The band’s influence, however, extends far beyond what their record sales and chart achievements would suggest. Can is revered as a pioneer of the so-called "Krautrock" movement, which blended rock, electronic and world music to create a sound and sonic style whose impact was felt for many years to come.
Liebezeit worked with Manfred Schoof’s free jazz outfits prior to the creation of Can in Cologne in the late ’60s, and enjoyed a long career behind the kit and on percussion working with the likes of Jah Wobble, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode and Phantomband, and forming such acts as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos.
And he worked right until the end. Liebezeit last year released the collaborative album with Robert Coyne, I Still Have This Dream, through Meyer Records and he was due to perform with his Can bandmates Irmin Schmidt, Malcolm Mooney and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore for an April 8 show at London’s Barbican dubbed The Can Project.