Kraftwerk – Tour de Vancouver

Kraftwerk Tour De FranceSo, I finally had the pleasure to witness the icons and pioneers of electronic music showcase their “Kraft” at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver, BC.

It was quite an experience to get entranced by the sequences of symphonies, rhythms and beats produced by four almost static, emotionless stick-like figures.  The set consisting of a single stretched performance of over two hours included a two-song encore and delivered everything one could have expected and would have come to relish.  The tracks kicked off quite fittingly with “The Robots” and included all the usual suspects including a refreshed version of “The Man-Machine” from their latest album “Man-Machine-Technology”; a chilling version of “Neon Lights” that concluded with an absolutely engrossing groove;  beat-thumping versions of “Radio-Activity”,”Boing Boom Tschak” and “Computer Love”; of course “The Model” and “Tour De France” during which I was lucky enough to time this somewhat unique snapshot of the banner graphic.

Intentional or unintentional, the simplified graphics on the backdrop screen and the 80’s reminiscent cardboard 3D glasses make the whole experience even more complete and compelling.

This no doubt will turn out to be the highlight of my summer concert-going experience for 2014.

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