US reports cast doubt on rumours of 20th anniversary tour
Daft Punk might not be touring in 2017, despite widespread music industry speculation and several sources saying the pair are headlining Glastonbury next year.
There has been intense speculation in the music industry in the past two months that Daft Punk will play live next year for their first tour since 2007. The reports have centred around a rumoured headline slot at Glastonbury, as well as US shows for Lollapalooza.
However, an unnamed source has been quoted by Pitchfork and Consequence Of Sound as denying the rumours. A report on Consequence Of Sound says: “An industry source tells Consequence Of Sound that Daft Punk have no plans to perform live next summer.”
The site admitted that the band’s US representative hadn’t responded to request for a comment. This tallies with NME’s experience in approaching the band’s UK PR at Sony Records, who said there would be no comment to make.
Daft Punk have only toured twice, in 1997 and 2007, so shows next year would follow their pattern of touring every 10 years. They last played live at the Grammys in 2014, with their only other show since the 2007 tour being a one-off gig in Baltimore in 2008.
In addition, a Reddit user has seen that there is a page set up this year dedicated to Daft Punk on the Lollapalooza website, implying the duo have been booked for the festival for next year.
Thomas Bangalter suffered from tinnitus in 2002, and it’s said he gave up DJing because of hearing difficulties. It’s also believed that this caused him to quit playing live following the 2007 tour, though his friend Orde Meikle said Bangalter has recovered from the condition sufficiently for it not to affect his career.
Daft Punk’s last album was ‘Random Access Memories’ in 2013. They feature on The Weekend‘s new single ‘Starboy’.