Choosing this unforgettable performance was difficult because there a 2 specific Daft Punk performances that come to mind and both are just visual and musical experiences that I feel are pretty much unbeatable, the runner up performance was Daft Punk at Coachella in 2006 (more on it bellow) but I decided to go with Live at Bercy because it ended up becoming the Alive Album, released in 2007 and which went on to win the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance album in 2009 but most importantly, the hearts and devotion of a generation!
Daft Punk Alive – Paris Bercy 2007 – DVD Fan
Before we get into Alive I feel I really must talk about Daft Punk live at Coachella 2006. First, because it is actually the first performance of the Alive tour. Secondly because it changed the way electronic music is done live. And thirdly, it is considered to be one of (if not THE best) performance in Coachella. Ever. They pair of musicians came out on stage dressed in their robot outfits
“We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio. We were working on our sampler, and at exactly 9:09 am on September 9, 1999, it exploded. When we regained consciousness, we discovered that we had become robots.”
and blew the Universe away with their show and that pyramid of lights!
Alive went on to become the album derived from the tour. The recording of the album took place on June 14th, 2007.
The album (and show) were iconic for electronic music and I read somewhere how it is a masterpiece of arena pop. I would have never put it that way (which honestly kills me) but it is true. How could two DJ´s and musicians fill stadiums and bring such an integral and transcendent show is honestly beyond me. It is also extremely surprising and uncommon that a band can release a live album which can stand side by side with their studio releases.
The music duo (Guy- Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) had a bit of a plateau period after releasing their album “Human After All”. After the success previous albums like “Homework” in 1997 and “Discovery” it felt that the French House pair were perhaps starting to decline. Ahem…it is so good to see them now, thriving and more successful than ever with their Random Access Memories album (2013) and even being featured in a documentary film on them this year. Anyway, when they went to Coachella they had not played live in 10 years, and there was a lot of expectation surrounding the event. As mentioned before, they not only did not disappoint but blew everyone away. Let´s hope that they decide to carry on with tradition and tour again in 2017!
For those of us who do not have the time to listen to the whole show, here is a sample of the event
Daft Punk Alive 2007 One More Time / Aerodynamic HD