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Rare HD Video from Daft Punk’s 2007 Alive Tour Emerges

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There’s no doubt that so much joy comes from reliving the best moments in life – especially when it comes to music. Thanks to technology, we’re now able to do this so easily. Daft Punk fans have therefore been extra grateful this weekend, as they’ve been given the opportunity to travel back in time to the French electronic duo’s Alive tour in 2007 . This is thanks to a rare HD video that had recently been shared on YouTube.

Showing their full 1.5-hour set at Grant Park in Chicago for Lollapalooza , the video was posted by user Johnny Airbag, who notes that the video was “previously uncirculated,” and was “mixed live for the screens at the venue,” suggesting that the footage was a direct feed from the front. Hence, the high-quality. Of course, the comments section has now been inundated with ‘thank you’ messages.

“ Johnny Airbag, on behalf of all daft punk fans. We adore you. Thank you. “

The video also features some dialogue at the beginning as the team finalises sound checks. True fans will have recognised one of the voices as Thomas Bengalter himself.

This comes a month after Daft Punk released the complete version of TRON: Legacy , which featured nine additional tracks that did not appear in the movie.

Take a trip down memory lane and watch Daft Punk at Lollapalooza 2007 below!


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Still hurts that I never got a chance to see them live. 😩 legends.

I just knew that Alive 2017 was gonna be a thing and I was ready .

The news of their break up hit me in that spot that increases the bitterness on being an adult.

Bro I know the feel. Gutted they never toured again.

I saw them 3 times when they toured Australia, very very lucky.

I was at the Sydney show... I would be hurting too. Best gig I've ever been to.

Where did this footage come from?? I thought they never filmed it.

This has made my day! First concert I ever went to

Lollapalooza 2007 - Chicago.


There was a DVD

this is one of a handful of albums i can play on infinity loop cos every song is 🤯🤯

It’s my go-to zone out driving album. Can’t listen enough

Come back to us :(

I would do ungodly things to see them live.

ive always said if i can watch 1 concert in time it would be THIS one.

I saw them in Miami on that tour and had no idea what to expect, it certainly was not THAT. I was 100% sober and experienced a joy no drug can ever come close to.

I was at this show with all my friends up front. It is still one of the best things I’ve seen/experienced live.

Please don't kill me, as I'm genuinely curious and not trying to rag on anything, but what is the point in a band like this being live? What exactly are they doing up there? Are they actually "creating" the song again? Or are they just pretending and slightly moving.

The visuals are pretty awesome, though, especially for 2007.

the songs you hear here are nothing like the album counterparts

they dj/remix/merge them in real time

Its very orchestrated, with the light cues and everything. As others have mentioned, they 'mix' their catalogue together in a novel way for the performance, which is fun to be the first to experience it.

They aren't pretending to do things I don't think. From some articles I've read, they actually have their hands on a lot of the show and coordinating a lot of it. But with a demonstration as large as this, you're correct in that they aren't improving it as they go. But that's true of instrumented performances as well for major acts. Instrumented performances are usually playing with in-ear monitors to a drummer that is playing along with a click or backing track so that everything is perfectly timed with the lights. And there's a guy running the lights, and another guy running the eq and the levels, and another guy probably making sure that its all being recorded for the live-dvd correctly. So there's plenty to do .

There's a lot of moving pieces, and they've probably built the show in such a way that they know where exactly there is room for ad-lib or choices that can be made on the fly depending on the mood. Modulating a track, or performing some synth over a backing track.

I'd bet they built everything in such a way that they get to actually perform the parts they want.

The point for them I expect, as well as the point for the viewer and for anyone else is the same: to enjoy yourself.

They rework a lot of their songs together, and it's visually stunning. Alive gave me my favorite Daft Punk song which is there mix of "Around the World" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"


It's just a genuine party.

Definitely most of the work was done ahead of time in the studio, but the best electronic musicians set up their live rigs so that they can improvise and re-mix on the fly.

In this video from the 2008 grammy's you can see Daft Punk using touchscreen controllers to improvise through the Harder Better Faster Stronger solos.

This article has a long breakdown of their live setup.

But honestly, it doesn't really matter. Even if these shows were giant listening parties plus light shows, it would still be incredible.

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Rumors about Daft Punk’s return to the stage are nothing new. The clamoring for our favorite robotic DJ duo has been incessantly ringing around the blogosphere for years. There are plenty of reasons why, the most obvious being the incredible music they produce, and the ways they masterfully blend that music live. Daft Punk has had many memorable moments in the past, and none have had more of an impact than their Coachella 2006 performance, and accompanying tour and album.

But, there’s more to it than great music. Daft Punk’s  Alive 2007,  and everything that came with it, set the stage for what we now know as EDM. They set the standard for what was capable of DJs performing live, and created the well-followed guidelines for putting on incredible shows. Artists like Zedd, Porter Robinson , and countless others have followed in their footsteps, and stage production for EDM shows continue to push the limits of our imaginations.

Touring as a duo for the first time since 1997, Daft Punk’s performance at Coachella 2006 was the first step in a nearly two-year journey that changed the landscape of dance music. A year removed from the mixed-reception of 2005’s  Human After All,  Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo doubled-down on their vision.

Armed with great music, LEDs, and a penchant for innovation, Daft Punk stole the show at Coachella in April of 2006. The performance vaulted the duo into the heart of the EDM-boom of the time, and cemented their place in music history.

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January 24, 2021 at 4:36 am

omg heath. daft punk didn’t start edm [we wince at that uninformed terminology…] with their performance at coachella. a fundamental misunderstanding on the part of every young person who thinks it began that day with two white boys. have you heard of HOUSE MUSIC? have you heard of DISCO? edm doesn’t even exist, it is a non-genre. apologies for any offence i create; please just do your research, oh young jedi… daft punk will be the first to tell you that they were standing on the shoulders of giants; their track ‘teachers’ on the seminal HOUSE album ‘Homework’ lists all of their Teachers. House Music was begun in Chicago by African American people in a nightclub, with Frankie Knuckles handing out LSD at the door and playing reworked DISCO 🙂 stay shiny 🙂

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