Alive 2006/2007

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Alive 2006/2007
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Daft Punk performing at the O2 Wireless Festival in London on June 16, 2007.
Concert tour by Daft Punk
Associated album Human After All
Start date April 29, 2006
End date December 22, 2007
Shows

48
20 in Europe
14 in North America
5 in Asia
5 in Oceania

4 in South America
Daft Punk concert chronology
Daftendirektour
(1997)
Alive 2006/2007
(2006–2007)

Alive 2006/2007 was a concert tour by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, their first tour as a duo since 1997. While the 2006 concerts were not given a formal title, the 2007 performances were advertised as "Alive 2007". The 2006 performances and 2007 tour as a whole was later retroactively named "Alive 2006/2007".[1]

The tour was met with praise and critical acclaim.[2][3] The Times described Daft Punk's set as a "memorable sensory spectacle, both dazzling and deafening".[3]

History[edit]

The visuals of the tour were set up by XL Video.[4] The company provided eight-core Mac Pro units running Catalyst v4 and Final Cut Pro. Daft Punk approached the company with their visual concept for the shows. "They came to us with a pretty fixed idea of what they wanted," said head of XL Video, Richard Burford. "They wanted to mix live video with effects. Using the eight-core Mac Pros, we were able to take in eight digital sources and treat them as video streams. Then they could use Catalyst to coordinate the video with lighting effects and add their own effects in on the fly. The final digital video streams ran to LED screens."[4]

At the start of 2006, Daft Punk announced plans for a number of special summer shows. On 29 April, Daft Punk performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival where they received a jubilant reception for their first U.S. performance since 1997.[5] Thomas Bangalter had initially been reported as saying that there would be a DVD of their recent live set.[6] He later emphasized his reluctance for such a release, as the duo felt that online amateur videos of their performances were more compelling than anything captured professionally.[7] In an interview with the Miami Herald Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo stated that their 11 November appearance at the Bang Music Festival was their final for 2006 and that Daft Punk would conduct more performances in the future.[8] The band later specified a date for a live show at Bercy, Paris for June 2007.[9] Also reported were dates at the Wireless Festival and RockNess in June, the Oxegen festival in July and Lollapalooza in August.[10][11][12][13] Daft Punk then announced a world tour called Alive 2007.[9]

Daft Punk performing at Bercy in June 2007

Daft Punk played at the RockNess Festival by the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland on 10 June 2007 as the headline act in the 10,000 capacity Clash tent. To the crowd's displeasure, the show was delayed, but the crowd gave the duo a jubilant welcome when they appeared. Due to popularity, part of the tent was removed to allow thousands of people outside to see the show.[14] On 16 June 2007 Daft Punk successfully headlined the third day of the O2 Wireless Festival to positive reaction and reviews. The Times described the set as a "memorable sensory spectacle, both dazzling and deafening" and ThisisLondon declared it "an almost faultless set of relentless electro euphoria".[3][15]

Daft Punk headlined Stage 2/NME Stage at the Oxegen music festival on 8 July 2007. Their live set was preceded by a showing of the trailer for the film Daft Punk's Electroma. Subsequent reports stated that the Daft Punk appearance was the highlight of the festival. NME wrote that the performance was "a robotic spectacular", while Shoutmouth described the set as "typically triumphant".[16][17] Four days later, the duo played at Traffic Torino Free Festival in Parco della Pellerina in Turin, Italy.[18]

Daft Punk headlined the AT&T stage on 3 August 2007, the first night of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Their show there was praised by Pitchfork Media stating that the experience of watching the performance "was a much-needed reminder of the still-potent power of communicative pop."[19] On 5 August they performed at the International Centre in Toronto followed by an 9 August performance at KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, New York.[20] The duo also headlined the Vegoose festival in Las Vegas on 27 October. They appeared at the festival along with bands Rage Against the Machine, Muse and Queens of the Stone Age.[9] At the end of October, Daft Punk performed in Mexico City.[21] The duo also performed on Friday 2 November 2007 at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico and Guadalajara.[22]

Modular Records announced that Daft Punk would appear in Australia for an event in December 2007 called Never Ever Land.[23] The announcement addressed years of speculation on whether Daft Punk would visit Australia for live performances. Daft Punk were supported by their regular acts SebastiAn and Kavinsky at the appearances, which had been announced as an extension to the Alive 2007 tour.[9] Never Ever Land toured to Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Perth at the Esplanade, Brisbane at the Riverstage and finally Sydney at the Sydney Showground Main Arena.[24] A Triple J interview with Pedro Winter (Busy P) revealed that Daft Punk's Sydney appearance on 22 December would be their final show for 2007 and the last to feature the pyramid light scheme.[25] Tickets for the Australian tour sold more quickly than for any Daft Punk-related event in their history.[26]

A live album entitled Alive 2007, which featured the group's performance at the Palais Omnisports Bercy in Paris, was released in November 2007.[2] The album won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2009.

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Robot Rock" / "Oh Yeah"
  2. "Touch It" / "Technologic"
  3. "Television Rules the Nation" / "Crescendolls"
  4. "Too Long" / "Steam Machine"
  5. "Around the World" / "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
  6. "Burnin'"* / "Too Long"
  7. "Face to Face" / "Short Circuit"
  8. "One More Time" / "Aerodynamic"
  9. "Aerodynamic Beats" / "Forget About the World"
  10. "The Prime Time of Your Life" / "The Brainwasher" / "Rollin' & Scratchin'" / "Alive"
  11. "Da Funk" / "Daftendirekt"
  12. "Superheroes" / "Human After All" / "Rock'n Roll"
  13. "Human After All" / "Together" / "One More Time (reprise)" / "Music Sounds Better with You" [1]
  • 1^ Played on 2007 dates only.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
United States
April 29, 2006 Indio, California United States Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Europe and Japan
June 30, 2006 Belfort France Eurockéennes Festival
July 14, 2006 Barcelona Spain Summercase Festival
July 15, 2006 Madrid Summercase Festival
July 26, 2006 Stratford-upon-Avon United Kingdom Global Gathering Festival
August 8, 2006 Zambujeira do Mar Portugal Sudoeste Festival
August 12, 2006 Osaka Japan Summer Sonic Festival
August 13, 2006 Chiba City Summer Sonic Festival
August 19, 2006 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop Festival
August 28, 2006 Dublin Ireland Marlay Park
September 9, 2006 Warsaw Poland Summer of Music Festival
South America
October 27, 2006 Rio de Janeiro Brazil TIM Festival
October 29, 2006 São Paulo TIM Festival
November 2, 2006 Santiago Chile Sue Festival
November 4, 2006 Buenos Aires Argentina Bue Festival
United States
November 11, 2006 Miami, Florida United States Bang! Music Festival
Europe
June 10, 2007 Inverness United Kingdom RockNess Festival
June 14, 2007 Paris France Palais Omnisports Bercy
June 16, 2007 London United Kingdom O2 Wireless Festival
June 17, 2007 Leeds O2 Wireless Festival
June 23, 2007 Istanbul Turkey Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena
June 26, 2007 Nîmes France Arènes de Nîmes
June 29, 2007 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle
June 30, 2007 Berlin Velodrom
July 4, 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
July 6, 2007 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
July 8, 2007 Naas Ireland Oxegen Festival
July 12, 2007 Turin Italy Traffic Free Festival
North America, Leg #1
July 21, 2007 Los Angeles, California United States Memorial Sports Arena
July 27, 2007 Berkeley, California Greek Theatre
July 29, 2007 Seattle, Washington WaMu Theater
July 31, 2007 Morrison, Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 3, 2007 Chicago, Illinois Lollapalooza Festival
August 5, 2007 Mississauga, Ontario Canada Arrow Hall
August 7, 2007 Montreal, Quebec Centre Bell
August 9, 2007 Brooklyn, New York United States KeySpan Park
North America, Leg #2
October 27, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada United States Vegoose Festival
October 31, 2007 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
November 2, 2007 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
November 4, 2007 Zapopan Auditorio Telmex
Japan
December 6, 2007 Kobe Japan World Memorial Hall (世界の記念館)
December 8, 2007 Chiba City Makuhari Messe (幕張メッセ)
December 9, 2007
Australia
December 13, 2007 Melbourne Australia Sidney Myer Music Bowl
December 14, 2007
December 16, 2007 Perth The Esplanade
December 20, 2007 Brisbane Riverstage
December 22, 2007 Sydney Showground Main Arena

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alive 2007 liner notes (2007). Retrieved on February 16, 2009.
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Wireless Festival review The Times. Retrieved 6 July 2007
  4. ^ a b XL Video's profile on Apple Apple. Retrieved on 9 November 2007.
  5. ^ Merry Swankster, Coachella Show Review (5 May 2006). Retrieved 25 February 2006.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Interview at French Touch Forum". Retrieved 7 March 2007.  (registration required)
  7. ^ Las Vegas Weekly: Chatting with a robot Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  8. ^ Michael Hamersly, "Ask the DJ"[dead link] (10 November 2006) The Miami Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2007.
  9. ^ a b c d Daft Punk's Official MySpace Page myspace.com. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  10. ^ Rockness '07 rockness.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2007
  11. ^ Wireless Festival '07[dead link] wirelessfestival.co.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2007 Archived 18 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  12. ^ Oxygen '07 oxegen.ie. Retrieved 24 February 2007
  13. ^ Lolla '07 lollapalooza.com. Retrieved 12 April 2007.
  14. ^ Clash Magazine Rock Ness Review[dead link]. clashmagazine.com. Retrieved 17 June 2007. Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  15. ^ O2 Wireless Festival London 2007 review ThisisLondon. Retrieved 6 July 2007
  16. ^ Daft Punk close Oxegen with robotic spectacular NME. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  17. ^ Daft Punk Closes Out Oxegen Festival shoutmouth.com. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  18. ^ Daft Punk at Traffic Torino Free Festival[dead link] trafficfestival.com. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
  19. ^ Lollapalooza Report Friday (Scott Plagenhoef) Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 7 August 2007.[dead link]
  20. ^ Daft Punk Announce Live Album side-line.com. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  21. ^ Révision: Daft Punk Ciudad de México (Spanish) vivirmexico.com. Retrieved 6 November 2007.
  22. ^ Daft Punk Monterrey Weekend: Part One[dead link] URB. Retrieved 6 November 2007.
  23. ^ Daft Punk ARE coming to Australia inthemix.com.au. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
  24. ^ "Official Never Ever Land site". Retrieved 30 August 2007. 
  25. ^ Daft Punk to Play Last Shows in Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 October 2007.
  26. ^ Zan Rowe Interviews Busy P on Triple j triplej.net.au. Retrieved 30 September 2007.