Former Blur frontman Damon Albarn and cult cartoonist Jamie Hewlett conjured a hip-hop band of cartoon characters in Gorillaz, but word is actual musicians are at last stepping out from behind the curtain on the band’s Plastic Beach World Tour to put on a concert that cartoons just can’t deliver. The motley crew of animated pranksters still appears on video clips, but Albarn and company play out front where audiences can see them, amid a circus of video clips, guest vocalists and rappers and ever-changing backing ensembles.
>> The Gorillaz perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $62.45-$107. (800) 745-3000 or livenation.com.