Friday, March 22, 2013

40 Year Itch: Can Performs at the Bataclan


We didn’t like to create music like everybody else. We’re anarchists.
    Damo Suzuki

 On March 22, 1973 the classic Can lineup performs at the Paris club Bataclan, which is still home to concerts, spectacles and soirees. Bassist Holger Czukay and drummer Jaki Leibezeit found a replacement for original vocalist Malcolm Mooney in a Japanese street musician named Damo Suzuki.
The footage below begins in the middle of "Sing Swan Song" from 1972's Ege Bamyasi. It is a mesmerizing performance with Michael Karoli taking a long solo on guitar. About 5 minutes in there's a shift. And keyboardist Irmin Schmidt stands up to play. Then it's a barrage of improvised noise and feedback. The show is over.

After the release of  and the Edinburgh International Festival in August of 1973, 23 year old Damo Suzuki moves back to Japan to be a Jehovah's Witness.

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