On 8 April 2017 Can founding member Irmin Schmidt premiered an orchestral reinterpretation of classic Can material alongside new work with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London, before an all-star band of former Can members and long-time admirers paid tribute to their pioneering music.
The show was preceded by a Q&A with Rob Young, author of a new book devoted to Can, published by Faber & Faber – one-part biography, one part memoir by Schmidt himself.
After the show a DJ set by The Kosmische Club took place: set up back in 1996 in a bid to introduce London to Krautrock, the club now hosts nights across the UK and Europe bringing Krautrock to the masses.
The line-up for the Can supergroup was:
Pat Thomas, Deb Googe, Valentina Magaletti, Malcolm Mooney, Thurston Moore, Tom Relleen, James Sedwards, Steve Shelley