After announcing plans of a new tour and record at the start of the year, LCD Soundsystem reunited on March 2016 for their first show in five years. The iconic group went on to appear on several festivals lineups including Coachella, Panorama Music Festival and FYF Fest.
The first news of LCD Soundsystem's reunion came as a shock as the live electronic group decided to disband in 2011 after a glorious farewell concert chronicled in the documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits.
Their new tour was scheduled to start in November with a performance at Hong Kong's Clockenflab. But according to a recent announcement from the festival, LCD Soundsystem had to reign in the number of tour dates in order to put enough studio time aside for their first LP since 2010.
LCD Soundsystem scrapped their set at Clockenflab as well as plans to tour Asia and Australian due to "studio scheduling conflicts related to their new album."
In a letter to fans explaining their decision to come out of retirement, James Murphy had already confirmed they were not interested in just "another victory lap" and that their goal is, in fact, to put out a new record this year.
... we’re not just playing coachella. we’re playing all over. we’re not just having some reunion tour. we’re releasing a record (sometime this year—still working on it, actually), so this isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us. this is just the bus full of substitute teachers back from their coffee break with new music and the same weird gear—or as much of it as we still have (it’s very interesting to re-buy the same gear, and in some cases buy gear back from people you sold it to), and rambling around trying to be louder than everyone else."
The cancelations may come as bad news for those fans planning to attend but good news for anyone looking forward to the new record this year.