Demon Days Live

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Demon Days: Live at the Manchester Opera House
Video by Gorillaz
Released 27 March 2006
Recorded Manchester Opera House
Genre Experimental rock, Trip Hop, Alternative hip hop, Alternative rock
Length 69:50
Label Parlophone
Producer Gorillaz
Gorillaz chronology
Phase One: Celebrity Take Down
(2002)
Demon Days: Live at the Manchester Opera House
(2006)
Phase Two: Slowboat to Hades
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars

Demon Days: Live at the Manchester Opera House is a Grammy Award nominated[1] live DVD by Gorillaz, released 27 March 2006 in the UK (see 2006 in British music). It compiles the live performances from 1 November–5 November 2005 at the Manchester Opera House that recreated the Demon Days studio album and was directed by David Barnard and Grant Gee.

Nearly all of the album's performers were available to participate in the event, including Neneh Cherry, Bootie Brown, Shaun Ryder and Ike Turner. MF DOOM and Dennis Hopper appeared through video and audio narration, respectively. Local Manchester choirs were hired for the performances.

Included as an encore are "Hong Kong", a song written for the War Child album Help!: A Day in the Life, and "Latin Simone (¿Qué Pasa Contigo?)" from the Gorillaz album, as a tribute to the memory of Ibrahim Ferrer, who died before the event took place. Also included are the visuals seen on the large screen for all but three of the performances, as those songs featured single cover art for the duration of each respective song. The visuals for "Kids with Guns" are the contribution by the "Search for a Star" video winner "Carlos".

During the performance, 2D and Murdoc appeared (as puppets) in a box and were motioning for the encore toward the end.

The live performances in Manchester were a pre-festival commission for the Manchester International Festival, which took place in 2007.[2][3] The DVD peaked at number 1 on the UK DVD charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Last Living Souls"
  3. "Kids with Guns" (featuring. Neneh Cherry)
  4. "O Green World"
  5. "Dirty Harry" (featuring. Bootie Brown)
  6. "Feel Good Inc." (featuring. De La Soul)
  7. "El Mañana"
  8. "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead" (featuring. Ike Turner)
  9. "November Has Come" (featuring. DOOM) (footage)
  10. "All Alone" (featuring. Roots Manuva and Martina Topley-Bird)
  11. "White Light"
  12. "DARE" (featuring. Rosie Wilson and Shaun Ryder)
  13. "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head" – Read by Dennis Hopper
  14. "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" (featuring. The London Community Gospel Choir)
  15. "Demon Days" (featuring. The London Community Gospel Choir)
  16. "Hong Kong" (featuring. Zeng Zhen)
  17. "Latin Simone (¿Qué Pasa Contigo?)" (featuring. Ibrahim Ferrer) (footage)

Performers[edit]

  • Vocals/piano – Damon Albarn
  • MD/keyboards – Mike Smith
  • Guitar – Simon Tong
  • Second guitar – Simon Jones
  • Bass – Morgan Nicholls
  • Drums – Cass Browne
  • Percussion – Karl Vanden Bossche
  • Turntable – Darren Galea
  • Cello – Isabelle Dunn
  • Cello – Dan Keane
  • Bass – Emma Smith
  • Viola – Amanda Drummond
  • Viola – Nina Kapinsky
  • Violin – Antonia Pagulatos
  • Violin – Jennifer Berman
  • Violin – Kirsty Mangan
  • Viola – Gary Pomeroy
  • Cello – Deborah Chandler
  • Guzheng – Zeng Zhen

Backing vocalists[edit]

  • Wayne Hernandez
  • Sharlene Hector
  • Rosie Wilson
  • Wendi Rose
  • Aaron Sokell

Guest vocalists[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Music DVDs Chart[4] 5
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[5] 7
Belgian (Flanders) Music DVDs Chart[6] 10
Danish Music DVDs Chart[7] 3
Greek Music DVDs Chart[8] 4
Italian Music DVDs Chart[9] 12
New Zealand Music DVDs Chart[10] 2
US Music Videos Chart[11] 11

Release details[edit]

The DVD was released in various countries:

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 27 March 2006 Capitol DVD 356 2449
DVD: Deluxe Edition 359 3559
Japan 29 March 2006 Toshiba-EMI DVD TOBW3294
United Kingdom 27 March 2006 Parlophone DVD 0946 3 59355 9 2
Canada 28 March 2006 Parlophone DVD 0946 3 59354 9 3
United States 4 April 2006 Parlophone, Virgin DVD 0946 3 56243 9 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS
  2. ^ Manchester International Festival >> pre-festival commissions
  3. ^ News – Gorillaz to take family on tour – from NME.com
  4. ^ "ARIA Top 40 DVD" (PDF). The ARIA Report (841): 22. 17 April 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Austria Top 40 – Musik-DVDs Top 10 07.04.2006". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gorillaz – Demon Days Live [DVD]". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Musik DVD Top-10". Hitlisten.nu (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 20 DVD/Video". IFPI Greece (in Greek). Archived from the original on 15 May 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Archivio – DVD Musicali". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 10 Music DVDs". RIANZ. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top Music Videos". Billboard 118 (16): 83. 22 April 2006. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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