Exactly one year after French duo Daft Punk shocked fans by announcing an unceremonious split, they’ve returned to social media and are hosting a one-day-only livestream of a 1997 show on Twitch.
The era-defining dancefloor act began the livestream at 2:22 Pacific time — and on 02-22-22 no less — sharing rare footage from their December 12, 1997 show in Los Angeles when they played the set without their iconic helmets.
Daft Punk also released a deluxe anniversary edition of their debut album ‘Homework,’ which came out 25 years ago.
From ‘Da Funk’ in 1995 to ‘Get Lucky’ in 2013, Daft Punk became the torch-bearers for French house music across the globe, winning six Grammy awards and pioneering the monumental sound-and-light shows that came to characterise the electronic dance movement (EDM) of recent years.
They did so while almost never revealing their faces: the ubiquitous helmets became another much-copied trope of EDM stars, but also afforded Thomas Bangalter, 47, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, 48, freedom from the fame that quickly encircled them.
Their fourth and last album, 2013’s ‘Random Access Memories’, was a phenomenal success, winning them four Grammys the following year including best record for ‘Get Lucky’, the millions-selling lead single featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.