January 6, 2009 0:54

Kraftwerk co-founder quits band

Florian Schneider leaves after 40 years

Kraftwerk co-founder quits band
Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has announced that he has quit the band.

Schneider, one of just two remaining original members, has announced the end of his 40-year partnership with co-founder Ralf Hütter. The pioneering German electronic band revealed the news on their website today (January 5).

No reason for the departure was given, but it is likely that Schneider will now focus on solo projects.

The band originally started off as a two-piece in the early '70s, but expanded to four members over the years. They have been actively touring in recent years, playing major festivals such as California's Coachella event in 2008.

Kraftwerk are still scheduled to join Radiohead on their upcoming tour of Central and South America, beginning in March 2009.

The tour dates are:

Mexico City, Mexico Foro Sol (March 15, 16)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Praca Da Apoteose (20)
São Paulo, Brazil Chácara Do Jockey (22)
Buenos Aires, Argentina Club Ciudad (24)
Santiago, Chile San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium (26, 27)

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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