In occasione del suo giro di concerti in Australia Damon Albarn al The Sydney Morning Herald rivela alcuni programmi futuri. Come quelli che prevedono il ritorno dei Gorillaz nel 2016 (a cinque anni dall’ultimo album ‘Fall’): “Albarn is currently writing a West End theatre musical adaptation of a children’s book, is in the process of reactivating Gorillaz for a 2016 release and is trying to find time to record a new The Good, the Bad & The Queen album, which he says is fully written…”.
Appena un anno fa sui Gorillaz si dichiarava tutto e il contrario di tutto. Conferme e smentite. Due-tre anni di voci altalenanti. Un rimbalzo di mezze ammissioni che a giugno (2013) trovava un protagonista “attendibile” nella persona di Jamie Hewlett, co-fondatore dei Gorillaz, che intervenuto a New York per promuovere la sua opera “Monkey: Journey To The West” dichiarava: “I believe there is a future for the Gorillaz. But Gorillaz is quite a complicated and expensive thing to produce. So, I think we need to wait a little bit to see what happens because usually in the music industry everything changes. And Damon’s got a bunch of other things going on. We usually have a break for a few years in between each album anyway just to go off to do other stuff because it’s quite intensive when you do one of those albums. I’m usually doing things for a few years nonstop, so it’s good to go away and take a stop and do other stuff. But it also just depends. There needs to be a really smart idea behind each album, and we need to stay inspired. I think it’s really more collective but not alone”.
Futuro o non futuro Damon Albarn nel dicembre dello stesso anno tirava fuori dal personale archivio una traccia inedita dei Gorillaz: ‘Whirlwind’ veniva infatti presentata durante uno show alla BBC Radio 2. Il brano vanta la collaborazione della National Symphony Orchestra libanese. “Jamie wants to do other things and I understand. But you never know, in a few years he might have a burning desire to draw those pictures again, and as soon as he does that, as far as I’m concerned, there could be another Gorillaz album”.