Damon Albarn is considering retiring Gorillaz when the band's current world tour comes to an end, because the British rocker can't "keep going at this size and pace".
The Blur frontman has been touring extensively with the group this year (10), taking their Escape To Plastic Beach shows to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, as well as enjoying headline slots at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival and Coachella in California.
The tour wraps up in New Zealand later this month (Dec10), and Albarn has scheduled a "period of reflection and sobriety" to consider the band's future.
He says, "It's been an unqualified success - bizarrely... But... we always think that when we get to a point where we've achieved something that it's time to stop, don't we?... We'll see how we feel in January (after the tour). A period of reflection and sobriety... I couldn't keep going at this size and pace."
Albarn's Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett adds, "This would be a wonderful point to leave Gorillaz; at the end of this tour, I think... This tour, with these people, is a one-off. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We'll never repeat this."