Thurston Moore leading Can supergroup with drummer Jaki Liebezeit and vocalist Malcolm Mooney

German group Can are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their formation in 2017

German band Can will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next year and to mark the feat, London’s Barbican Centre will host a tribute concert series in April entitled ‘The Can Project.’

The series will feature Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a piece called ‘A homage to Can’, which “weaves together quotations and abstractions of some of the band’s most renowned pieces” according to a statement.

According to Spin, former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will be performing covers of classic Can material, alongside Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit and original vocalist Malcolm Mooney.

Can Thurston Moore

Can bassist Holger Czukay and classic-era vocalist Damo Suzuki are currently absent from the lineup. Guitarist Michael Karoli passed away in November 2001.

It has also been revealed that Faber & Faber will publish a new authorised biography about Can. It will be written by Rob Young of The Wire.

Earlier this year, Thurston Moore released a cassette single in support of Chelsea Manning.

‘Chelsea’s Kiss’ was released as an A-side of a Cassette Store Day single along with another song called ‘Sad Saturday.’

Partial proceeds went to the Chelsea Manning Support Network, and will be earmarked for the defense of former Pvt. Manning. The tape also comes with a double-sided J card with Free Chelsea Manning on the inside.