And Then There Was Eins

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider has left the group, ending an almost 40-year partnership with co-founder Ralf Hüetter.

Schneider’s departure, which was announced Jan. 5 on the pioneering German band’s official fan site, leaves Kraftwerk with only one original member.

The site lists no reason for the split, but thanks Schneider for “incredible music and huge advances in music technology.”

Photo: John Davisson
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.

Schneider and Hüetter started Kraftwerk in 1970, shortly after leaving Düsseldorf Conservatory. The duo later added two additional members to create the band’s signature sound and redefine the electronic music landscape with hits like “Autobahn,” “The Robots,” “Tour de France” and “Musique Non-Stop.”

Hüetter and the remaining members of Kraftwerk will join Radiohead for a Latin American trek that kicks off with a pair of shows March 15-16 at Foro Sol in Mexico City.