Can Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Thurston Moore Groups & Two Live Shows
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:17:17
Legendary Krautrockers Can have reunited for a couple of live projects — The Can Project — along with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, with My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe also featuring.
Can founding member Irmin Schmidt and original vocalist Malcolm Mooney have got back together for at least two shows. The first was on Saturday night at the Barbican Hall in London where there were joined by Moore, Shelley and Googe, who collectively play together as the Thurston Moore Group. Jaki Liebezeit was originally part of the reunion plans, but he sadly died in January of this year.
The show featured a setlist of Can's classic material, and was reported as being as dynamic and vital as any show they've ever played — with the additional music-geek dimension of their star collaborators. The concert also saw Schmidt conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a piece called An homage to Can, which weaved together "quotations and abstractions of some of the band's most renowned pieces."
There are hopes for further performances from the band — and a performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival is scheduled, but for those fans seeking more Can action, Mute Records will be releasing Can — The Singles on June 16th. This is the first ever compilation of Can music, and will include their most loved songs, "Halleluwah," "Vitamin C" and "I Want More" as well as more obscure singles such as "Silent Night" and "Turtles Have Short Legs."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff