Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kraftwerk Announce US Dates

I got a rather exciting e-mail from Astralwerks Records yesterday, and this is what it said...


Kraftwerk is one of the most influential bands in pop history. In a career spanning more than 35 years, the German electro pioneers have been endlessly saluted and mimicked by each new generation of innovators. In the late 1970s, the post-punk futurists professed their devotion. In the 1980s and '90s, the leading lights of Chicago house, Detroit and Euro-techno paid homage. Kraftwerk is possibly the most sampled band on the planet, and their music continues to inspire.

Over the last decade, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz have toured the world and now Kraftwerk is returning to the US to perform a short series of shows in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver, and the 2008 Coachella festival. These are Kraftwerk's first US shows since 2005 following the release of their first ever official live document, the 2 x CD and DVD sets Minimum-Maximum. Their unforgettable appearance at Coachella 2004, combining state-of-the-art interactive audio and lighting, still has their legions of fans buzzing four years on.

Sat 4/19 Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
Sun 4/20 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
Wed 4/23 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
Sat 4/26 Coachella, CA @ Coachella Music Festival


My hometown finally made the cut! After being a fan for some 30 years I am going to get a chance to see The Man Machine up close and personal, and man am I psyched. Tickets go on sale March 22nd. The craziest part of this is the club they are playing, The Myth. It is a box (capacity 4500) in the middle of a parking lot behind a mall, way out in the 'burbs. It is reputed to be a pretty good place to see bands, and the sound system is state of the art. The usual acts it books? 311, Flo Rida, Tech N9ne & Paul Wall and Megadeath are all upcoming shows there. Anyway, it should be interesting to see what kind of a crowd Kraftwerk draw here, and I expect to be mightily entertained.
Kraftwerk - Home Computer (Live) &
Expo 2000 (Francois K & Rob Rives Mix)

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