R.I.P. Can Drummer Jaki Liebezeit

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 22, 2017

Veteran krautrock drummer Jaki Liebezeit, best known as a founder of the celebrated German band Can, has passed away. He was 78.

The news way announced today (January 22) on Can's Facebook page, where the band wrote, "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."

Although Can's lineup changed at various points, Liebezeit was a consistent member throughout the group's entire career, from their late-'60s formation through to their late-'70s breakup and their subsequent reunions. In addition to appearing on all of the band's albums, he played with Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Neu! member Michael Rother, and jazz trumpeter Manfred Schoof, among others.

Liebezeit had been due to reunite with his Can bandmates under the name the Can Project. The concert will take place on April 8 at London's Barbican Hall. The performance will also feature London Symphony Orchestra and Sonic Youth members Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley. There's no word on how Liebezeit's death will affect the performance.

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