Could Daft Punk Join Phoenix Onstage At Coachella 2013? It’s Happened Before…

Dare to dream with us as we imagine what could be this year's "Tupac hologram moment" at Coachella.
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As amazing as it may seem, it’s happened before at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Take a moment and dare to dream with us.

Now that the long-awaited line-up for the 2013 edition of the wildly popular Coachella music festival has been revealed, ticket holders are wondering what will be this year’s “Tupac Hologram moment.”

Coachella 2012 will forever be remembered as the year that Sunday night headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg shocked the world by performing with an eerily life-like hologram of legendary deceased rapper, Tupac Shakur.

While some fans have questioned French alternative band Phoenix scoring a coveted headlining slot for Coachella 2013, the act’s long history with fellow Frenchmen and Coachella favorites Daft Punk could very well be setting the stage for a high-profile cameo appearance from the beloved robot duo.

Lending credence to our seemingly impossible dream is Phoenix’s 2010 headlining performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where Daft Punk thrilled the audience by appearing onstage unannounced to perform versions of their hits “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Around the World” as well as Phoenix’s own song “1901,” much to the delight of the audience.

The connection between the two acts goes back years, with Phoenix guitarist Laurent Brancowitz once playing in a band called Darlin’ with Daft Punk members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daft Punk allegedly turned down “a gigantic sum of money” to headline this year’s Coachella festival, which doesn’t necessarily rule out a cameo appearance during Phoenix’s set. The same story adds that the band has signed to Columbia Records to release their mysterious new studio album this spring, featuring reported collaborations with such music icons as Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rogers and Paul Williams.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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