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Kraftwerk Live 2004- Turning Japanese-

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, December 6, 2003
Electro-pioneers/ bonkers Teutonic robot fetishists Kraftwerk have announced details of an extensive worldwide tour next year, which includes no less than 8 dates in Japan (compared to six in Germany and just 3 in the UK.

The enigmatic Germans continue to provoke intrigue and mystery over 30 years since they formed, communicating minimally with the media throughout their career, though their reticence has sometimes caused problems.

"It has been suggested occasionally that Kraftwerk's concentration on machines reflects Nazi or otherwise fascist views, (though) there is no evidence to support such speculation," one of their best fansites,, points out.

"Regrettably this has not stopped some of the less intelligent journalists over the years from concluding that an interest in technology coupled with being German equates to Nazism"

All the shows are certain to sell out so anyone hoping to catch them should move fast.

Fri. 6 Finland Helsinki Old Ice Hall
Sun.8 Sweden Stockholm Cirkus
Mon.9 Sweden Stockholm Cirkus
Tues.10 Sweden Stockholm Cirkus
Thurs.12 Norway Oslo Rockerfella
Fri. 13 Norway Oslo Rockerfella
Sat. 14 Denmark Copenhagen KB Hall
Sun.15 Denmark Copenhagen KB Hall
Tues.24 Japan Osaka Namba Hatch
Weds.25 Japan Osaka Namba Hatch
Thurs.26 Japan Nagoya, Kinro Kaikan
Sat.28 Japan Tokyo Zepp
Sun.29 Japan Tokyo Zepp

MARCH 2004:
Tues.02 Japan Tokyo Shibuya Ax
Weds.03 Japan Tokyo Shibuya Ax
Thurs.04 Japan Tokyo Shibuya Ax
Mon.15 Ireland Dublin Olympia
Tues.16 UK Glasgow Academy
Weds.17 UK Manchester Apollo
Thurs.18 UK London R.F.H
Mon.22 France Paris Grand Rex
Tues.23 Belgium Brussels Acienne Belgique
Thurs.25 Germany Berlin Tempodrom
Sat.27 Germany Cologne Palladium
Sun.28 Germany Hamburg CCH3
Mon.29 Holland Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Weds.31 Spain Barcelona Razzamataz

APRIL 2004:
Thurs.1 Spain Madrid la Riviera
Fri.2 Portugal Lisbon Coliseum
Mon.5 Germany Munich Muffathalle
Tues.6 Germany Munich Muffathalle
Weds.7 Germany Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle

Photo: Peter Boettcher