The fourth night of Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 shows attracts star-studded crowd
Kraftwerk last night (February 9) played the fourth date in their ongoing residency at London’s Tate Modern gallery, where the German electronic group performed their classic 1978 album ‘The Man-Machine’ in full.
Among those in attendance were TV physics expert Professor Brian Cox, who told NME that the album was the first he ever bought on vinyl – and one that fuelled an early obsession with electronic music. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker told NME he’d come down as “it feels like a bit of a happening,” but did joke that he wasn’t sure if the 3D glasses – supplied so audience members can watch the high-tech 3D visuals throughout the show – would fit over his own trademark spectacles. Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant and Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes were also present.
The show itself followed the format established over the first three nights, with the audience standing on the stepped floor of the cavernous Turbine Hall as Kraftwerk took to the stage.
The band performed the whole of ‘The Man-Machine’ (though not in the correct order) plus a selection of their best-loved tracks, including ‘Autobahn’ and a version of ‘Radioactivity’ updated with a Japanese verse relating to the Fukushima disaster. It’s a multi-lingual show throughout, with some songs, such as the lullaby-like ‘Neon Lights’ being performed half in English and half in German.
As ‘The Man-Machine’ is Kraftwerk’s most ‘pop’-friendly album, it made for a set top-loaded with some of the group’s best-loved songs, including ‘The Model’ – you can watch fan-shot footage of the group performing this track below – and ‘The Robots’. The group performed for two hours before individually taking their bows to rapturous applause at 12.30am.
‘The Man Machine’
‘It’s More Fun to Compute’
‘Tour de France 1983’
‘Tour de France 2003’
‘Boing Boom Tschak’
‘Musique Non Stop’
The band now take a day off before returning to complete the series of shows on Monday, when they perform 1981’s ‘Computer World’ in full. The run concludes on Thursday with a performance of 2003’s ‘Tour De France’.