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    • CommentAuthorbillyteng
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
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    Apparently, they've been making an album and doing performances together for the past year, with an album being released real soon:
    http://www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com/

    As well as doing a promotion for the Olympics:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics/monkey/7521287.stm
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    Saw Journey to the West at the Royal Opera House a couple of weeks back. Big spectacle, but compared to the tales themselves (or even the tv-series ;) ) it lost a lot of the deep spiritual stuff

    A bit like watching a film of an Alan Moore comic :)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2008
     (3294.3)
    I really wanted to go and see the Monkey opera. I hope that it tours or comes back.

    My little boy absolutely adores the Olympics promo spots and I'm hoping the Opera is going to be on somewhere when he's old enough to go and see it.
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    There is art. There is high-concept art. And then there is Gorillaz. These guys are fucking great; like a Damien Hirst without all the art scene bullshit.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2008
     (3294.5)
    I also saw it at the ROH a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot less Gorillaz and a lot more Chinese State Circus. The Jamie Hewlett design stuff was great, the Damon Albarn music a little less memorable, the acrobatics stunning, the endless curtain calls bum-numbing. We went to a matinee where there were too many idiot parents who thought a 2 hour musical in Mandarin with surtitles was suitable fare for 5 year old Thomas and Jacinta. A guy on the end of our row eventually told the mother behind us who was explaining everything to her darling 5 yr old to shut up.