It’s a testament to how excited fans are for the band’s return that they were able to disappear from the music scene for a nearly five-year hiatus and still be welcomed back as a headliner for one of the biggest music events of the year.
Granted, they do have about a decade’s worth of music to go back to. LCD Soundsystem formed all the way back in the Jurassic year of 2002. Their first studio album LCD Soundsystem launched them onto the scene and earned them a Grammy nomination for “Best Electronic/Dance Album.”
James Murphy fronts the band, often doing all the instrumental recordings on albums himself, but tours with a full troupe of musicians, including Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney and David Scott Stone.
On February 5, 2011, the band announced out of nowhere that they would be performing one final concert and then disbanding. Unfortunately, their last hurrah at Madison Square Garden was tainted by scalpers who nabbed up the tickets and jacked up the prices.
Murphy ranted on Twitter: “NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, IT IS NOT WORT THAT KIND OF MONEY TO SEE US!” Followed by, “1500 for a single ticket? F– you, scalpers. You are parasites. I HATE you.”
And the tirade (justifiably) continued:
ps. an idea: anyone selling tickets on cragslist for high $? offer to meet them to purchase and don’t show. #wastescalperstime
— lcdsoundsystem (@lcdsoundsystem) February 12, 2011
As soon as tickets for the Madison Square Garden show sold out, LCD Soundsystem announced a list of four more shows to make sure fans that couldn’t afford the scalped tickets got an opportunity to see them.
Just as they disappeared out of nowhere, LCD Soundsystem slipped back into the world by releasing “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” in December of last year. The band now has a full touring schedule planned, with stops at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands in the works.
Get the full Coachella lineup here.