In a feat of mild hypocrisy, we found ourselves pretty excited indeed to discover the news that German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are to perform all eight of their seminal albums on consecutive nights in February 2013 at London’s Tate Modern Art Gallery.
So, yes, we’re thrilled about this, even though our reception to The Rolling Stones current shows was somewhat indifferent at best. But, you see, whilst the Stones were long past their creative peak by the 1980’s, Kraftwerk’s 2003 album Tour de France still held more than a candle to their previous seven works, whilst the group were true innovators as opposed to the ‘Stones admittedly excellent bettering of genres already well on the way to the mainstream. Looks, it’s just exciting, ok?
The Quietus reports that, titled 'Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 12345678,' the shows will take place in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, commencing with their first album, Autobahn (originally released in 1974), on February 6, 2013 and finishing on February 14 with Tour de France. Tickets for the event aren’t cheap at £60, but even so fans are going to struggle to work out which show to go to, given the high consistency of the group’s output - even as they took on more pop influences into the 80’s.
The director of the Tate Modern Chris Dercon said: "As a former power station, Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is an ideal venue for Kraftwerk’s explorations of technology, energy and rhythm. Bringing together music, video and performance, these events will be true gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art." Eek!