Fast Times at Anderson High: Phoenix Performance to Air in February
Britny Eubank
1/30/2014

This past October, students at Anderson High School got a treat most teenagers only dream about when French rock band Phoenix played a set in their gymnasium for Live from the Artists Den. And the rest of us will get a chance to see that performance when the episode airs in February on PBS.

Live From the Artists Den, a show known for featuring artists performing in non-traditional venues, had been looking for a "typical, old Texas high school gymnasium" for a Phoenix performance and reached out to Anderson High principal Donna Houser last spring. The Anderson High gym, built in 1973 and "probably the smallest gymnasium in all of Texas for a 5A school"–according to Houser–proved just right for the Phoenix.

The show went off without a hitch and both the band and the 450 students who attended had a blast.

"It almost felt like we were in the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video," Phoenix singer Thomas Mars told Rolling Stone, adding, "There's no way we could do a [high school] tour. But I'm glad we did one show like that–and that it's on tape."

The Live from the Artists Den episode airs in February, but you can watch the official teaser below.

The band is currently working on their followup to 2013's Bankrupt! The project is reportedly in very early stages and Mars told Rolling Stone that, "It's the beginning of something–the base of the pyramid. Right now, it could go anywhere. It's this moment of pure freedom. The possibilities are endless. It's very exciting."


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