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Cartoon Group Gorillaz to Tour _ Virtually

August 17, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ How does a fictional cartoon group tour? Why virtually, of course.

The Gorillaz, the virtual hip-hop band of rock and rap musicians fronted by 2D characters, will hit the road _ or information superhighway, anyway _ for a one-day online event on Aug. 24.

The band will drop into 12 different destinations by way of www.habbohotel.com, an online virtual community for teens. There, the band members, speaking through their cartoon alter egos, will interact with fans, who will themselves be represented by avatars.

Twenty-four lucky participants will receive ``backstage″ passes to conduct private interviews with each of the band members.

The brainchild of Blur’s Damon Albarn, the Gorillaz are: Noodle, 2D, Murdoc Nicals and Russel Hobbs. The band’s sophomore disc, ``Demon Days,″ was released earlier this year.

Each tour stop will take place at a different Habbo Hotel country Web site. The U.S. appearance will begin at 4 p.m. (ET).

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On the Net:

http://www.gorillaz.com

http://www.habbohotel.com

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