Music legend Lou Reed is preparing to make a guest appearance with Gorillaz as they headline Glastonbury Festival, it was confirmed today.
Damon Albarn revealed the Perfect Day singer and former Velvet Underground star would be one of a number of vocalists planning to take the stage during their slot.
In an interview to be broadcast on Radio 4's Front Row tonight, Albarn also said The Fall's Mark E Smith and Shaun Ryder from Happy Mondays would perform.
Gorillaz were drafted in as last-minute replacements for U2 after Bono underwent emergency surgery for a serious back problem.
Their albums have featured an array of guest singers and rappers prompting much speculation about who would play with them.
But they told presenter John Wilson that Reed was due to arrive this morning and "fingers crossed, coming straight to rehearsal".
He said the group were having a break to watch today's England v Slovenia match with a strict alcohol ban, adding: "Considering how much we've got to get done, I think that's advisable."
Smith and Ryder will also join rehearsals today.
Albarn said that the other collaborators will include Snoop Dogg and Mos Def, both of whom were already playing in their own right at the festival.
De La Soul, The Pharcyde and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals will also appear.
The band's third album, Plastic Beach, saw the line-up include former Clash stars Paul Simonon and Mick Jones who recently played live dates and will be performing at Glastonbury.
Until this year, Gorillaz' occasional live appearances saw them play behind giant screens and hiding behind cartoon characters but they largely dropped the pretence earlier this year.Reuse content