Can to reunite for 50th anniversary show

The German pioneers will be joined by a raft of special guests.

Members of Can are set to reunite for a special 50th anniversary show at London’s Barbican Hall next April.

Performing as The Can Project, the band’s founding member Irmin Schmidt will be joined by original vocalist Malcolm Mooney – who appeared on three of the group’s studio albums – and founding drummer Jaki Liebezeit. The London Symphony Orchestra and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley are among the guests already confirmed.

For the first part of the concert, Schmidt will conduct the LSO for an orchestral reinterpretation of classic Can material, titled An Homage to Can. The piece was co-written with instrumentalist Gregor Schwellenbach and weaves together quotations and abstractions of some of Can’s most renowned songs. Schmidt will also premiere the concert version of his ballet La Fermosa.

After an extended interval screening of Can’s 1972 performance at Cologne Sporthalle, the second part of the performance will feature a supergroup that includes Liebezeit, Moore, and Shelley, with more special guests to be announced. The show takes place April 8 2017 – pick up tickets from the Barbican website.

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