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Kraftwerk takes fans on retro-futuristic 3-D ride

The staff handing out 3-D eyeglasses have been a very clear sign that we ended up in for a really different type of concert on Wednesday night (July 6) at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Extremely unique, that is, for any band not named Kraftwerk, the pioneering German digital new music troupe that has been embracing 3-D technologies for quite a few years.

The Düsseldorf-born act — which presently consists of founding member Ralf Hütter as effectively as Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen — initially wowed Bay Spot lovers with its 3-D tour for the duration of a few nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland in 2014.

And it would do so again throughout its remarkably expected return trip to the Bay Spot, taking part in additional than two dozen tunes and offering some eye-popping visuals in its two-hour show on Wednesday.

The band customers looked like characters from the film “Tron” as they walked out on to the phase in jumpsuits decorated with glowing LED strips and took their sites at their keyboard stands/podiums, where by they would stay in essence motionless — apart from for shifting their hands and arms to perform to the hello-tech machinery — for most of the night time.

Kraftwerk kicked off the display with 5 straight quantities from “Computer Environment,” the excellent 1981 strategy album that looks very prophetic some 40 yrs down the road in the ways it addresses the soaring worth of engineering in the entire world.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06: Kraftwerk members Ralf Hutter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen, from left, perform at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JULY 06: Kraftwerk associates Ralf Hutter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen, from left, execute at the Monthly bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Region News Team) 

The audio sounded wildly futuristic, even although some of it experienced been originally recorded approximately a fifty percent century previously, underscoring as soon as once again that Kraftwerk has to rank between the most-ahead-imagining functions of all time.

The historic context is necessary to appropriately appraise Kraftwerk’s just about unparalleled influence on the pop audio planet. It’s difficult to consider what synth-pop, techno and club music may seem like currently devoid of these Rock and Roll Corridor of Famers — if, without a doubt, all those genres would even exist.

The band’s impact on dance pop, hip-hop, publish-punk and other designs has also been monumental, as artists and producers keep on to switch to Kraftwerk’s a long time-previous recordings for inspiration and, in some situations, precise grooves.