Kraftwerk Night Two

OMG…Oh my god. I have never heard a band work the 930 Club sound system so perfectly before in all my years of concert-going there. If nightclubs have sweet-spots then in the time between Monday’s show and tonight’s Kraftwerk have found the 930 Club’s.

While last night’s sold-out show was amazing, tonight’s was a thousand times better and thanks to my wonderful wife I got to see them both.

To compare the two shows, last night’s was wonderfully mechanical while tonight’s was a lot more…human? Perhaps organic is the better word choice, altho I feel weird calling Kraftwerk organic.

The band and the 930 Sound crew really tapped in to the full potential of the Club’s system creating an incredibly loud yet perfectly crisp and deep well of sound. A soundscape which sent classics like “Radioactivity” and “Trans-Europe Express” into the stratosphere. The industrial trains colliding jam in the middle of “TEE” followed by the discordant keyboard symphony sounded brilliant tonight. Meanwhile the radio sound effect in “Radioactivity” was so peircing you could feel the center of your brain throbbing along with its eeire beat.

The crowd was much more fun tonight as well – either because they were a younger crowd or maybe because they were reacting to the amped up sound that Monday night’s show lacked. I feel almost silly saying there was anything lacking at last night’s show because it was so damn good. However tonight’s re-rigged sound really put this show over the top.

Yet again “Home Computer” makes my high-point of the show list. Where it sounded beautiful last night, tonight it was a powerhouse that got the whole crowd moving.

The same can’t be said for “Neon Lights” which was the weak song tonight. Weak because somewhere in the beginning there was a missed cue and the pace of the song got a tad jumbled. But then it is that human error of the Man-Machines that also added to tonight’s show beeing the bees knees.

It seemed that Kraftwerk were jamming more tonight, mixing the songs up a little more. While the set-list was identical to last night’s, it felt like the band were having more fun tonight – comfortable in the Club and tossing little sound effects and beat spoilers at each other to see who could keep up. Bloody brilliant to hear really, especially on sound system as sweet as DC’s own 930 Club.

10 Comments so far

  1. randy (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    HI! – going to N YC tonight – Tix sez doors at 6 30 PM – what time from doors do they go on ? I’m taking twin neices and we have 90 min. ride each way – woried about getting home time (trains, work, school, etc. ) hope you can answer me in the next 3 hopurs or so. it is noon now in trenton NJ

  2. chris lynn (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 11:52 am

    Michael, it was a fantastic show, I agree. Looking forward to the double live disc. Cheers, Chris

  3. darpino (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 1:47 pm

    Randy – Doors here were at 7:30 and they went on at 9:00 sharp. The played for just about 2 1/2 hours. They will be absolutely amazing at the Hammerstien Ballroom, that’s such a great venue – saw Underworld there a few years back. Have fun!

  4. Greta (unregistered) on June 1st, 2005 @ 3:34 pm

    The website for the Hammerstein Ballroom says

    Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 8:00 PM

    doors 6:30…and they will be PROMPT.

  5. quigley (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    I was at Tuesday’s show and was surprised how small the 9:30 Club is….200 people were there? That’s all the fans there were in DC? What exactly was being played live by Kraftwerk? Only one had a microphone (Ralf?).

  6. darpino (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2005 @ 12:27 pm

    What club were you at dude? 930 Club has a capacity of 1200 and it was 85-90% full on Tuesday. On Monday it was completely sold-out and totally full. Small? Would you prefer to see them from the lawn of some Amphitheater?

    As to not playing live – you are right – it was a total Milli Vanilli. What a waste.

  7. quigley (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2005 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m glad it was small. I was right up to the stage and got some decent photos. There’s no way that place can hold 1200 people.

  8. darpino (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2005 @ 5:52 pm

    I’d love to see yr pics. Can you post them somewhere?

  9. quigley (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2005 @ 8:07 am
  10. mike (unregistered) on June 11th, 2005 @ 4:03 am

    Dude, milli-vanilli they are not. what the f is wrong with you?

    first, they totally rock hard. and if you were watching carefully, you would have picked up on who was playing most everything.

    sorry it wasnt a def leopard concert where the pyrotechics cues you as to who’s playing and who’s on fire. sheesh.

    it’s kraftwerk, and there’s some mystery. just accept it.


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