The Return of Kraftwerk

Fresh off last fall’s release of Tour de France Soundtracks, their first album in more than 15 years, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have posted dates for a world tour.

The trek is set to begin February 6 in Helsinki, Finland. After a week of Scandinavian dates, they’ll jump to Japan for eight shows, five of them in Tokyo. Then it’s back to Europe, where they’ll make the rounds until mid-April, when they cross the Atlantic for some North American exposure.

According to the current itinerary, Canada and the United States get two shows each, but don’t be surprised if more dates are forthcoming.

The story of their latest album actually began about 20 years ago. The single “Tour de France” was released in 1983 and was originally slated to appear on the Techno Pop album. However, due to a variety of complications, that album never made it to stores. An updated version of the original single appears on the Astralwerks release of Tour de France Soundtracks, along with a bevy of new compositions.


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