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Kraftwerk will hit the autobahn for 2020 North American 3-D concert tour

Kraftwerk, shown above at a Disney Hall concert in Los Angeles, will tour North America this summer.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The pioneering German electronic group’s music has influenced everyone from David Bowie and Kanye West to Coldplay and Daft Punk

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German electronic music group that this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, has announced a 27-city North American tour this summer that will have a strong multimedia focus.

The 3-D concert trek opens July 19 at Seattle’s Moore Theatre and concludes with an Aug. 1 performance at Montreal’s Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.

It will feature three California dates, including a June 25 show at San Diego’s Balboa Theatre that will be preceded by stops on June 23 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and June 24 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

All tour dates and cities appear below, along with ticket information.

Founded in 1`970 in the German city of Düsseldorf, Kraftwerk was the brainchild of Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider.

They worked in relative obscurity until their 1974 album and its title track, “Autobahn” (German for freeway), became international hits. Kraftwerk’s music helped lay the foundation for house, synth-pop, hip-hop, electro-pop, techno, dub-step and more.

“We are the link between the 1920s and 1980s,” Hütter said in 1979. “All change in society passes through a sympathetic collaboration with tape recorders, synthesisers and telephones. Our reality is an electronic reality.”

Meticulously constructed, Kraftwerk’s synthesizer- and computer-fueled music influenced everyone from David Bowie and Kanye West to Depeche Mode and Daft Punk. Jay-Z and New Order are among the many artists who have sampled Kraftwerk’s music for their own recordings, while the 2005 Coldplay song “Talk” was based on a motif from the German group’s 1981 song “Computer World.”

Schneider left Kraftwerk in 2009. He and Hütter received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2014, a year after first appearing on the ballot for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (The group has been nominated multiple times since then, but has yet to gain enough votes for induction.)

The current edition of Kraftwerk features Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen and Henning Schmitz.

Tickets for Kraftwerk’s 2020 3-D North American tour go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10 a.m. local time at ticketmaster.com and other ticket agencies. A pre-sale for American Express members begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time and concludes Thursday at 9 a.m. local time.

Ticket prices for the San Diego concert range from $59.50 to $99.50, plus service charges.

Kraftwerk 2020 3-D tour dates

Friday, June 19: Seattle, Moore Theatre

Saturday, June 20: Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Sunday, June 21: Portland, Keller Auditorium

Tuesday, June 23: San Francisco, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Wednesday, June 24: Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium

Thursday, June 25: San Diego, Balboa Theatre

Saturday, June 27, Salt Lake City, The Union

Monday, June 29: Morrison, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 1: Austin, ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Thursday, July 2: Dallas, Bomb Factory

Sunday, July 5: New Orleans, Orpheum Theater

Tuesday, July 7: Miami, James L. Knight Center

Wednesday, July 8: Orlando, Dr. Phillips Center

Thursday, July 9: Atlanta, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Saturday, July 11: Washington, D.C., The Anthem

Saturday July 18 New York, Radio City Music Hall

Monday, July 20: Columbus, Palace Theatre

Tuesday July 21: Chicago, Aragon Ballroom

Wednesday July 22: Minneapolis, The Armory

Friday, July 24: Nashville, Ryman Auditorium

Saturday, July 25: Memphis, Crosstown Theater

Sunday, July 26: Saint Louis, The Pageant

Monday, July 27: Detroit, Masonic Temple Theatre

Tuesday July 28: Toronto, Meridian Hall

Thursday, July 30: Philadelphia, The Met

Friday, July 31: Boston, Boch Center Wang Theatre

Saturday, Aug. 1: Montréal, Quebec, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival


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