There are butterflies and butterflies. Kraftwerk have tremendous wings, without which, the current musical scene would differ considerably.
Most likely, I belong to the last generation who will come to know Kraftwerk naturally. Last Saturday, at Paradiso Amsterdam, I was one of the youngest (32); only surpassed by few sons and daughters that were proudly accompanied by their "fanatic" fathers.
I must confess that my motivation to attend Kraftwerk's concert was more related to historical reasons than musical. Such "historical weight" was felt during the concert and unleashed chills down one's spine.
What else was remarkable at Kraftwerk's concert was the realization that music is one of the most time-enduring bonds between people. All around, one could see decades-long friendships reunited for celebration. And they made me wonder, in times of exodus, whether our friendships will also come together, one day, for acknowledging our bonds.
The music itself was faithful to the albums - not the right timing for variations although Fukushima was already incorporated in Radioactivity (nice touch). Nevertheless, innovation was ever present with the crowd wearing 3D glasses during the entire show and with the encore song ("The Robots") being interpreted by faithful robot copies of all 4 members. The vocals, as usual, were live by Ralf Hütter. And although it was announced that the band would perform one album per day during a week residency, we were gifted with almost all of Kraftwerk's most memorable songs (30 in total!!).
One can only thank Kraftwerk - current and previous members - not only for their music but for many of the musicians we are fond of today. Tremendous wings indeed!