Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore to Take Part in Can 50th Anniversary Concert
In 2017, the legendary German experimental rock band Can will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore will help lead a tribute to the band in a group featuring some of its past and current members.
As Spin reports, the concert, dubbed the Can Project, will take place on April 8, 2017 at the Barbican Centre in London. Moore will be part of a band that includes Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit and original singer Malcom Mooney performing their songs. In addition, keyboardist Irmin Schmidt will lead the London Symphony Orchestra in “An Homage to Can,” a composition that the Barbican’s site says, “weaves together quotations and abstractions of some of the band’s most renowned pieces.” The evening will also include a screening of Can’s 1972 concert at the Cologne Sporthalle.
Prior to the performances, there will be a Q&A session with Rob Young, a writer for The Wire magazine. Young recently contributed to an upcoming two-volume book about the band. The first part is an authorized biography that he wrote, while the second volume is a “collage of thoughts, visuals and interviews written and collated by Irmin Schmidt and former Electronic Beats Editor Max Dax.” The book will be published by Faber & Faber.
Moore has maintained a relatively low profile recently. However, his ex-wife and former bandmate in Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon, has been rather active. She formed a duo with Alex Knost of Tomorrow’s Tulips called Glitterbust, which released a self-titled album back in March, and put out a solo single called “Murdered Out.” Last month, another duo of which she’s a part, Body/Head, gave us No Waves, a live record that was recorded in Knoxville, Tenn., in 2014.
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