Sunday, July 22, 2007
Daft Punk at the Los Angeles Sports Arena
I didn't go to Coachella 2006. I was in Las Vegas on the rail for Depeche Mode and She Wants Revenge at the Hard Rock Hotel. The only thing I heard about Coachella 2006 was that Daft Punk was amazing. It sounds funny but how can two french guys dressed up as robots rock a crowd? I was determined to find out.
One of the things I learned prior to the show was that there was no air conditioner in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. This sounded like trouble from the start. It didn't matter as Daft Punk obliterated the audience with an audio/visual spectacle that put many performers to shame. All the reviews that you read about this show are correct. You simply had to be there in order to fully understand and appreciate the electricity in the sports arena that night. It is a shame that the Los Angeles Clippers couldn't have tapped into that electricity for their duration at the Sports arena. I would have been dancing if I wasn't too busy taking pictures and video of the entire sports arena going bananas. I was far back on the floor but was relieved due to the exponential increase in temperature per every 10 people closer to the stage. I was also able to fully take in the light show and would not have appreciated it up close.
Apparently, the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have Ableton Live 6 running behind the pyramid as well a Minimoog Voyager rack effect. They were dropping beats like bombs and switching up loops throughout the entire set mixing in "Around The World" in various places while covering such songs as "Technologic", "Human After All", "Harder Better Faster Stronger", "Robot Rock", and "Da Funk". The duo came back for an encore and tapped into their inner Tron with red outlined suits and held up the triangle to the crowds delight. The clincher was upon their exit they turned around to show a lit logo of Daft Punk on their jackets that had the Sports Arena give a roar of approval as they walked off the stage. I can't imagine the adrenaline they must have had walking off the stage knowing they had just devastated Los Angeles in robot suits nonetheless. If Kraftwerk only had this technology back in the day who knows. I hope to see everyone at Vegoose. Daft Punk in Vegas? It would be illegal..if it wasn't in Vegas.