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Kraftwerk – My Best Ever Gig

A personal story of my favourite gig – a sort of celebration of the life of Florian Schneider, who has sadly died from cancer – from a particular time and a particular place

As we are faced with the terrible news of the death of Florian Schneider (73), co-founder of the electronic combo, Kraftwerk, I just wanted to reshare this video (made a little while ago now) which will, despite the darkness of the news, hopefully celebrate the artistry of the man, inject a little bit of light and possibly a few smiles and, who knows, pleasant memories of your own from the life and times of one of the most important bands in modern musical history.

To see the video, click below…

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    Nigel Greenall
    6th May 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Paul, I was there at that gig. Funnily/sadly I was reflecting upon it, after today’s news. If my memory is correct it was the studio that was put on the stage hence the difficulty they encountered. Best gig for me? The Smiths, October 1983 Liverpool Haigh, remember that building? All before they really broke big time. I still remember Hand in Glove, it felt like I had been waiting a 1,000 years for that song. They were sublime. Mate said they were the next Beatles, I believe that he was right. Cheers.

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      Paul Rigby
      7th May 2020 at 10:19 am

      Thanks for your memories, Nigel and the insight, never knew about the studio thing. Ahh, missed that Smiths tour. I was due to see them around that time – not sure of the venue now, I wonder if it was the Haigh then? – because I was desperate to hear a live version of How Soon is Now? 🙂

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    Mark Vaughan
    7th May 2020 at 10:37 am

    Hi there, my first gig was Kraftwerk 1975 in Croydon as a callow schoolboy. Autobahn had just been a hit and I had the album and saw that they were playing in the next town to where I lived…baptism by fire! No idea what to expect and it was loud but I saw them every tour thereafter up to 85/86. Best gig though was ‘Le Mystere de Voix Bulgare’ though-absolutely gorgeous, bought a tear to my eye.

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      Paul Rigby
      7th May 2020 at 11:59 am

      Well you win the prize the first person I’ve talked to see them so early in the 70s, Mark. Impressive!

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    Tor G
    9th May 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Peter Gabriel 1987 at a long gone outdoor venue touring the so album. The day was marred With delays and bad sound ( co headliner Little Steven sucked). Then the daylight faded and Gabriel came on stage to perfect sound and stage lighting and pure magic followed. Chiken skin Music.

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      Paul Rigby
      10th May 2020 at 9:33 am

      Excellent stuff! Thanks for sharing your memories.

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