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Can at Musikhalle Hamburg concert poster

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Feb 11th, 2024. Artwork published in .
Can at Musikhalle Hamburg concert poster
Source: www.popdom.de Popdom. License: All Rights Reserved.

Manuscript Capitals in use with overlayered glyphs and repurposed swash bits, partly masked by photography, for the poster of a Can concert in Hamburg.

We’ve seen designer Günther Kieser employ the same typeface with similar techniques before, in a poster for Tina Turner’s concert at the same location in November 1973, just a few weeks after Can. “Concert 14.10.” is in another Letraset face, the then freshly released Cut-In Bold.

In August 1973, Can brought out their album Future Days. In October, they embarked on a Germany Tour, with Hamburg as the final stop. The poster depicts the five members, Irmin Schmidt, Michael Karoli, Damo Suzuki, Holger Czukay, and Jaki Liebezeit. Japanese vocalist Suzuki left the band around this time. According to all-blues.de, it’s still subject of discussion when exactly this happened. The fan site states that the Hamburg concert took place at Ernst-Merck-Halle (not at Musikhalle as announced on the poster). The comments to Bootleg Archive’s recording suggest it was the last Can show featuring Suzuki.

Damo Suzuki ダモ鈴木 died on 9 February 2024, at the age of 74. RIP.

The shown copy of the poster by Popdom is signed by Irmin Schmidt, now the last surviving member of the band’s classic lineup.

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2 Comments on “Can at Musikhalle Hamburg concert poster”

  1. A related poster was issued for the show at Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich on October 2, 1973, featuring Can and the local Amon Düül II.

    Photo: ok (edited)

  2. If you dig the Munich poster w/ Can and Amon Düül II co-headlining – there is somebody selling some nice looking reprints here: Reiffenvatter Repress – Can Munich 1973

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