In the early hours of this morning, legendary duo Daft Punk livestreamed a rare live set on Twitch to celebrate the anniversary of their professional split.
The footage was originally filmed at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles circa December 1997. This was around the time of Daft Punk’s first-ever concert tour Daftendirektour. Over 176,000 eager viewers tuned in at 2:22 PT on 22/2/22 – or 9:22 AM AEST on 23/02/22 for Australians – to witness the fellas in all their classic glory.
While the duo announced the footage would not be available on-demand via Twitch, as to be expected, this supposedly one-time deal was recorded by some enterprising individual by the name of mguzman011, who promptly uploaded the goods to YouTube.
This was all understandably quite the surprise for fans, especially given how it’s been a year to the day since Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo announced their official breakup after 28 trips around the sun. Generally speaking, that kind of development signals the end of a chapter.
Bangalter and Homem-Christo have also recently announced the coming deluxe re-release of both Homework and their live LP Alive ’97; as well as a vinyl edition of Homework. Homework (Deluxe Edition) also comes with nine remixes that were previously unavailable on streaming platforms, including versions by:
- Masters At Work
- DJ Sneak
- Todd Terry
- Ian Pooley
- Roger Sanchez
- Junior Sanchez
Pre-orders for all of the above are currently open on Amazon and Daft Punk’s own website.
As for the rare 1997 live set from an unmasked Daft Punk in question, enough gab – check it out above.