As Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You gotta rock it back and forth a few times, and then it goes over.” Well, that simile may even prove true for Daft Punk, as the groundbreaking electronic duo has shown signs of life exactly one year after announcing its retirement by explosion.
On Tuesday afternoon, a new verified Daft Punk account appeared on Instagram. Meanwhile, the Facebook for the famed electronic duo—comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter—emerged from dormancy with a picture of the duo’s logo.
An hour later, Daft Punk posted another photo on Facebook, this one of a concert poster for the group’s December 17th, 1997 show at L.A.’s Mayan Theater. This served as the penultimate appearance of Daft Punk’s Daftendirektour, its first-ever concert tour. The group’s website has also been updated to reference the tour, though no other details have been provided at this time.
[UPDATE]: A video of the L.A. performance is currently streaming on Twitch. Tune in here.
All of this cloak-and-dagger breadcrumb dropping is on-brand for the DJ duo that spent the vast majority of its nearly 30-year career hidden under masks, most notably the robot masks debuted around the release of 2001’s Discovery.
Back on February 22nd, 2021, the robots returned only to announce their departure with a clip entitled “Epilogue“. The eight-minute video, taken from the group’s 2006 film Electroma, showed the two masked musicians sharing a parting moment in their trademark robot outfits and helmets before one of them exploded. Daft Punk has not released a new album since 2013’s Grammy-winning Random Access Memories.
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