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Gorillaz is a cartoon band led by a guy named 2-D who happens to sing remarkably similar to Blur frontman Damon Albarn, which may have something to do with the fact that Albarn co-created Gorillaz and does most of the singing, but Albarn made the connection between the two bands a bit more obvious this weekend at the Gorillaz Demon Dayz Festival in California. As reported by Mxdwn, Albarn began playing a funky, Gorillaz-style version of the Blur hit ā€œSong 2" during the encore, and then he brought out Blur guitarist Graham Coxon to join him for a more traditional take of the song.

Albarn told the crowd it was a ā€œcross pollinationā€ of the two bands, and Rolling Stone notes that it was the first time Gorillaz has covered a Blur song live. In the real world, it seems like a pretty cool stunt for fans of Albarnā€™s two big musical acts, but in terms of the Gorillaz canon, this is wildly confusing. Does Damon Albarn exist in the Gorillaz universe where 2-D is doing the writing and singing? If so, whatā€™s the connection between Blur and Gorillaz? Hell, are live Gorillaz shows even canonical with the story that is (very loosely) told in the albums?

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