(By our Norwegian correspondent Jan Ronald Stange) In August we posted a story about an upcoming evening of Kraftwerk and Apoptygma Berzerk, and this actually turned out even better than imagined! Not only was the event in Fredrikstad a huge success, but the whole concept also expanded to the other side of the Oslofjord the night before, in the city of Drammen, headlined by x-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür.
Torgrim Eggen: “The magazine I was working for had sent in an interview request related to the Kraftwerk concert in Oslo, but had low expectations for success, even for a reply. At the time I had a land-line telephone with an answering machine, and the message I’d recorded was of course a snippet of Kraftwerk’s ‘The Telephone Call’. Then one day I came home and heard a rather special message: “Hello? This is Ralf Hütter from Kraftwerk… [long pause] …on the telephone”! After the concert I ended up at a disco with Ralf and Florian, who actually danced like… robots. “
Finally Wolfgang Flür entered the stage, doing a DJ set with a big backdrop showing videos and stills from his long career as a “Musik soldat”. And by the choice of music and how he moved about on stage, no one would suspect that this was a 68 year old man – quite impressive!
STP: “…we were actually a bit nervous, after the sound check I had to go home and do some soldering to fix a few technical problems.”
We’ll end the wrap-up of this great weekend of Kraftwerk hoping there’ll be more events like this!