Breaking Down Life Is Beautiful 2017’s Biggest Players

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Latest
Release

“Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama” (mixtape; Dec. 21, 2016)

“Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T and Mavis Staples (April 6, 2017)

“Green Light” (March 2, 2017)

“Home Is Such a Lonely Place” (April 18, 2017)

I See You (album; Jan. 13, 2017)

Drones (album; June 5, 2015)

MGMT (album; Sept. 17, 2013)

Most
known
for …

Performing at the White House, donating $1 million to Chicago schools and being an all-around swell guy.

Having sunshine in a bag.

Being a vampire.

“All the Small Things,” from the band’s 2000 hit album Enema of the State.

For being every hipster’s favorite band.

A spectacular live performance, usually accompanied by a badass laser-light show.

That one song from 10 years ago …

Why
we’re
excited

Because we want to see if he can top his 2015 Life Is Beautiful performance.

Because it’s the band’s first time playing Vegas, and several guests on its upcoming Humanz
album are also playing the festival.

Because we’ll have an excuse to sing “Royals” in public.

Because nostalgia. And Travis Barker’s skills on the drum set (and his sick tats).

Because this set will be an opportunity to hear an intimate sound on a huge stage.

See above.

Because we’ll get to hear that one song from 10 years ago …

Did you
know …

His dad worked for the Obama administration.

According to an interview with Zane Lowe, frontman Damon Albarn’s got more than 40 Gorillaz recordings that didn’t make the cut for Humanz.

She has synesthesia—a rare condition/superpower that causes senses to blend together, such as tasting colors or seeing sound.

Former member Tom Delonge believes in aliens.

The band used to have four members, but apparently, they didn’t need two guitarists and kicked one out.

Frontman Matt Bellamy smashed 140 guitars on the band’s 2004 tour.

The band’s name isn’t pronounced “managment.”

Surprise
guest(s)
we’re
hoping
for

What if Childish Gambino popped up and they performed songs from that EP the duo was supposed to drop three years ago? We can dream …

All of the contributing artists on Humanz—Grace Jones, Noel Gallagher, Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, etc.

Dracula.

Tom?

We hope DJ/producer Jamie Smith breaks out into a short solo set, and that Young Thug pops up to spout his skittery gibberish on “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).”

They’re currently on tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars. Maybe Jared Leto will make a festival landing?

Frank Ocean—so the band can perform his remix of that song from 10 years ago …

Vegas Seven

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