Ramstein concerts are theater performances for all senses. This musicians are celebrated at the match that is played on the field at the Olympic Stadium. The Berlin band has created something for blind audiences.
A Rammstein concert can also be felt. The music at the Berlin Olympic Stadium is so loud that the bass makes the old building vibrate. Visually, there’s always something to discover for the 66,000 fans during a concert that ran out completely for two hours between spectacle of light and pillars of fire. The popular band offers exclusive access to fans who can’t see them or can only see them in a very limited range. Before the show, guitarist Paul Landers (57) leads five of them through the world of theater full of special effects.
“I’m Paul, guitar, left,” Landers introduces himself, pointing to the instrument and its location on the stage, while guitarist Oliver Riddell (51) strolls next to him. Landers describe what others cannot or can barely see.
The huge theater, along with other show components, occupies the space of 80 trucks. For the trip across Europe and North America, Rammstein needs two copies of it. While the group plays in Berlin, the opposite team is formed in Stuttgart.
Special Procedures for the Blind
Participating in the expedition is Oliver Bormann, who has been listening to Rammstein music for years. “I haven’t been able to sleep for a week,” says the 44-year-old, describing the time since the band invited the blind and visually impaired via social networks to actually stage. Markus Schlack, who traveled from Bielefeld, also feels for the massive steel support, which Landers uses to explain the structure: “The stage should hold up today, we don’t care about tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Jasmin Wenz is embracing the huge hoses of the fog effect so she can better understand their dimensions. It’s already the third Rammstein concert for the 44-year-old artist, this time with a sexy foreplay on stage. Questions continue about parts of the show such as the fire or fireworks from the set. “We erased everything on the effects rack,” says the guitarist.
In the flat bottom stage area, some have to bow their heads. Above are the drums of drummer Christoph Schneider (56). “It’s not very high under the podium,” Landers explains. “Schneider says he doesn’t want to sit at the Brandenburg Gate.”
Berliner Kerstin Saeger now has the smallest of three flamethrowers in her groping hands. Singer Teil Lindemann (59) tries to “cook” keyboard player Christian “Flick” Lorenz (55) with “Mein Teil”. The focus is now on the fire-fighting ship that Lorenz is on. “Have you all touched the cauldron?” Landers asks. Apparently Stephen Kunert does. The 69-year-old, who tasted Rammstein through his daughter, rubs some of the soot on his face with his hand.
Soon, a few hands were put on the adorable aluminum of the massive stroller, which would later blaze with the song “Puppe.” The stage is waiting. “Please don’t wave, we’ll do that later at the concert,” Landers said, stepping on the moving ramp. The set touches the stage floor grid, and the material is otherwise used on oil rigs. “It’s a very rough feeling,” says Jasmine Wiens, describing her impressions. “You can’t fall, otherwise it will definitely hurt.” Only landing can confirm this.
The group has 22 songs on the set list for their home game
Ann-Kathrin Haase sums up her impressions of the stage with the very long “Yeeaaaah.” The 27-year-old came to the concert with her brother from Vogtland. Like the others in the group, in addition to the size, you will find the sheer warmth of the fire effects particularly intense during the performance.
Social commitment is not uncommon for musicians, who are particularly cruel with their militaristic behavior, the sometimes harsh appeals of their songs and a love of breaking the taboos they love to celebrate. Singer Lindemann, for example, showed up without warning at Berlin’s main train station in March to help distribute aid to first refugees from Ukraine. Musicians often wave a rainbow flag, as in Berlin, when they are passed through the stadium in inflatable boats by their fans.
The band has 22 songs on the set list for their home game. The six musicians live in the capital. They met here in 1994 and have since developed into the world’s most successful German band with their powerful voice. “It’s the most beautiful thing in the house,” Lindemann says during one of his very rare theatrical ads.
After two concerts in Leipzig and two shows in Berlin, concerts are scheduled in Germany in Stuttgart (10/11 June), Hamburg (14/15 June) and Düsseldorf (18/19). The band will perform 42 concerts in Europe and North America on the tour that has been postponed twice due to Corona. In the first part, more than a million fans visited 30 shows in 2019, ten of them in Germany.
Four songs come from the successful album “Zeit”, released at the end of April, which immediately made Rammstein number one in the charts. The musicians incorporated new songs such as “Zick Zack”, “Armee der Tristen”, “Adieu” and the title song “Zeit” into the program. Ramstein songs such as “Sonne”, “Du hast”, “Mein Herz brennt”, “Mein Teil” and “Deutschland” are also celebrated by fans. Plus, it thunders, crashes, flashes and explodes at every conceivable point in the gigantic theater building – which five fans of the band now know a little better.