Anonymous Video Sparks Daft Punk Tour Rumors, But We Aren't Buying It
A mysterious video that appeared on YouTube account by the name of "4162016211411" reignited the Daft Punk 2017 tour rumors. The video features the familiar pyramid structure fans associate Daft Punk with and, of course, some nostalgic sounds over a screaming crowd. If you line up each number in the YouTube account numerically with the alphabet "4162016211411" becomes "Daft Punk." The video, which you can watch below, was uploaded on January 1st, 2017 and has since gone viral.
In the video's description you will see several numbers. A redactor confirmed they were coordinates for major cities across the globe and fans quickly turned to one another and asked whether these could be 2017 tour stops. There were over 30 "stops" identified. Though the idea of a new tour is exciting, we must remember that every single "tour announcement" since Alive 2007 has been a hoax. Statistically, this doesn’t look too promising either. The Alive 2017 website from last year, which also had numbers assumed to be coordinates of major cities, is believed to be a hoax.
Daft Punk tour rumors never fail to takeover dance music feeds. There would be no bigger news from Daft Punk than a tour announcement, not even an album at this point. The Parisian duo has been extremely allusive with their touring, which has in turn increased demand.
A redditor by the name of davidklemke said it best, "The table format is basically identical so either Daft Punk is doing the exact same tour again (unlikely) or someone got a little lazy when making this rather plausible fake. There’s also trailing T after "Perth" for the Australian leg which, if you go to that table and try to copy and paste, could easily have come from copying a bit too much and ending up with the T from ‘The Esplanade’ which was the venue for that show."
Basically, this has all of the signs of an elaborate hoax and since we have entered 2017, you should expect a lot more of these rumors to result in high hopes that crash and burn even quicker than they took flight.
Ever since Daft Punk’s Alive 1997/2007 tours people have been waiting for the robotic duo to grace the stage with their live sets atop their iconic pyramid. Following the pattern of their last tours, which took place between a gap of 10 years, many fans have speculated for the return of Alive in 2017.
The fact is, a tour of that magnitude takes a lot of advanced planning and booking, a process which almost guarantee's a leak of information. Though we remain hopeful to hear some Daft Punk tour news soon, we can't keep getting fooled by these fake stories. I’m banking on the robots doing another album and maybe doing a tour in 2020, but your guess is as good as mine.