A room full of high school seniors in Illinois attended a prom they will never forget.
Grammy-winning EDM duo The Chainsmokers celebrated the occasion with an impromptu, unannounced performance for graduating students from Huntley High School near Chicago.
The Chainsmokers performed for nearly 10 minutes at a Hyatt Regency hotel. “Crashed this prom just now. It was across the street from our arena show, so why not :),” they tweeted.
The “Closer” artists were already in town for a scheduled performance nearby at Allstate Arena. While their appearance was a surprise to most in attendance, the drop in was planned with help from the school’s principal Scott Rowe.
“They just kind of came from backstage and just started performing ‘Closer.’ The kids weren’t exactly sure what was going on,” he told the Chicago Daily Herald.
“About three words in, somebody screamed ‘That’s The Chainsmokers!’ and they just bum-rushed the stage,” he continued. “It says a lot about those guys and how cool they are to their fans.”
The high school principal also explained how the whole thing came together. He said he received a “random phone call” from a filmographer who worked for the duo. Rowe was told “This is going to be the strangest call you’ve ever received, but one of your students actually sent an email to the manager of the band.”
“It was probably the toughest secret I’ve ever kept, because I knew the kids were going to go crazy for it,” the principal confessed.