Beirut, Lebanon, making them the first major western band to play at the ancient Citadel in Damascus.

The multi-media Gorillaz, a/k/a Murdoc Niccals, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs – animated characters created by comic book artist Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) and former Blur frontman Damon Albarn – were first introduced to the public with the release of their self-titled 2001 debut album, which has sold nearly two million copies in the U.S. The band's 2005 follow up, "Demon Days", featured the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal Grammy winner "Feel Good Inc." and sold in excess of two million copies in America.

Their most recent album, 2010's "Plastic Beach" continues the story of the band through music and videos has already racked up the most successful YouTube video premiere for the single "Stylo" and has been voted as the #1 album in 2010 in an NPR listener's poll (talk about 'street cred')

North American Dates

October 3 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
October 5 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
October 6 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
October 8 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
October 10 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
October 11 – Washington, DC – Patriot Center
October 13 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
October 14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
October 16 – Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
October 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
October 19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
October 20 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre
October 22 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
October 24 – Denver, CO – Wells Fargo Theatre
October 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre
October 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre
October 30 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
November 2 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
November 3 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

– CelebrityAccess Staff Writers