Last night was Kraftwerk‘s only west coast stop on the current world tour which has only five US cities on it. The tour coincides with their release today of their new album, Minimum-Maximum, featuring songs from their recent tours.
First, I’ve not been to a lot of concerts in my life, but fully 2/3s of them have been for electronica and I’ll tell you I dig this stuff. I’m only 1/50 of the way done with this list of bands to see live.
The group did not disappoint with their live renditions of favorites like Autobahn, Pocket Calculator, Radioactivity, Tour de France, Trans Europe Express, and they ended with Musik Non Stop. Most importantly was The Robots which featured, um, robots.
If you asked me last year about this time I’d tell you I was a little dubious about seeing electronica in person. I thought, either they just hit buttons or they jazz it up with some dancers or something. Last summer’s concert at the bowl with KCRW’s World Electronica featured incredibly spirited performances. Kraftwerk is totally different but equally compelling. It’s like a performance installation with the perfectly integrated video screens and lights. The crappy phone cam photos to the left don’t do the show justice (there are better shots on the Kraftwerk site).
This was also my first visit to The Greek, and I have to say that I liked the venue quite a bit. A civilized way to see a performance (I like the Bowl, too). But I do have to say, wear socks or insect repellent because I’ve got some mosquito bites on my ankles now.