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- Posted on Feb 12th 2010 5:03AM by Stephen Dowling
The band's joint frontman Robert Del Naja (aka 3D) made a short message – "We'd like to dedicate this song to Alexander McQueen" -- at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo show before Deborah Miller launched into the song.
McQueen, one of the UK's most iconic fashion designers, was found dead in his home on Thursday. There were reports the designer, whose mother had died last week, had taken his own life. Police have not yet confirmed this, though they have said his death was not suspicious.
The sell-out concert, in the week the band released their fifth studio LP 'Heligoland,' saw their most recent collaborator, Blur/Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn, take to the stage for two songs.
Albarn joined Del Naja, Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and long-time collaborator Horace Andy to help sing 'Splitting the Atom,' before taking centre stage on 'Saturday Come Slow,' the 'Heligoland' track where he sings lead vocals.
The set saw Martina Topley-Bird, best-known for her work on Tricky's 'Maxinquaye,' perform a spine-tingling version of 'Teardrop,' the 1998 hit originally sung by the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser.
The show included a massive illuminated backdrop which flashed up random financial information -- such as the amount Goldman Sachs' paid in bonuses last year compared to the GDP of Ghana.
Del Naja also made several references to the charity Hoping, which raises money for Palestinian youth community projects. The London show of the tour was a benefit for the charity, which funds projects for children in Palestinian refugee camps.