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Futuristic cyberpunk hero and battler of corporate overlords Deltron Zero will make a once-in-a-lifetime appearance at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Sunday at the annual Rock the Bells music festival.
Deltron Zero is, of course, the construct of alternative hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, composed of Richmond rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, San Francisco producer Dan the Automator and Montreal turntable deity Kid Koala.
The trio brings an “ungodly expensive” 20-piece orchestra to Mountain View for a 60-minute set of songs from the 2000 debut LP “Deltron 3030,” as well as new songs off the 12 years-in-the-making follow-up, “Deltron 3030 Event II.”
That’s pretty cool news for alt hip-hop fans.
“Deltron 3030” was one of those turn-of-the-century milestones. A prophetic prelude to the Damon Albarn-led Gorillaz project, it’s a grandiose sci-fi concept album about battling corporations that run the universe in the year 3030.
Uniting hip-hop boom-bap, jazzy-spacey-experimental production and Del rapping about computer viruses and brain implants, it’s timeless good fun.
“Deltron 3030” cracked the Billboard 200 at No. 94, and posted a strong Indie Albums chart showing of No. 18. Life on the road didn’t suit Del, though. The project went dormant after 10 live shows.
“That record blew up almost because of the fact we didn’t tour,” says Kid Koala, aka Eric San.
San — who in September released an album of vintage blues that he hand-chopped and screwed and called “12-bit Blues” — began working on “Event II” back in 2000 with Automator. “We had a couple of false starts,” Automator says.
But the three always kept in touch. “It was percolating,” San says.
“It took a lot of time for [Del]. It’s a complex record. It’s complicated and I think he leveled up on that first album like crazy.
All three of us stepped up our components,” San says.
“Event II” should come out in October.
Sunday’s show is two-thirds new material and one-third classic. The group demoed five “Deltron 3030” shows in Canada this summer. “People were going crazy,” according to San.
“It’s ungodly expensive,” Automator says. “We just figured, ‘You know what, before I die, I want to be able to do this at least once. To do it right.’”
Deltron 3030: At Rock the Bells
- Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
- When: 6:45 p.m. Sunday
- Tickets: $99 to $439
- Contact: www.rockthebells.net
- Note: Rock the Bells runs from 11:40 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Saturday and 12:25 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Shoreline.