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Blur’s Damon Albarn to air new Gorillaz demos

Damon Albarn will play new demos by Gorillaz when he fills in for BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe tomorrow (January 14) from 7pm (GMT) to 9pm.

Albarn will be joined by DJ Steve Lamacq and “Gorillaz bassist and band leader Murdoc Niccalson” on the show.

As well as showcasing the demos, he will play some of his favourite records – and several Blur radio sessions will be re-run during the show.

Meanwhile a statement from “Murdoc” has appeared on several Gorillaz fansites explaining his involvement.

“Let’s try and clear this up,” said the cartoon creation. “As far as I can work out, I, Murdoc Niccals, the Gorillaz musical auteur, have been requested by the BBC to take over Zane Lowe’s radio show this Wednesday. Sounds simple. They want ‘the guy who wrote all those Gorillaz tunes’.”

He added: “But now apparently ‘Damon Albarn’, is hosting this farce and he’s going to be playing some of the new Gorillaz demos, and ‘would I like to maybe put in an appearance, say hello, kind of thing’. Shurely [sic], some kind of admin mistake. So yeah, folks, I’ll put in an appearance this Wednesday, for sure. Let’s find out who’s hosting who, exactly.”