Yesterday, Gorillaz made headlines, as the animated hip-hop group detailed their forthcoming album, The Now Now, and shared two new singles, a music video, and a listing of tour dates with fans. Given this announcement, frontman Damon Albarn has been on a media tour, with the famed musician stopping in with Gordon Smart of Radio X to chat about the new release.

During Albarn’s talk with Smart, the conversation steered toward Albarn’s almost collaboration with Prince. As noted by Pitchfork, Albarn told listeners that at one point he was invited to Paisley Park “to go and play with Prince.” However, while most people would jump at the opportunity, the Gorillaz leader turned down the invitation, noting that he refused to go after he found out that Prince didn’t let people smoke in his studio.

“I was having a drink and a fag—I don’t actually smoke anymore, knocked that one on the head—but if you can’t be who you… If I’ve invited someone to my studio, they’re my guest, and there aren’t any conditions like that,” Albarn explained. He continued, “Anyway, it’s like, I can have a cigarette outside if I needed it—I’d be fucking excited, right? Why the fuck would I not want to fucking go mad if I’m with Prince? I’d rather not do it and not get pissed off with the whole thing. It’s just one of those ‘could have been’… I’ve got a few of those.”

Gorillaz 2018 Tour Dates

06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring
06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle
06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival
06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe
07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival
07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival
07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival
07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues
07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris
07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival
07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival
08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair
08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival
08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *
10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *
10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival

* = w/ The Internet
# = w/ Little Dragon

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[H/T Pitchfork]