News on Gorillaz/D12, Beth Orton, Mudhoney
Detroit rap crew D12 -- sans its highest-profile member, Eminem -- made an appearance at Gorillaz' debut New York performance last night (Feb. 28) at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The other five members of the group -- Bizarre, Proof, Kon Artis, Kuniva, and Swift -- came out in front of the stage's screen to perform "911," their collaboration with Gorillaz written and released on the latter's official Web site last November, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
D12 surprised the audience by making the only actual "appearance" of the entire show, as Gorillaz' musicians were all obscured by a backlit screen in deference to their animated counterparts, who appeared in the projected videos accompanying each song. Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn also announced that the Specials' Terry Hall was joining as a special guest for the song, but he added his contributions behind the curtain with the rest of the group.
For a full review of the show, visit Billboard.com's live reviews section later today.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.