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Long and Winding Road: Damon Albarn of Gorillaz

Don't hate Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn for admitting his love for Terry Jacks. Reverb file photo, taken at the Coachella Festival in April, by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com

Don't hate Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn for admitting his love for Terry Jacks. Reverb file photo, taken at the Coachella Festival in April, by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com

Do you remember your first record? Your first concert? Your favorite artist from when you were that pizza face in sixth grade? Well this isn’t about that. This Long and Winding Road is about three artists/records that impacted/influenced you over the years – you as a musician, Damon Albarn, frontman of the world’s biggest virtual band, Gorillaz. So let’s talk about your road.

“We’re doing what we’ve always wanted to now. What we’re doing now is a good picture of the eclectic and energetic thing that we always envisioned Gorillaz was.”

5 years old

“ ‘Seasons In the Sun’ by Terry Jacks was the tune in whatever year it would have been – ’74 or something like that – that fated me. It was the thing on the radio that I heard and a shaft of light came down from the sky when I listened to it.”

13 years old

“It could easily be something from ‘Combat Rock’ or something from the Specials. Let’s go with the Specials. ‘Ghost Town’ is the sort of tune you can play in Detroit and it would send shivers down your spine. I like the shivers. I’m a shiverer.”

42 years old

“I suppose something like Congo in the 1970s – when they were mixing Latin music with African music. I listen to so much music, and right now I’m really into this stuff.”

Gorillaz play the Wells Fargo Theatre on Sunday night. N.E.R.D. opens the show. Tickets, $66-$109, are available via Ticketmaster.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post.