Gorillaz Welcome De La Soul, Thundercat & More At Coachella

Del the Funky Homosapien, slowthai and Bootie Brown were also among the guests joining Damon Albarn onstage.

By Andy Kahn Apr 17, 2023 11:33 am PDT

Gorillaz staged a guest-filled set at Coachella on the first night of the festival’s first weekend. De La Soul, Thundercat, Del the Funky Homosapien, slowthai and Bootie Brown were also among the guests joining the virtual group’s mastermind Damon Albarn on Friday night in Indio, California.

Thundercat (bassist Stephen Bruner) was first to emerge, coming out for the third song of the set to add his part to the title track of the recently issued Gorillaz album, Cracker Island. The surviving members of De La Soul, Kelvin “Posdnuos” Mercer and Vincent “Maseo” Mason, came out for the penultimate song of the set to perform their parts on “Feel Good Inc.” The performance of the hit Demon Days song was dedicated to De La Soul co-founder David “Trugoy The Dove” Jolicoeur, who died in February at age 54.

Bob Trikakis
Gorillaz (See 16 videos) and Thundercat (See 14 videos)

Right before De La Soul’s guest spot, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien joined Gorillaz on “Rock the House” and came back after “Feel Good Inc.” to assist on the set closer “Clint Eastwood.” Ahead of those sit-ins, slowthai came out to contribute his part to “Momentary Bliss,” which he recorded with Gorillaz for the 2020 album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.

Elsewhere during the performance, Bootie Brown came out for the Cracker Island cut “New Gold” and returned later for the Demon Days favorite “Dirty Harry.” Peven Everett was tapped to augment “Strobelite” from 2017’s Humanz and Jamie Principle took the stage for “Hollywood” from 2018’s The Now Now.

Joel Rosa
Gorillaz (See 16 videos) and Del the Funky Homosapien (See 2 videos)

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  • M1 A1
  • Tranz
  • Cracker Island
  • 19-2000
  • Strobelite
  • Hollywood
  • Interlude: Elevator Going Up
  • Andromeda
  • New Gold
  • Skinny Ape
  • Tormenta
  • On Melancholy Hill
  • Kids With Guns
  • Dirty Harry
  • Momentary Bliss
  • Rock the House
  • Feel Good Inc.
  • Clint Eastwood
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