Former Kraftwerk member performs rare concert

Posted On 09 Apr 2019 at 11:34 pm

Michael Rother (left) live Under The Bridge, London 05.09.19 (pic Guy Ramone)


Kraftwerk and NEU! affiliate Michael Rother is a bit of a hero and he was back in London on Friday night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his groove fest second solo recordSterntaler’.

Michael Rother live Under The Bridge, London 05.09.19 (pics Guy Ramone)

A member of Kraftwerk in 1971, Rother went on to form NEU! (with Klaus Dinger) and Harmonia (with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster) before releasing nine solo albums. A key figure of the innovative krautrock music scene that originated from Germany in the early 1970’s, Rother’s music has been inspirational for generations of musicians including David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, DEVO, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, U2, Autechre, Radiohead, Primal Scream, John Frusciante and many more.

Mazz and I hot footed it down to Under The Bridge (literally under Stamford Bridge!) to take another look at the genius that is Michael Rother.

Thurston Moore (Ex Sonic Youth) was supporting. Thurston played a pleasant solo guitar song for the entire set, nicely warming up the assembled masses for the real thing…

Michael Rother’s ‘Sterntaler’ album

‘Sterntaler’ was the guitarist’s second and possibly best solo album. Joined on both of the records by Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit and co-produced by Rother and audio mister Conny Plank, it’s a purely instrumental album of songs, one of the most vibe filled electric records ever made, this album is timeless, groovy …

Tonight, Michael was aided and abetted by his usual side kicks Hans Lampe (drums) and Franz Bargmann (guitar).

Michael Rother live Under The Bridge, London 05.09.19

And what an evening it was…Mazz and I stealthily manoeuvred our way to the front ready for the show to start…as it does guitar melodies are introduced-some light as well as a recurring dense fuzz, all reigned in by the steady drumming of Lampe and supporting guitar of Bargmann.

…“Sonnenrad-fantastic!!!,’Blauer Regen’ ,’Stromlinien’, ‘Sterntaler’, ‘Fontana di Luna,’ all follow, with the very appreciative crowd all getting increasingly into the groove…how can you follow these songs…well, with a quick dose of NEU’s ‘Negativland’ (with Thurston) of course!

Michael Rother live Under The Bridge, London 05.09.19

As we poured out into the night, I for one was thinking about popping up to Glasgow for the gig later in the year.

For more information on Michael Rother click HERE.

Gig flyer

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