Daft Punk | 07.31.07 | Red Rocks

Words & Images by: Tim Dwenger

Daft Punk :: 07.31.07 :: Red Rocks Amphitheatre :: Morrison, CO

Daft Punk :: 07.31.07
My ears are still ringing a bit and when I close my eyes the image of a giant pyramid pulsing with light still dances on the inside of my eyelids. While that may soon fade, the mind altering experience of seeing Daft Punk's invasion of Red Rocks is burned into my memory forever.

The party started nearly an hour before the showtime listed on the ticket with a DJ set from the middle of the 20th row by electro phenoms SebastiAn and Kavinsky with a little help from the new guy on the tour, Busy P. Old school jams from the likes of C&C Music Factory got the crowd on their feet and they didn't sit down all night.

As the sun dipped behind the mountains, The Rapture took the stage and cranked the energy up just a little bit higher with their post-punk electro-rock. Towards the end of their crowd pleasing set, Rapture frontman Matt Saber paid homage to the headliners, saying, "This is going to be the best show you've ever seen. Better than sex. Better than your birthday. Better than your wedding."

Daft Punk :: 07.31.07
As soon as the last note faded away, the crew quickly cleared The Rapture's gear from the stage and a flurry of activity began behind a giant black curtain as the final preparations were made for Daft Punk to bring the house down. In a successful attempt to distract the crowd from the technical happenings onstage, SebastiAn, Kavinsky, and Busy P returned to the DJ stage for a 45-minute set that fed on the energy of the ravenous crowd. As they spun records and twiddled knobs, the DJs gave the crowd a little taste of the thumping beats and climatic moments that were about to transport us all to another dimension.

As the moment of truth approach, SebastiAn dropped the needle on his remix of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing In the Name Of" and the party really kicked into high gear. As the track came to an end, the lights went down and the first sound that was audible over the deafening roar of the crowd was the five familiar tones from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Suddenly, the massive curtain dropped, sharp beams of light erupted from a giant pyramid and a robotic voice spoke the words "Robot. Human. Robot. Human. Robot. Human" in perfect sync with a giant bank of LED lights that spelled out the words the voice was repeating in an increasingly faster rhythm. The speed of the words increased to a climax that morphed into the thunderous beginning of "Robot Rock." The entire audience went berserk when Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter appeared atop the pyramid clad in their infamous robot suits.

Daft Punk :: 07.31.07
This epic entrance was only the beginning of a night that saw the majesty of Red Rocks dwarfed by two French robot men and their massive display of sound and light. "Robot Rock" led into "Technologic," and as the 90-minute set raged the frenzied crowd churned and gyrated to "One More Time," "Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger" and many other tracks that have helped to make Daft Punk the iconic electronic music figures they are.

However, as impressive as the pulverizing, throbbing beats were it was the visual element of the show that left each and every ticket holder simply awestruck. As the set progressed, the duo unleashed visual effect after visual effect, each more impressive than the last, until people were literally clutching their skulls in sheer disbelief.

At first the LED screen was the central spectacle, then it was the triangle shaped grid that flanked the Pyramid, and then, just when you thought they had done it all, the pyramid lit up and eventually became a hi-res video screen. With the stunning synchronization of all these aural and visual elements the robots effortlessly took control of all our senses.

Someone, someday will come up with something that will top the sensory orgy Daft Punk is touring across the globe right now, but, until then, these two men hold the concert industry in the palm of their hands. They are so far ahead of the curve that until the rest of their competition can pick their jaws up off the floor and go back to the drawing board Daft Punk will continue to set the bar for electronic music performances. Let's just hope it doesn't take them another ten years to come back to our side of The Pond.

Daft Punk :: 07.31.07

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Comments

soulink starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 05:39PM
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soulink

Daft Punk live is epic... I'm glad you didn't spoil the encore.

moejoerisin Tue 8/7/2007 06:56PM
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moejoerisin

looks like this was amazing indeed.

paulygparty starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 07:11PM
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Thanks for writing a review, Tim. This show is too epic to not be found on Jambase.

Hope they make another show or just spin some records for all us humans again.

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 07:22PM
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aquariumdrunk

Well, thanks!

Now I feel like absolute shit for missing this.

:)

Andrew Bruss starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 09:22PM
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Andrew Bruss

Masterfully written. From what I hear, these guys put on a hell of a show, and this writer gave every reader a hyper articulate understand as to what went on at Red Rocks. 5 Stars across the board brother!

ganjjjj star Tue 8/7/2007 11:31PM
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whodoyoudo Wed 8/8/2007 05:26AM
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whodoyoudo

me n my wife used to roll n listen to these guys n basement jaxx when we were kids good times

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 05:37AM
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this looks cool. I am not a huge fan of DJ music, but I am increasingly more intrigued with it. This really looked like it was fun and interesting!!!
On the DJ note, I just got a cd of Infected Mushroom, called Vicious Delicious, and its really freaking cool, I am getting more interested in this style of making music. peace...

toestothenose starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 06:03AM
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toestothenose

Damn you Daft Punk for enticing the sences and probobly pulling a grand from my pocket to go see you at Vegoose.

Great read!

simp starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 07:37AM
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simp

MUST SEE
MUST SEE
MUST SEE!!!

I just got back from Lollapalooza and Daft Punk stole the entire show. If you can get to Vegoose you gotta catch this.

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 07:48AM
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nfenne

These guys are so much more than just two DJ's! They have taken electronic dance music to a whole new level.These guys are musicians through and through and deserve a lot more respect than they get.

BRabbit Wed 8/8/2007 08:27AM
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BRabbit

i have seen many shows in my lifetime but Daft Punk in chicago was the sickest most funnest time i have ever had at a show. the atmosphere is amazing and i am not a hudge fan of DJ music but these dudes can fucking rock out your soul from you. Who ever they are thanks for coming to the USA HARDER FASTER SLOWER

mcarroll starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 11:06AM
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mcarroll

What's up, Tim. Great review. I was at this show and it truly was the most amazing spectacle I have ever seen at a concert. Pink Floyd would be envious. Of course, it helps that they also have some of the best electonic music tracks ever composed to go along with it all. If you are lucky enough to be in close vicinity of one of the few shows they are playing, do not miss it.

Kristin starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 12:00PM
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Kristin

Great Review. This was by far the best show I have ever been to!

happydestiny starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 12:02PM
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happydestiny

They would be the number one reason to goto vegoose

hmmmm
I already told myself I wouldn't go this year but dammit I wanna see Daft Punk
great review

MangoNutbag Wed 8/8/2007 12:18PM
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MangoNutbag

saw them at coachella the other year and they completely skull fucked me, i had heard of them and knew a couple of songs but the live show was nutty as hell. goin to see them tomm night in brooklyn cant wait.

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 8/8/2007 12:20PM
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gmoo Wed 8/8/2007 12:31PM
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gmoo

Infected Mushroom is good stuff, Miles. Try listening to some of Simon Posford's (Hallucinogen, Sphongle) music if you get a chance.

kirkbrew starstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 12:34PM
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kirkbrew

So - What the Hell do they do in that pyramid? This may help you out:

http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2007/07/what-are-daft-punk-actually-playing.html

And for anyone who says, “Shit – all they are doing is pushing buttons”. To that, I say that I say that 97% of jam-bands are just running scales. Big whoop!

But I shouldn’t be so hard on the haters. When all you know are jam-bands runnin' scales, I guess you don't get anything else. Kind of like being familiar with algebra and having someone trying to explain differential equations to you. Face it, you just ain’t gonna’ get it.

cuttyfives Wed 8/8/2007 01:12PM
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mother mcree...Kayne is sick...blow me!

Derekmk Wed 8/8/2007 02:35PM
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How often do they tour the US? Sounds like a show not to be missed.

paulygparty starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 04:58PM
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Daft Punk came off a 6 or 7 year concert hiatus and showed up in that pyramid at Coachella 2006.

No one knows when they'll come around again. Or if they will.

buddhasurf420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 09:53PM
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I saw Daft Punk at Bang Festival in Miami last year and was truly blown away! First came the years and years of listening to their anthems - to stand in front of their awe inspiring visual show with the pyramid flashing all kinds of images was a dream come true. I did not stop bouncing up and down the entire time. I wish everyone could see Daft Punk live - tomorrow they play NYC 8/9/07!

mrtibbs starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 11:39PM
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[url]http://www.sendspace.com/file/cdf7g6[/url]

mrtibbs starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 11:40PM
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[url]http://www.sendspace.com/file/cdf7g6[/url]

daft mix

mrtibbs starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 11:43PM
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johnnygoff Mon 8/13/2007 04:05PM
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johnnygoff

Noah starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/14/2007 04:49PM
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what is that mp3 of exactly?

groovatronics starstarstarstar Tue 8/14/2007 08:05PM
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boy, am i glad i read this article.

i found a ticket for this show sitting in the fucking parking lot but ended up just giving it away. i guess THAT was a bad decision.
good article.