Kraftwerk Co-Founder Unplugs From Group
Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider has left the seminal electronic band. The split happened in November of '08 (the official press release is dated January '09), after playing none of the concerts in their 2008 tour. It's typical of the band's mysterious and low-key ways that the news is so slow getting around. I guess that sometimes it just takes 40 years to decide you have artistic differences with the rest of your groundbreaking, genre defining band.
On tour, the 61 year old Schneider's role on stage has been taken by 30-something Stefan Pfaffe, one of the band's video technicians. I suppose that's a statement to how automated the band's music is, which was always one of their goals. Though it seems odd that they wouldn't just plug in Florian's robot instead - unless he took it with him when he cleaned out his desk.
Here, then, is a video tribute to the band done entirely with sausages. It's called Kraftwurst, of course.