Damon Albarn Blasted By Anti-Smoking Campaigners
For lighting a cigarette on stage at a recent Gorillaz gig...
The Blur star was performing with his cartoon band Gorillaz when he sparked up the ciggy mid-way through a live set in the non-smoking Portsmouth venue.
As a result, Albarn could be fined up to £2,500 after anti-smoking campaigners were 'outraged' by his actions.
Bosses at Action on Smoking and Health are calling for Albarn and guest performer Paul Simonon, who also smoked the cigarette to be punished.
A source told The Daily Mirror: "There can be no excuse for that as it is an indoor place and the law is very clear - we are not allowed to smoke on stage unless it's relevant to the act."
"They should be fined. It's not just the artist, it's the premises where the act is held. I would expect the local authority to take the appropriate action."
They added: "It's not just illegal but more importantly it's about the message it sends out to fans. People in the public eye have a duty not to promote smoking. It's very irresponsible…"
Albarn, who shot to fame in Brit-pop band Blur, recently made his comeback with Gorillaz - releasing new album Plastic Beach which debuted at number 2 in the charts.