Florian Schneider 8/5/20
Just days after music lost The Stranglers Dave Greenfield to Covid-19, another keyboard legend has passed away, namely Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider of cancer at the age of 73. Memories of hearing 'Autobahn' (Video Of The Day) for the first time in 1974 in a banged up VW Beetle on the shores of Lake Maggiore, with some newly acquainted German friends, come flooding back. Suffice to say that the German electronic music pioneer formed one of most influential groups of all time with Ralf Hutter in 1970, and changed music forever - Hip-Hop, Synthpop and Rock all owe a debt to him. The double whammy of course is that Covid-19 also prevented the Man Machine performing their trademark multi-media show, combining digital surround sound with breathtaking 3D animations and robotics, at Victoria Park's All Points East at the end of this month.