Simon Tong

Simon Tong (b. 9 July 1972 in Farnworth, Lancashire) is an English guitarist and keyboardist who was a member of The Verve between 1996 and 1999 and is currently a member of Erland and the Carnival and Transmission.

He played on tour with Blur, Gorillaz and the unnamed supergroup responsible for The Good, the Bad & the Queen. He ranks in BBC's "The Axe Factor" as the 40th greatest guitarist of the latest 30 years.

Blur/Gorillaz; 2002–2010

Following Graham Coxon's departure from Blur in 2002, Tong was recruited as guitarist for some of the band's live performances. He continued the relationship formed with frontman Damon Albarn by contributing guitar to Gorillaz' 2005 album Demon Days. Tong also contributed guitar to Gorillaz' 2010 album Plastic Beach.