The Good, the Bad & the Queen

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen
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The Good, the Bad & the Queen in 2007. From left to right: Simon Tong, Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen.
Background information
Years active
  • 2005–2008
  • 2011
  • 2014–2019
Associated acts

The Good, the Bad & the Queen is a supergroup composed of singer Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, bassist Paul Simonon of the Clash, guitarist Simon Tong of the Verve, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen. They released their self-titled debut album in 2007. Their second album, Merrie Land, coproduced with Tony Visconti, was released in 2018.


The Good, the Bad & the Queen began as a solo project by Albarn with production by Danger Mouse. However, by July 2006, the project had become a band.[3] They played their debut gig in a village pub in Devon on 20 October, followed by a performance at the London Roundhouse on 26 October as part of the BBC Electric Proms.[4] Their self-titled debut album was released in January 2007.[5] At this point, Albarn said that The Good The Band And The Queen was the album title and not the band name, saying that the band was "nameless".[4]

Albarn said the group had "permanently finished" in 2007; however, they reunited to perform at the 2008 Love Music Hate Racism carnival.[6] Tong and Simonon appeared on Albarn's next project, the third Gorillaz album Plastic Beach (2010), and Allen collaborated with Albarn again on the 2012 album Rocket Juice & the Moon. In November 2011, the Good, the Bad & the Queen played a show at London's Coronet Theatre marking the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace, the first time they had played together in almost three years.[citation needed] Allen and Tong appeared on Albarn's soundtrack for the opera Dr Dee (2012).

In October 2014, Albarn announced that a new album had been written, and was waiting to be recorded.[7] In April 2017, in a new interview with Q, it was reported that a new album was still in the making but that recent events had caused the group to start afresh. Albarn told Q that Brexit had "given us a wonderful starting point".[8] On 17 October 2018, the band announced their second album, Merrie Land, produced by Tony Visconti. It was released on 16 November.[9] On the last performance of the tour in support of the album, in August 2019, Albarn told the crowd: "This is our last gig. After this, poof. Done."[10]



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  3. ^ "Damon Albarn forms new band". NME. 28 July 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2006.
  4. ^ a b NME (21 October 2006). "Damon Albarn launches new band with tiny pub gig". NME. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  5. ^ nme. "The Good, The Bad & The Queen: The Good, The Bad & The Queen". NME. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  6. ^ NME (24 April 2008). "The Good, The Bad And The Queen reforming after secret split". NME. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Damon Albarn Prepping New Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad & the Queen Albums". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  8. ^ Young, Alex. "Damon Albarn is working on The Good the Bad & the Queen's long-awaited new album". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  9. ^ Young, Alex. "The Good The Bad & The Queen to release new album, Merrie Land, in November". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  10. ^ Daly, Rhian (16 August 2019). "Damon Albarn says The Good, The Bad & The Queen have played their "last gig" at Lowlands Festival". NME. Retrieved 29 August 2019.