Kraftwerk, the pioneering electronic music duo best known for the hit “Autobahn,” has announced a 12-city North American tour that includes a stop at the Midland theater on Oct. 9, a Friday.Tickets go on sale
at 10 a.m. Friday. Prices: $59.50 to $79.50. It will be Kraftwerk’s first appearance in Kansas City since 1975.
Kraftwerk was founded as an experimental rock band in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. It would evolve into one of the most influential forces in electronic music. In 1975, “Autobahn,” the title track to its debut album, rose to No. 25 on the U.S. charts.
Schneider left the duo in 2008. Hütter now tours with three musicians: Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen.
The 3D Concert tour requires fans to wear the paper glasses worn at the movies. Here’s a perspective from the review of a New York show in April 2014 that ran in Consequence of Sound:
“The visuals were appropriately low-tech despite the 3D projection. Many of the early computer graphics with wire-frame imagery seemed almost like a steam-punk approach. All in keeping with the handmade lo-fi aesthetic that Kraftwerk have always espoused. Kraftwerk themselves … were all stationed behind futuristic-looking podiums. Their appearance in jumpsuits could morph from anonymous businessmen to robots. The duality of man and machine was undoubtedly no accident.”