As first reported here earlier this month, Daft Punk's June 14, 2007, show in its Paris hometown forms the basis of "Daft Punk Alive 2007," due Nov. 20 via Capitol. The album will be available as a si
As first reported here earlier this month, Daft Punk's June 14, 2007, show in its Paris hometown forms the basis of "Daft Punk Alive 2007," due Nov. 20 via Capitol. The album will be available as a single-disc set or a two-disc edition that features the encore and a 50-page book.
The tour version of "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" will be issued as a single from the live set, and a video, directed by Oliver Gondry, will feature footage shot by fans during an Aug. 9 show at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Daft Punk played its first show in nine years at the 2006 Coachella Festival, and positive word-of-mouth in its wake was a huge contributing factor to the success of its recent North American tour.
Based on Billboard estimates, the brief run grossed in the neighborhood of $3 million and played to more than 60,000 fans. Daft Punk will close out the year with performances at Vegoose in Las Vegas (Oct. 27), Mexico City (Oct. 31) and three December shows in Japan. "We easily could have done multiples in some of these markets. We really underplayed," the group's agent, John Pleeter of CAA, tells Billboard. "The philosophy behind it, in as far as the show goes, was to tease the marketplaces and leave people wanting more."
"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," Daft Punk principal Thomas Bangalter tells Billboard. "That is really the concept of this tour, which was not the concept of the stuff we were doing 10 years ago."
Buzz is also growing for the film "Electroma," an homage to low-budget science-fiction movies that builds on the robot motif. In it, two crew members fill the roles Bangalter and partner Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo play onstage. The movie is something of a cult favorite in France, where it has been playing to packed midnight screenings, and just premiered Aug. 17 in New York. Additional U.S. screenings will roll out through late September, and Vice will release it in January on DVD.
Still, amid Daft Punk mania, Bangalter and de Homem-Christo are being careful to retain the mystique they've worked so hard to build. For one, despite the overwhelming visual aspect of the recent tour, there will not be a live DVD to accompany "Alive 2007." ("That's the way we want to leave it right now," Bangalter says). For another, the pair won't put a timetable on when it will play more shows or return to the studio to begin work on a fourth album.
"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," Bangalter says. "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."
Here is the track list for "Alive 2007:
"Robot Rock" / "Oh Yeah" / "Touch It" / "Technologic" / "Television Rules the Nation" / "Crescendolls" / "Too Long" / "Steam Machine" / "Around the World" / "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" / "Burnin'" / "Too Long" / "Face to Face" / "Short Circuit" / "One More Time" / "Aerodynamic" / "Aerodynamic Beats" / "Forget About the World" / "Prime Time Of Your Life" / "Brainwasher" / "Rollin' And Scratchin'" / "Alive" / "Da Funk" / "Daftendirekt" / "Superheroes" / "Human After All" / "Rock'N'Roll"
"Human" / "Together" / "One More Time" (Reprise) / "Music Sounds Better With You" / "Stardust (Instrumental)"