06/04/2005: And just in time for tonight's show....
The Chicago Sun-Times's pop music critic interviews Kraftwerk.
While the guitar-centric Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has yet to recognize their contributions, though they've been eligible for several years now, many fans hold Kraftwerk in as high regard as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones or any of rock's icons.I was there. I agree 1000%.
Founding members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, the so-called "Beach Boys of Dusseldorf," were to the development of synthesizers and electronic music what Chuck Berry was to the guitar and rock 'n' roll -- the pioneering force in the sound's development, as well as the creators of a hugely influential canon of work, with classic albums such as "Autobahn" (1974), "Trans-Europe Express" (1977) and "The Man-Machine" (1978).
Kraftwerk hasn't played in Chicago since 1998, when the group packed up its famous Kling Klang Studio and reconstructed it onstage at the Riviera Theatre for one of the most incredible concerts I've ever witnessed.
Len on 06.04.05 @ 01:13 PM CST