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Album: Rocket Juice And The Moon (2012)
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  • Rocket Juice And The Moon is a collaboration between guitarist Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace), and drummer Tony Allen (Fela Kuti). Allen also previously worked with Albarn on the album The Good, The Bad and The Queen. The formation of the group was announced in mid 2008, but due to various other projects by the band members, they didn't start playing music together for another few years. Rocket Juice finally played their debut gig on October 28, 2011 in Cork, Ireland during "Another Honest Jon's Chop Up," a series of European showcases by Albarn's label, Honest Jon's.
  • Flea explained to Mojo magazine how the trio came together: "We met on a plane in 2008. The three of us were going to Lagos as part of Damon's Africa Express Collective. I'm a huge Fela Kuti fan and Tony [Allen] is one of my favorite drummers, so to get to talk and play with him was phenomenal. The way I approach rhythm and groove is very similar to the way he does, and I feel with him a special something that is hard to put into words, but it's a beautiful thing."
  • Albarn explained the band's name in an interview with the Irish Times: "Someone in Lagos did the sleeve design and that's the name he gave it, which suits me because trying to find a name for another band is always tricky."
  • The band's self-titled debut album contains 18 tracks including this smoky, celestial spiritual featuring neo soul singer Erykah Badu and rapper Thundercat. Rocket Juice And The Moon was released on March 26, 2012.


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