Arte goes full throttle Friday evening from 10:05 pm. First, Kiss’ two-part documentary “The Best Band in the World” will be broadcast, and at 00:55 Paris Rammstein will be shown by Culture Channel.
The two-part documentary tells the story of one of the world’s most famous and successful rock bands: KISS. Framed with rare private recordings, studio sessions, and impressive live performances, KISS founders Paul Stanley and Jane Simmons tell the stories behind the band’s turbulent decade-long history.
Four make-up musicians in platform shoes, lots of fire and glamor and a rock ‘n’ roll tune: KISS is no ordinary band, it’s a phenomenon. For more than 40 years, the group centered around guitarist Gene Simmons and singer Paul Stanley has been at the forefront of the world’s most popular live bands. Since 2019, KISS has been on the multi-year “End of the Road” farewell tour. It’s time to look back at the long and turbulent history of this exceptional band!
In the two-part documentary, band founders Paul Stanley and Jane Simmons not only shed light on their band’s history, but also tell many anecdotes about KISS. In addition to Stanley Simmons and current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, former bandmates and fellow musicians like Dave Grohl (Nirvana, the Foo Fighters) and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) also have their say. KISS has sold over 100 million albums, is members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has broken audience records on its tours.
When and how did this success story begin? Where did Simmons and Stanley come from? Always inappropriate, two Jewish immigrant kids were linked to rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s and, as Jane Simmons put it, “haven’t looked back since.” The New York rock scene of the 1970s was a breeding ground for the massive success of KISS, in the 1980s alcohol and drugs played such a big role that the band almost broke up. The big comeback finally came in the ’90s and KISS is back on the path to success, which continues to this day.
During his Made in Germany tour, famous Swedish director Jonas Okerlund filmed two famous Rammstein concerts in March 2012, each in front of 17,000 spectators at Place Bercy in Paris. The 100-minute film includes 16 songs from the entire Rammstein group. Ramstein’s “Made in Germany 1995-2011” tour in November 2011 was a huge undertaking. 78 concerts in Europe and 21 in North America. In the luggage is a staged structure made of steel, 24 m wide, 15 m high, 100 loudspeaker boxes and a 380,000 watt audio system. A total of 25 trucks and 125 crew members.
No one who makes a movie about a tour like this should think it is any less important. This is also the main reason why ‘Ramstein: Paris’ came out in cinemas five years after the Paris concerts where it was filmed in March 2012. Director Jonas Aukerlund has gone to great lengths to adequately portray the show.
Åkerlund is known for his radical style-defining videos. Crazy details, upside-down perspectives, contrast shocks, and sensory confusion flash through his musical productions – in RAMMSTEIN: PARIS he celebrates this from the very first minute. Rammstein plays 16 songs in the movie ranging from “Do you want to see the bed burn?“the first song from the first record, even “Spring in Paris“ From the album LOVE IS FOR ALL.
Make the list:
- Do you want to see the bed burn?
- I do not feel
- ashes to ashes
- a fire!
- You smell so good
- you have
- Bend over
- face to face
- Without You
- my heart is burning
- Spring in Paris
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