Photos by G.
To say the Kraftwerk show (their second of 2 sold out nights) at the United Palace Theater in New York on April 2, 2014 was mind-blowing is taking the easy way out. The show took all of your senses on a journey for 2 solid hours and frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again. Here are 10 things I observed at the Kraftwerk show. As you look through these pictures, please note that the show was in 3-D, which pushed the boundaries out a little further on the definition of the word “epic.”
1. Mind-blowing visuals were not saved for the finale. The show got better and better with each new song. With a 20 song set list, my brain was so over-stimulated, I could barely even function once the show was over! Of course, I pulled it together eventually 😉
2. The United Palace Theater is absolutely stunning. It’s very ornate (more so than the Beacon Theatre), and though it’s located on 179th Street, the trek was completely worth it. Security would not let you find your own seat. They insisted they help you to your seat which caused a traffic jam of epic (and extremely annoying) proportions.
3. Ralf Hutter is the only original member of Kraftwerk that is still in the band.
4. Despite being one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen, SO MANY PEOPLE felt compelled to keep getting up during the show and walked back and forth thus obstructing the views of so many people who actually attended the show to WATCH IT! I swear, what is wrong with people?! Either they text too much, talk too much, or in this case walk around too much. What’s the point of going to a show if you aren’t going to be present?
5. The lone words Ralf uttered to the crowd were “Auf Wiedersehen.”
6. Even though some of their songs are 40 years old, they still sounded fresh and contemporary. Accept no other robot substitutes (read: Daft Punk)
7. Being in a room filled with nearly 4,000 people wearing 3-D glasses was super cool!
8. This show definitely goes down as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve seen thousands of bands.
9. Coldplay (on their song “Talk”) basically stole the music for “Computer Love” and 2 Live Crew (on their song “Dick Almighty”) took “The Man-Machine.” I hope they paid royalties! Hearing their music makes you realize what pioneers Kraftwerk are and how many musicians owe them a lot for being so forward thinking.
10. If Kraftwerk ever comes to your town, DO NOT MISS THE SHOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
And now, enjoy some more stunning photos from the show!
Great meeting you Ralf, and as I told you in person – thanks again for one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever attended! You are a god!
Stay tuned for a video of “The Man-Machine” (where you will see what I complained about in Observation #4).
The setlist was:
The Robots / Metropolis / Numbers – Computer World / It’s More Fun To Compute / Home Computer / Computer Love / The Man-Machine / Spacelab / The Model / Neon Lights / Autobahn / Prologue / Tour De France 1983 / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 1) / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 2) / Airwaves / News / Geiger Counter – Radioactivity/ Ohm Sweet Ohm / Trans-Europe Express – Metal On Metal – Abzug / Boing Boom Tschak – Techno Pop – Musique Non Stop
Encore: Aero Dynamic / Planet of Visions