Astralwerks is thrilled to announce the release of Kraftwerk's first-ever official live recording, entitled Minimum Maximum, on June 7th, as well as a series of live dates. Kraftwerk is considered one of the most influential bands in pop history. In a career spanning more than 35 years, the German electro pioneers have been endlessly saluted and mimicked by each new generation of innovators. In the 1970s, the post-punk futurists professed their devotion. In the 1980s & 90s, the leading lights of Chicago house along with Detroit and Euro-techno paid homage. Possibly the most sampled band on the planet, their music continues to inspire.
Over the last decade, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz have toured the world, and in 2003, as rare and splendid as a returning comet in the night sky, Kraftwerk released Tour De France Soundtracks. Now in 2005, having already electrified the band's global army of disciples and following an unforgettable appearance at Coachella 2004, Kraftwerk are returning to perform a short series of shows in DC, New York, Detroit, Chicago and LA, their first since 1998. Astralwerks will release a 2-CD live set entitled Minimum-Maximum on June 7th containing 22 tracks recorded throughout Europe, Japan and the US during the band's 2004 world tour. Recorded and mixed with Kraftwerk's legendary precision, Minimum-Maximum features all of the band's classic compositions alongside their most recent 2004 Billboard Club chart hit "Aerodynamik".
5/30 Washington, DC 9.30 Club
5/31 Washington, DC 9.30 Club
6/01 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
6/03 Detroit, MI State Theatre
6/04 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
6/06 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre