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Kraftwerk returns to Berlin

The fact that Kraftwerk hasn't performed in Berlin in over a decade testifies to the band's global success. Now the electro-pop pioneers are back to launch a mammoth program: eight different concerts in eight days.

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Kraftwerk: Live at the museum

From January 6 to 13, the world-famous group is performing in Berlin's New National Gallery. "Der Katalog – 12345678," a 3D live show, marks Kraftwerk's first appearance in the capital city in 11 years.

The eight-concert series was already presented in Paris from November 6 to 14, 2014. After Berlin, the legendary band will take the show to Amsterdam. Last year the electro pioneers went on tour in Stockholm, Mexico City, Los Angeles, and several other North American cities.

Performing music from eight of their albums on eight consecutive evenings, "Der Katalog - 12345678" is a retrospective of the group from Dusseldorf. Reflecting their albums, the titles of the individual concerts have iconic status for their fans, beginning on January 6 with "Autobahn" and continuing with "Radio-Activity," "Trans Europe Express," "The Man Machine," "Computerworld," "Technopop," "The Mix" and concluding on January 13 with "Tour de France."

The performances will be the final events in Berlin’s New National Gallery before it closes for several years for renovation.

Founded in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk is considered a pioneer of electro-pop. The band’s trend-setting minimalistic arrangements and beats have been a source of inspiration for artists ranging from David Bowie, Depeche Mode and Alphaville to Rammstein. Synth-pop and even hip hop musicians cite Kraftwerk's influence as well.

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