Drummer Jaki Liebezeit succumbed to pneumonia. The founding member of Krautrock pioneers Can invented the "Motorik beat", a distinctive style that made him a household new name in post-punk and post-rock circles. He started out as a free jazz player, before he became involved with the nascent German avant-garde underground in the late Sixties, a musical movement that spawned essential bands like Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk.
After Can disbanded, he collaborated with Depeche Mode, Brian Eno, and Jah Wobble. His work with Drums of Chaos should be part of the education of every serious percussionist.
A lot of people were looking forward to a partial Can reunion concert London’s Barbican Hall on April 8. Too bad that this show with Irmin Schmidt and Malcolm Mooney will now have to go on without him:
The Barbican is saddened by the news of legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit’s death and our sympathies are with Jaki’s family and the Can team. The Can Project concert in the Barbican Hall planned for 8 April will go ahead, with further line-up details to be communicated in due course.