Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Kling Klang News: Bye Bye Florian!

Image on Flickr by mr_hartnoll

Florian Schneider has announced he is leaving Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk will continue as a band but with only one of the original founding members, Ralf Hütter still in the line up. Florian didn't perform with Kraftwerk during their 2008 tour so it's not a huge surprise that he has chosen to step down from the bridge.

From the Kraftwerk website:

"Florian Schneider leaves Kraftwerk after a 40 years partnership with Ralf Hütter. This partnership has generated an incredible music and huge advances in music technology. Florian is a great musician, always seeking the perfect sound through technology. Refined and perfected sounds and vocoders to impossible levels of perfection. Our thanks for the state of art that led to Kraftwerk's music all these years. And our wishes for success Florian's new projects as well as to this new Kraftwerk."

Throughout their career, Kraftwerk became known for not giving many interviews, preferring to remain in the comfort of their Kling Klang studio in Dusseldorf experimenting with new electronic sounds and popping out to indulge in their other passion, cycling. Here's why they have never given many interviews:

Brazilian non-interview with Florian Schneider - 1998

The current line up of Kraftwerk is as follows:

Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Stefan Pfaffe (who replaced Florian Schneider). This is the order from left to right as they stand on the stage.

At the end of last month, it was announced that Kraftwerk will be supporting Radiohead on the South American leg of their World tour.

Here are the dates:

03/15- Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Sol
03/16- Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Sol
03/20- Rio De Janerio, Brazil @ Praça Da Apoteose
03/22- São Paulo, Brazil @ Chácara Do Jockey
03/24- Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Club Cuidad
03/26- Santiago, Chile @ San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium
03/27- Santiago, Chile @ San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium

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