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Will Daft Punk ever tour again? Here's everything we know about their possible return

The return of Daft Punk is one of the most hotly anticipated events in electronic music

  • Mixmag crew
  • 12 May 2020

Will Daft Punk ever tour again? Here's everything we know about their possible return

Will Daft Punk ever tour again? It's the question the world has been asking since the Alive shows in 2006 and 2007. Their live performances are the stuff of legend and the robots' return to festival stages and concert halls is one of the most hotly anticipated events in all of electronic music.

Daft Punk last performed "live" with The Weeknd at the 2017 GRAMMYs . They appeared on stage with the vocalist for a rendition of 'I Feel It Coming' , one of the two tracks that the duo produced for The Weeknd's album 'Starboy'. Electronic music has a long history at the GRAMMYs but it wasn't enough to satisfy fans of Daft Punk.

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The brief sighting of the robots was less of a spectacle than their 2014 performance at the GRAMMYs , where they won Album Of The Year for 'Random Access Memories' and Record Of The Year for 'Get Lucky'. To celebrate, they performed 'Get Lucky' with a band that included Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers (the rehearsal footage can be seen here ). The band also played Chic's 'Le Freak', Wonder's 'Another Star' and parts of 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger', 'Around The World' and 'Lose Yourself To Dance'.

Daft Punk's last live performance to a paying public was when they appeared at the climax of Pheonix's 2010 headline show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The robots joined the French band to play 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger', 'Around The World', 'Together' and 'Human After All' as well as Pheonix's '1901', with both acts contributing to the performances of the songs and mash-ups of tracks in true Daft Punk live style.

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It was a poignant moment between the two bands – Daft Punk fans will of course know that Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo were in the band Darlin' with Pheonix's Laurent Brancowitz. A review of the trio's music in Melody Maker in 1993 famously referred to their "daft punky thrash" and the Daft Punk moniker was born.

Daft Punk's last headline show took place on December 22 2007 at the Showground Main Arena in Sydney. It was the last stop on the Alive 2007 tour which took in arenas and festivals across the world, starting on June 10 2007 at RockNess festival in Inverness in Scotland.

The duo also toured Alive in 2006, starting with Coachella festival in California on April 29 and ending with Bang! festival in Miami on November 11. This was something of a 'warm-up' for the 2007 shows, with 16 gigs taking place in '06 and 30 taking place in '07.

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Daft Punk had released 'Human After All' in 2005 and the setlist for the Alive shows featured music from the record, as well as from their first two albums, 'Homework' and 'Discovery', with different tracks blended together and mashed-up for maximum impact.

The Alive tours have gone down in electronic music history as some of the most seminal performances of any dance music act ever. The iconic pyramid stage production and visuals set the blueprint for every spectacular electronic music live show that would follow and the shows resulted in the 'Alive 2007' live album and DVD.

The shows are the reason why the return of Daft Punk to the live arena is so eagerly awaited and the Alive legend only grow stronger as the years go on.

This period also included Daft Punk's first televised live performance, which took place at the GRAMMYs in 2008 . The robots brought their pyramid onstage to perform 'Stronger' with Kanye West, which famously samples 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger'.

Daft Punk's previous and first world tour took place in 1997, with the robots playing over 60 dates at venues and festivals between June and December. The tour included their live show as well as some DJ sets. They duo took their studio on the road with them to perform, with Thomas Bangalter saying "Everything was synched up, the drum machines, the bass lines. The sequencer was just sending out the tempos and controlling the beats and bars. On top of this structure we built all these layers of samples and various parts that we could bring in whenever we wanted to."

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The Daftendirekt tour went on to be immortalised in the 'Alive 1997' live album, which was recorded at Birmingham's legendary Que club. It captures the energy of Daft Punk at the time when they released 'Homework' and were fast becoming a bona fide dance music phenomenon.

Many fans thought Daft Punk would play live around the release of fourth studio album 'Random Access Memories' in 2013, but not even the official launch party at an agricultural fair in the rural Australian town of Wee Waa could lure them out.

Rumours circulated in 2017 that Daft Punk would revive the Alive tour and continue the tradition of playing shows every 10 years, with Lollapalooza and Glastonbury cited as festivals that may have booked them.

There were also heavy rumours that the duo would replace Beyoncé when she pulled out of Coachella the same year .

The robots have been active in recent years, releasing a lot of merchandise and organising a pop-up shop in LA . The closest we've got to a live sighting of them since the GRAMMYs has been a 'Technologic' art installation in Paris in 2019 .

At this point, given the nature of their recent music, a live tour would require a large number of personnel and special guests – their medley at the 2014 GRAMMYs featured themselves as well as a band containing seven members, which included Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder.

Read this next: How 'Homework' changed dance music forever

And now Daft Punk are enshrined as one of popular music's most famous acts, venues would need to be big enough to accommodate the ensuing crowds. Thanks to the mythology that's been built up around the duo, they're now far more famous than they were in 2007 and 1997.

Would their return be as big budget as performances of the songs from 'Random Access Memories' require? Or would they revert to the club hits of their previous three albums? Would the pyramid be restored or would they return as part of a large band? We're hoping they haven't said goodbye to performing live, let alone the electrifying blends heard on the Alive tours, just yet.

If all else fails, there's always the tribute band .

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Daft Punk announce final comeback tour dates

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Superstar electronic music duo Daft Punk have today shocked the world once again, with the news of a final tour. Earlier this year in February the pair confirmed their retirement via an 8 minute video titled “Epilogue”. The announcement left millions of fans devastated, with their 30 year tenure coming to an end.

However, a new development confirms that the influential duo will perform one final set of shows. Exact dates and locations are still TBC, all we know for now is that they will take place in early 2022 with performances in London , Tokyo , New York and Berlin . The Parisian duo responsible for some of the most popular dance and pop songs ever made, Thomas Bangalter  and  Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo  formed Daft Punk in Paris in 1993 , helping to define the French touch style of house music.

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Their debut album, 1997’s  Homework , was a dance music landmark, featuring classic singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk.” By the time their follow up album  Discovery was released in in 2001, the duo had become known for public appearances in their trademark robot outfits. The singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” cemented their position as global superstars. Further releases included Human After All , live LP  Alive 2007 , and the  Tron: Legacy  soundtrack album.

Twenty years into their career, Daft Punk were in the spotlight once more with “Get Lucky,” the lead single of their 2013 album  Random Access Memories .  The globally recognised track sold millions of copies and won two Grammys. The duo will no doubt have plenty of hits to choose from during their final performances in 2022.

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Exactly one year ago, after 28 years of career and 11 albums released, Daft Punk announced their dissolution to the world with an 8-minute short film: Epilogue . But today, the electronic duo made up of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, sent out a signal to their fans around the world. The French duo updated all their social pages with a new image with a new logo , as well as they opened a verified channel on Twitch . Re-live the stream if you missed it here .

Daft Punk is streaming live their first concert in 1997.

One more time? Will it be the beginning of a new era? Will a virtual “memorial” of the works of the iconic French duo be created? Could they have embarked on the path of NFT s? It is not known. But a single image was enough to raise the curiosity of fans and enthusiasts. All the hypotheses are open, and possible surprises are not excluded.

An unreleased, exclusive, and time-limited live stream on February 22nd at 2:22 pm PST: Mayan 97′ concert as part of Daftendirektour, Daft Punk’s first concert tour from January to December 1997.

Daft Punk formed in 1993 and released their debut album, ‘ Homework ,’ in 1997. ‘ Random Access Memories, ‘ released in 2013, was their most recent album. They have now released a 25th Anniversary Edition on Spotify.

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[2023] Will Daft Punk Tour Again? A Comprehensive Analysis

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Quick Answer: ✅ Daft Punk retired from touring in 2017, and there is no official announcement of them returning to the stage. However, there have been rumors and speculation about a potential comeback. Fans eagerly await any news of a future tour, but for now, it remains uncertain if Daft Punk will ever perform live again.

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  • Daft Punk retired from touring in 2017 after their “Alive 2007” tour.
  • The duo has not made any official announcements regarding a return to touring.
  • There have been rumors and speculation about a potential comeback, but nothing has been confirmed.
  • Daft Punk’s focus has shifted towards other projects, such as film scores and collaborations.
  • Fans continue to hope for a future tour, but it remains uncertain if it will happen.

Daft Punk retired from touring in 2017 after their highly successful “Alive 2007” tour. Since then, the duo has not made any official announcements regarding a return to touring. However, it’s important to note that Daft Punk is known for their secrecy and surprise announcements, so anything is possible.

While there is no concrete information about Daft Punk returning to the stage, fans continue to speculate and hope for a future tour. The duo’s influence and impact on the music industry are undeniable, and their live performances are legendary. It’s understandable why fans are eager for a chance to see them perform again.

However, it’s important to manage expectations and understand that Daft Punk’s focus has shifted towards other projects. They have been involved in film scores, collaborations, and other creative endeavors. It’s possible that they may choose to explore different avenues in their careers rather than embarking on another tour.

Daft Punk’s decision to stop performing live can be attributed to a variety of factors. One of the main reasons is the physical toll that touring takes on artists. Constant travel, late nights, and rigorous performances can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. After years of touring, Daft Punk may have felt the need to take a break and focus on other aspects of their musical careers.

Additionally, Daft Punk is known for their meticulous attention to detail and high production value in their live shows. Creating and executing these elaborate performances requires a significant amount of time and resources. It’s possible that the duo wanted to take a step back from the demands of touring to explore new creative avenues.

In conclusion, while Daft Punk retired from touring in 2017, fans continue to hope for a future tour. However, there is no official announcement or confirmation of them returning to the stage. Daft Punk’s focus has shifted towards other projects, and it remains uncertain if they will ever perform live again. As fans, we can only wait and see what the future holds for this iconic duo.

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Daft Punk Talks Kanye West, Coachella and That Wild Pyramid Stage in Unpublished Interview

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The groundbreaking French duo Daft Punk stunned the music world Monday morning by announcing their breakup via an elaborate video. The announcement was all the more surprisingly because the has been largely dormant since their 2013 album, “Random Access Memories,” won the Grammy for album of the year, and largely stopped performing live after their triumphant 2007 world tour. The two songs they recorded with the Weeknd on his 2016 “Starboy” album may be their last high-profile releases as Daft Punk.

However, around 15 years ago it seemed like the group might be on its last legs: Their 2005 album, “Human After All,” was considered a flop, receiving lukewarm reviews and selling barely 10% as many copies as its 2001 predecessor, “Discovery.” Plans for a long-discussed tour were shelved until Coachella came calling with a six-figure offer, allowing Daft Punk to finally realize its ambitions on the concert stage — and on that dazzling stage, the songs from “Human After All” made sense. The result was an unparalleled audiovisual spectacle unlike any that had been seen in electronic music before, with many attendees calling it the greatest concert they had ever seen, and more than one critic calling the galvanizing Coachella set the birth of EDM.

In August of 2007, the day after dazzling 12,000 fans at Keyspan Park in New York’s Coney Island, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo doffed their robot helmets and sat for their first U.S. interview in many years. In these previously unpublished excerpts, they discuss how Coachella set the tour in motion, their plans to release a live album from the shows and what they hoped to accomplish in the years to come.

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Elements of this interview appeared in Billboard in 2007; following is an edited version of the full conversation. 

Why do you think there’s been such a powerful reaction to this tour?

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo : I think it is a combination of factors. First, it’s rare: [Normally] when you do a record, you go on tour. The “Discovery” album was quite a successful record but we didn’t tour after that. Also, I think especially in the U.S., it took some time for people to get to know the music. House music or electronic music in general was not [widely popular] in the U.S. 10 years ago, but now it is spread all over, on the radio and supermarkets. It always takes much more time for acts from outside the U.S. to be known here, even if at the time they had a lot of fans.

It’s pretty unprecedented for an electronic group to play in front of 12,000 people like you did last night at Coney Island.

Thomas Bangalter : Yeah, but we’ve been playing many sold-out shows all over America and Europe. Maybe it’s the fact that we started playing shows last year, like Coachella and in France. People got really excited about the shows, so there are more and more people coming. Overall, I think this tour will have been between half-a-million and 650,000 people watching the shows. That is definitely a lot of people, but I don’t think it is purely on the basis of us not having toured for 10 years.

Did you decide to tour based on the offers you were getting, or did you think that creatively it was time to do some shows?

Bangalter : It was a combination of both. The interesting thing was that Coachella was a big offer financially, and that triggered the ability to bring the show to the next level. We were ready to play again — we’ve never done anything for the money or tried to take economic advantage. But we have crazy ideas, and these ideas can be expensive. The ideas we had for this tour require 20 people on the road; it’s not like these big rock stars with hundreds of people. But it’s still very challenging — a lot of technology and computers and sets. Knowing that now we could do things we couldn’t do when we played in a 1,000-person venue triggered crazier ideas and the ability to make it happen.

Like what, specifically?

Bangalter : We have 15 tons of equipment, including prototypes or modified regular technology — things we’ve re-engineered. We built the custom pyramid. We set up a production company, Daft Arts, in Los Angeles, to work on [the duo’s 2006 film] “Electroma.” We really used it, in the same way we’d produce a music video, to come up with a total independent take on it. There’s a lot of troubleshooting and tech and making custom computers. We work with Ableton Live, which is really at the core of the performance right now: We have the music and the lights synced up. It really makes the robots and the personas come to life, within this universe we’ve worked on for the last 12 years.

So with all that technology, what are you actually doing up there during the concert?

Bangalter : We’re controlling the music and some of the cues with the lights. It gets technical. We have synthesizers and remote controls in the pyramid. All of the equipment is on big, large towers on the side, with Ethernet remote controls. It’s new stuff. But it’s fun, because we’ve tried to really approach it from scratch and redesign an entire rig that will allow us to do what we want to do. We want to be able to loop stuff, mash up, filter EQ and transpose. It’s a little bit chaotic. But the thing we focused on is what you get out of the show: an intense experience of music, lights and robots, with a thin line between fiction and reality. That is really the concept of this tour, which was not the concept of the stuff we were doing 10 years ago. We wanted to create an intense experience.

But if you suddenly decide, in the middle of the set, that you want to do a 15-minute version of “One More Time,” can you do that?

Bangalter : The program allows you to do it, but the show as it is right now does not. It works on a combination of music and visuals. So what we’ve worked more on is the ability to change things within certain timeframes, but we still need to move to a certain point, or to the next song. Ten years ago, we were not interested in such a visual implementation of it: It’s a total representation of what we’re trying to express, and not just an audio one. We really see it as a kind of abstract storytelling — an audio/visual revealing, from a very minimal, monochrome start to a multi-color finish.

We’ve really tried to reinterpret every song so that they connect to each other, amid this concept of mash-up. We have a very precise image of the evolution of the three albums that we did [1997’s “Homework,” 2001’s “Discovery” and “Human After All”], despite the moderate response we had for the last one. A lot of the tracks from [“Human After All”], which has not been received well by critics and maybe not by the audience, have gotten a stronger response when we play them in the show. It was really important for us to try and express that — this kind of triangle that exists between the three records. I think the tour has been successful in that way.

Kanye West’s new song “Stronger” is No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. What are your thoughts on his sample of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?”

Bangalter : We did “Harder, Better” seven years ago and then he sampled it. We had used a sample from an Edwin Birdsong’s “Cola Bottle Baby,” and he then sampled the a cappella we used. It’s a funny thing. It’s quite symptomatic of this circle of sampling and being sampled and passing it along to the next producer, all the more coming from white kids in America and France and passing it along to urban culture. We did the same thing in a different way with Busta Rhymes, who used a “Technologic” sample. We’ve always been very open-minded and excited about unexpected connections.

Did you meet Kanye?

de Homem-Christo : Yes. The song is really great and we really like it. When we met him, he was a fan as much as we are fans of his work. It was like if we had collaborated him in the studio. He was happy to see that we liked it so much. It’s not a collaboration in the studio, but the vibe of the music we do separately connected in what he did with the song. It’s really great. On the way to San Francisco, at the airport, we heard it on Power 106 in L.A. The DJ had made an edit of our song at the beginning and then it turned into his song.

What are your thoughts on the way branding has become so prevalent in dance-music culture?

Bangalter : We are part of the older generation in a way, where people were still selling millions of records. We’ve been fortunate enough to introduce our name at a time when it was maybe an easier process than now. And we’re fortunate enough to still be able to make a living and go on tour and work on experimental projects. We really tried so far to stay out of exclusive deals: “Robot Rock” was on last week’s “Entourage” and “Technologic” was in an iPod commercial. That’s just part of the culture. We don’t reject it. It can be the soundtrack for everyday life. We’re happy to be part of it. But so far, we’re not officially sponsored by a brand on an exclusive basis.

How long do you think it will be before Daft Punk releases an album or tours again?

Bangalter : That, we cannot answer. We don’t decide the release date before making the music. I think the cool thing is that we’re always trying to do something that hasn’t been done, or ultimately, that we aren’t doing ourselves yet. That’s what we felt about the film and this tour. It is challenging to get back in the studio and work with ideas we haven’t expressed before. Some ideas take time, but some just take a few weeks. So we’ll see.

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“I’m told they’re working on it, it’s coming out of the locker”: Daft Punk drummer raises hopes that a new album could be on the way

Quinn reveals details of 2018 sessions and says that there’s a record that “sits in limbo”

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Ironically, it feels like we’ve heard more from Daft Punk since they broke up, in 2021, than we did in the years leading up to their split . They’re reissued albums - Homework and Random Access Memories - joined TikTok and, in the case of Thomas Bangalter, released solo material . 

What they haven’t done, of course, is put out a new record, but if Random Access Memories session drummer Quinn is to be believed, that could could be a genuine possibility.

In an interview with alt.news 26:46 , Quinn says of the album that Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are said to have started working on in 2018: “I keep checking in. I’m told they’re working on it, it’s coming out of the locker." That’s a plot twist if ever we heard one, and the drummer has a little more to share, too.

“On ‘RAM’, I was pretty much the last person to come in on the record,” recalls Quinn. “All this work had been done, and I was just sort of doing some of the glue, icing in there. And then the next record they were working on, I was the first first person, the very first person, literally they were working on ideas.”

Describing the scene, Quinn goes on to say: “So Thomas had this keyboard, and actually he had a computer program, I forget what it was, and he was just experimenting. He was just hitting things; we were literally just trying to get vibes across. He was on the mixing board, I’m out in the studio on my weird drum set, and he would just hit a thing [makes beat noises] and whatever he would give me, I would answer and try to come up with something. We did that for a lot of pieces - really, some amazing things. And a lot of times I would be so excited.”

Sounds fun, and it turns out that, as well as “tons” of this more experimental stuff, Quinn was also asked to play “more ‘normal’ drums - you know, the ‘disco’” - before the arrival of another Random Access Memories alumnus.

“ Paul Jackson Jr , who’s played guitar with everybody, came in and he played with me, and then I think one other guy came in doing winds.”

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Other recollections from Quinn include him playing some ‘wacky’ drums, and Bangalter sitting at a piano that sounded electronic.

“That record in particular - the unnamed record - I think will be a lot of spontaneous things in there,” he says. “I remember playing this one thing - my piano board, that’s the insides of a piano. I put my kick drum pedal on the strings and played it like a kick drum. I remember those guys really loving that. I don’t know if it’ll make the record as it was the craziest, weird sounding thing.”

Quinn goes on to report that he recorded with Daft Punk for four or five days, and that the lost record currently “sits in limbo”. It might sound surprising that he’s talking so openly about it now, but he confirms that he sought the band’s permission to do so - “because they’re very secretive, as you know” - and was given the green light.

Which is certainly intriguing; perhaps Daft Punk have no intention of the releasing the album and are just having a little fun with us, or maybe a new record really is on the way? Your guess is as good as ours, but’s a mark of their enduring popularity that the merest suggestion of new material is enough to send fans into a frenzy. If the idea was to everyone’s attention, it’s job done.

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I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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In the music industry 2013 was, unequivocally, the year of Daft Punk. After a painfully long hiatus, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo's latest album, Random Access Memories , took home several awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards — including album of the year — and reaffirmed their status at the top of the electronic music. 

However, in customary Daft Punk fashion, they've shied away from the spotlight, leaving nary a word of their immediate or long-term plans. Now, there are lingering questions as to whether they'll tour the highly popular album and if they have any new album plans for the immediate future. 

will daft punk ever tour again

Since Random Access Memories' release in 2013, there have been few live performances by the duo for any tracks on the album, let alone their wide-ranging music from years past. The one notable exception was at the awards show, when they performed "Get Lucky" alongside Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder, which drew an animated response from the crowd. 

However, both have reiterated that there are no immediate plans to tour the album, despite its widespread critical acclaim. In fact, since the Alive tour in 2007 — for a live album —  they have had no major tours. 

"We're not sensitive to any kind of pressure," Bangalter said, in a 2013 interview with the Wall Street Journal . "Because the most valuable thing we have is our own freedom and creative dreams. There's less value for us in a big bag of money than in a creative idea we want to fulfill. The world we live in today is slightly off because money makes the world go. So we've had the freedom to always pick the thing that makes us the most happy."

Now entering 2016, not much has changed with the robotic duo, at the very least with on-the-record ideations. Furthermore, there have been no formal announcements regarding a new album being in the works. That said, the duo was part of Jay Z's launch of the music streaming service Tidal back in 2015 . 

By joining the stable of artists on Tidal's initial launch, the expectation is that they could produce another album as an exclusive for the streaming service in the same vein as Rihanna's newest album,  Anti, and Beyoncé's single, "Formation." The closest evidence, though, is through a Facebook comment by Chicago house producer Paul Johnson from April 2015, in which he said Daft Punk is "working on a new house album right now," according to the blog Harder Blogger Faster .

If true, Johnson implied it would take the French duo back to their roots with Homework , their 1997 house-centric début. That said, it is ultimately just a rumor. In the meantime, fans and critics alike can impatiently wait for any updates, while a documentary about Daft Punk will be available for people in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk Unchained , will premiere on BBC4 Feb. 19, according to NME , and will document key moments from their career. 

You can check out the trailer for Daft Punk Unchained below as a much-needed Daft Punk fix to hold us over until their next album release or potential tour updates: 

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Daft Punk Mark 1-Year Anniversary of Their Breakup With 1997 Concert Stream: How to Watch

Filmed at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre, the 1997 performance is streaming today (Feb. 22) via Twitch. A deluxe edition of the duo's LP 'Homework' is also dropping.

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Daft Punk

Exactly a year ago Tuesday (Feb. 22), Daft Punk announced they were breaking up after a 28-year run that established the French duo as the world’s top electronic music makers. Many fans forecasted that this pair of numerology enthusiasts — who appeared in public as helmeted robots — would do something special a year from the breakup date.

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That date — 2/22/22 — is today, and those forecasts were correct. Daft Punk is marking the one-year anniversary of their end with a one-time-only stream of a 1997 performance filmed at Los Angeles ‘ Mayan Theater. Available to view exclusively on Daft Punk’s Twitch channel , the livestream begins today at 2:22. p.m. PT. (That’s 22:22 p.m. GMT.)

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Performed as part of Daft Punk’s  Daftendirektour — the duo’s first concert tour that extended from January to December 1997 — the live show was filmed on December 17, 1997, at the 1,700-person-capacity venue in downtown Los Angeles. The group’s live album, Alive 1997 , was also recorded during this tour. 

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Daft Punk at the Mayan, 1997

1997 was also the year Daft Punk released their all time classic LP, Homework , and in celebration of the album’s 25-year anniversary the duo is releasing Homework Digital Deluxe. Out today via Daft Life with distribution by ADA/Warner Music, this deluxe edition contains the original album along with 15 remixes of the album — including nine that were previously unreleased on streaming platforms. Remixers include DJ Sneak, Roger Sanchez and Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry and Masters At Work.

The market for Daft Punk collectibles skyrocketed in the days after Daft Punk announced their breakup, with items soaring in price across platforms like Etsy and eBay as collectors clamored to buy memorabilia. Vinyl editions of both Homework and Alive ’97 will be back in stores around the world on April 15 and can be pre-ordered starting today.

Homework spent 19 weeks on the Billboard 200, where it peaked at No. 150 in September 1997. Sixteen years later, the duo’s final album, Random Access Memories , hit No. 1 on this same chart, where it spent 54 weeks. Random Access Memories also won the 2014 Grammy for album of the year.

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Electronic Music Duo Daft Punk Announces Split After Nearly 3 Decades

Daft Punk has announced their split after nearly three decades together. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with writer Simon Reynolds about the legacy of the electronic music duo.

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    Will Daft Punk ever tour again? It's the question the world has been asking since the Alive shows in 2006 and 2007. Their live performances are the stuff of legend and the robots' return to festival stages and concert halls is one of the most hotly anticipated events in all of electronic music.

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    Also reported were dates at the Rock Ness Festival and Wireless Festival in June, the Oxegen festival in July and Lollapalooza in August. Daft Punk then announced a world tour called Alive 2007. Daft Punk played at the Rock Ness Festival by the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland on June 10, 2007 as the headline act in the 10,000 capacity Clash tent.

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    All the hypotheses are open, and possible surprises are not excluded. An unreleased, exclusive, and time-limited live stream on February 22nd at 2:22 pm PST: Mayan 97′ concert as part of Daftendirektour, Daft Punk's first concert tour from January to December 1997. Daft Punk formed in 1993 and released their debut album, ' Homework ...

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    Daft Punk announce final comeback tour dates. This was posted on April 1st - so I wouldn't keep my hopes high on that. It does :/. But I read Bangalter will provide the music for Mythologies, a new ballet that's being co-produced by Opéra National de Bordeaux and Ballet Preljocaj. Set to run from 1 to 10 July 2022 at the Grand Théâtre de ...

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    Reply. Stahlios. •. Live performances were already rare when Daft Punk existed, so right now, no. Reply. argylerings. •. Plenty of bands have "broken up" ""for real"" and been back at it again. LCD Soundsystem had a massive farewell show, sold out MSG, released a documentary about it and a full concert film, went on multiple ...

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    And if they had gone the Alive direction, it would have just been a stage DJ act which again, isn't in the spirit of the album. Daft Punk were very very passionate about following their visions in their albums, which is why they only live toured 3 times in their entire multi decade career. If the tour plan didn't match the album vision, then ...

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  21. Do you think that daft punk ever get back together in the future

    Do you think that daft punk ever get back together in the future. If it happens, great, but I won't get my hopes up. Would have been awesome to see them live. No, they're both close to their 50s. I don't see them turning back on their decision on calling it quits. They always stick to their decisions.

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    That is the reality. They have said that they will not tour until after the next album releases. Reply. Daft punk is my favorite group. Does anyone have any insight as to if Daft Punk will ever tour again?