Phoenix Played a High School Gym in Austin Last Night

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Jeremy D. Larson/

Anderson High School in Austin, Texas is probably the coolest school in America, all thanks to Phoenix.

Last night (October 7), the high school hosted a secret show from the French band. How did they get Phoenix to play? According to KUT News in Austin, it was all PBS’ doing.

The PBS TV series Live From the Artists Den put out a call for an old Texas high school gym to shoot a concert in. They then reached out to the principal at Anderson High School, Donna Houser, whose gym just happened to fit the bill.

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“We have probably the smallest gymnasium in all of Texas for a 5A high school,” Houser told KUT News. “It’s an old, old gym, was built in 1973. It really has never been renovated.”

The principal admitted she had never heard of Phoenix, but after checking out the band’s music–she needed to make sure the lyrics were appropriate for her students–she now says she’s a fan.

Unfortunately, not all of the school’s 2,000 students could attend, but those who had good attendance and no tardies were given a chance to win tickets. Those 450 students who were in attendance got a chance to hear the band play hits like “1901,” “Lisztomania” and “Entertainment,” off their latest album, Bankrupt!.

Just another reason why you should stay in school kids.

Phoenix will finish out their North American tour on October 13 in Austin as part of the final weekend of the Austin City Limits festival.

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