LCD Soundsystem will be reuniting for a tour in 2016 and headlining at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. The mastermind behind the band, James Murphy, also announced a new album to be released before the end of the year.
In a related Inquisitr report, Guns N’ Roses will be reuniting for a show at Coachella. Apparently getting over some past public disagreements, Axl Rose and Slash have agreed to play additional shows in 2016 as well.
The last time LCD Soundsystem performed together was April 2, 2011, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Since then, frontman James Murphy has been busy producing the band Arcade Fire, launching a wine bar in New York, and appearing in a Noah Baumbach film.
As time went on, it seemed more and more likely the band had no intention of getting back together. In interviews since the group disbanded, Murphy has made comments that he had no interest in LCD Soundsystem once he reached age 40.
Even as recently as October, Murphy’s record label, DFA, vehemently denied any possibility of a reunion via Twitter.
hey idiots, LCD soundsystem isn’t reuniting. they’re dead, along with your good looks and cultural relevance.
— MANGA LASSI (@krisdfa) October 8, 2015
Yet, rumors began to surface late last year of a possible reunion of the dance-rock group. With a surprise new song released on Christmas Eve and the official Coachella 2016 lineup announced, the speculation turns out to be real.
Apparently LCD Soundsystem is playing more dates this year than just Coachella. No details have been released yet, but a recent update to the band’s website confirms a tour in 2016 will have more dates added soon.
Murphy announced the tour and a new album through a rather extensive and personal post on the website and Facebook.
The third and last album from the band, This Is Happening, was released in 2011. However, Murphy says he has been passively working on numerous songs over the years and didn’t really know what to do with them.
He had considered releasing the songs as a solo artist, getting LCD Soundsystem back together, or just keeping them bottled up inside his head.
After meeting with other former group members, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang, it was decided to get back together and produce another album. There is a chance that fans may feel jaded about the reunion and new album since many firmly believed in 2011 that LCD Soundsystem would be no more.
However, Murphy promises the new album and 2016 tour will not be a disappointment.
“It needs to be better than anything we’ve done before, in my mind, because it won’t have the help of being the first time. And we have to play better than we’ve ever played, frankly. Every show has to be better than the best show we’ve played before for anyone to even say, ‘Well, that was good. I mean, not as good as they used to be. But, you know. It was good.’ We know all that.”
According to a Consequence of Sound report, LCD Soundsystem’s 2016 tour and reunion includes a show at Coachella because of a very lucrative, multi-million dollar offer from AEG Live, a sporting and entertainment presenter. If true, the dance-punk group will most likely make appearances at other AEG events such as FYF Fest in Los Angeles and Panorama in New York City.
Coachella 2016 will be held over two weekends on April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Joining LCD Soundsystem and Guns N’ Roses at the festival will be Calvin Harris, Sia, Ice Cube, Ellie Goulding, and A$AP Rocky.
While fans anxiously await the release of the new album, many will flock to see the band once again either at Coachella or during one of the LCD Soundsystem tour dates in 2016.
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