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The Return of Daft Punk

21 Oct 2010

In case you missed it, this handheld camera video of Daft Punk’s surprise appearance during Phoenix’s encore at MSG last night is currently making the rounds on ye’olde internets.

Imagine: Near the end of the song “If I Ever Feel Better,” the lights go off, and Daft Punk suddenly appears, performing the classic “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” with their fellow Frenchmen, while interpolating their other hit “Around the World” into the fray. Then, the groups perform the Phoenix song “1901” together to close out the set.

The gods have descended.

This is the French duo’s first live appearance since 2007, when they appeared with Kanye West at the Grammy Awards, where they performed his song “Stronger.”

It marks the beginning to what is sure to be one of Daft’s biggest years. The duo has spent the last few years scoring and recording the soundtrack for Disney’s much released Tron: Legacy, which is set to release ten days before the film on December 7th. This will be the group’ s first studio album since Human After All was released in 2006.

Daft Punk also reportedly makes a cameo in the film, appearing as disc jockey programs in Tron’s digital world. But that hasn’t been their only project since we last saw them: The duo also produced the recently released N.E.R.D. single, “Hypnotize U.”

If that wasn’t enough, sources have been saying that Daft Punk will be touring in 2011 in support of Tron, and possibly appearing and performing at Disney promotional events.

Rob Lite, head of music at Creative Artists Agency (which represents Daft Punk) said: “The film soundtrack and tour will lead a dance music juggernaut worldwide. This is going to be the biggest tour of next year.” This tour could possibly include stops in China, something hinted at by management after an internet hoax announced fake tour dates in China in 2009. A live set in the People’s Republic would be another first for the group, and it’s something that we here at 21st Century Boy are very excited about.

[via Pitchfork]

Related: Tron: Legacy‘s new trailer is a Daft Punk music video.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. William W permalink
    24 Oct 2010 9:03 PM

    Good god I wish I was there.


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