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Damon Albarn Wants Lou Reed to Join Gorillaz

May 28, 2010 (5:47 am) GMT
Albarn is hopeful the Velvet Underground rocker would want to join his virtual band at the upcoming Glastonbury because it 'really would be amazing'.
Damon Albarn Wants Lou Reed to Join Gorillaz

Damon Albarn wants to recruit The Velvet Underground rocker to join him on the Glastonbury stage this summer. The frontman is set to headline the famed U.K. festival with his band after pulled out of the slot due to singer 's back surgery.

He's hoping to pull off his most impressive Gorillaz set to date - by drafting in some of the artists who appeared on their latest album, including Reed, to sing at Glastonbury. Albarn says, "I just hope we can convince Lou Reed and he grasps that it's a real privilege to get the chance to do it. Then we'd have a complete house and that really would be amazing."

Gorillaz's "", released in March, also features appearances from rappers , and , Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, soul legend Bobby Womack, and rocker Mick Jones.

Albarn admits he's prepared for the experience to be completely different to his appearance at Glastonbury last year, where he headlined with the reformed Blur. He adds, "I'm not thinking for one second that I can compete with that kind of thing (a Blur set). This is something very separate and I wouldn't try to compare the two at all."

"Obviously it's a great shame for U2 that they can't do that. I know that they were really looking forward to playing that gig. They've never done Glastonbury. It's magic, Glastonbury. It's definitely magic in so many ways... I was surprised and a bit nervous (to be asked). I appreciate that it's a big deal but I think we can pull it off."

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