Kraftwerk stopped by the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday night (7/5) with their 3-D tour. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk were formed in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1969 with Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider. The group released their first album in 1970. Kraftwerk broke up in 1983 until they reunited again three years later. Schneider left in 2008. In 2014 Kraftwerk received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and then in 2018 won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Schneider died in 2020, just a year before the band was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. To name a few bands influenced by Kraftwerk Depeche Mode, OMD, The Human League, Soft Cell and Gary Numan. The group is not one, nor two but four keyboardists. With Hutter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen. It’s definitely the ultimate visual tour of the summer. It could simply be described as an immersive experience. Each souvenir audience receives an exclusive pair of Kraftwerk 3-D glasses. It was easy to see how enthusiastic the audience was for certain songs.
This two-plus-hour show was definitely a trip back in time, not just for the songs, but also for the accompanying videos. The group’s outfits resembled motion capture suits. It was also an instant dance party. It’s definitely a fun show for all ages, whether you’ve been a fan for 50 years or just discovered their music. The stage is set up simply with the four members and 1 keyboard each on a long riser with a video screen behind. The set opened with “Numbers” and some images were very matrix style. The next few songs were all about computers with “Computer World”, “Computer World..2”, “It’s More Fun to Compute”, and “Home Computer”. A few fan favorites before the encore were “Autobahn” which had a very retro style animated driving video to accompany it resembling an 80’s video game”, “Tour De France”, “The Model”, “Radioactivity” , and “Trans Europe-Express. This one-of-a-kind show is a must-see. Kraftwerk’s music could be described as a combination of mathematical technology and science.”
The encore began with a song any level of Kraftwerk fan would know “The Robots”. The group had stayed offstage as shown in the video and magically appeared the robots themselves in physical form doing their signature dance moves in the iconic red shirts, black ties and gray pants. Another fan favorite came during the encore with “Pocket Calculator.” The show ended with “Music Non Stop”. The North American tour runs until July 10 and ends in Vancouver, Canada.