When the world’s most famous bike race commences in Duesseldorf this summer, there will not only be many highlights on the side of the roads, but also a very special musical guest.
By personal invitation of the Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, who had personal contact with KRAFTWERK founder Ralf Hütter and by the doings of city mayor Thomas Geisel the Electro pioneers will play one of their legendary 3-D concerts on the 1st of July – the evening of the first stage.
In the breathtaking open air scenery of Ehrenhof next to the river Rhine KRAFTWERK will not only perform a best of set but also the album „Tour de France“ in it’s entirety.
Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen themselves are big cycling enthusiasts.
For the 100th anniversary of the Tour in 2003 the album Tour de France was produced. The album is a film script that takes the listener through the hills and valleys of the cycling circuit. From the chunky electro-funk of ‘Vitamin’ to the restless metallic shimmers of ‘Aero Dynamik’, this is emphatically the sound of 21st century techno visionaries.
By personal request of KRAFTWERK the band AIR will start off the evening. Since the 90s the Parisien duo has added moments of elegance to the „French Touch“ and delighted everyone with their atmospheric sounds.
With albums such as „Moon Safari“ Jean-Benoît Dunckel und Nicolas Godin had a big influence on the evolution of French electronic music.
KRAFTWERK: The Man Machine.
The Kraftwerk project was started in 1970. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age oft he 21st century. Their compositions, using innovative looping techniques and computerised rhythms, have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop.