Rammstein: An Industrial Metal Masterpiece
Last Sunday night it was hot in Worcester, MA. Literally hot! German industrial metal juggernauts Rammstein gave a stellar and intense performance filled with explosions, fire, pyrotechnics, a white soapy substance that came out of a penis-shaped cannon, and great music to a jam-packed audience at the DCU Center. We were lucky enough to come out of the photo pit alive, and we have the photos to prove it!
A little after 8:00 o’clock, the lights dimmed and out comes DJ Joe Letz to entertain the fans with a few techno remixes of Rammstein songs. I had to wait with other fellow photographers at the security office, and we were brought in to the arena floor half way through Letz’s set. If you are a techno music lover, it was drum beat paradise. He kept the audience entertained with his personality and his DJ skills, while various Rammstein-related graphics were presented on a gigantic screen in the background.
Once the appetizer was over, it was time for the main course. The lights go out and on starts one of the most dramatic and breathtaking entrances I have ever seen in a concert. A catwalk starts its slow descent from the roof of the arena, spitting lights, smoke and air, commanding the frantic attention of everyone. Once it lowered to its intended position, all members of the band started coming out from one of the left rear gates of the arena, led by bassist Oliver “Ollie” Riedel, holding a lit torch. Right behind him were guitarist Richard Kruspe and keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz, who was holding a Massachusetts flag (nice!). Next in line were drummer Christoph “Doom” Schneider holding a Rammstein flag, guitarist Paul Landers, and finally lead vocalist Till Lindemann. They made their way atop a platform in front of the soundboard, which lifted them up to the catwalk. Marching to the rhythm of the intro music, each made their way to the stage. And the madness began!
“Eins, zwei, drei, vier…”
The band started out the evening with their hit song “Sonne” from their Mutter album. Once they reached the 2nd chorus, six huge fire columns rose from the front of the stage to a massive roar of approval from everyone. We felt the heat in our faces, and we were several feet away. Even the people in the back felt the heat! The fire display continued throughout the rest of the song, alternating from the front to the rear of the stage. After Sonne was over, they immediately went on to “Wollt Ihr Das Bet In Flammen Sehen” from their first album, Herzeleid. A huge explosion and sparks coming from Till’s gloves highlighted the song. Now we understood why we weren’t allowed to photograph the first songs of the show. Fire and explosions close to people are not safe. Good call! We had the opportunity to photograph songs 3 through 5 (“Keine Lust,” “Sehnsucht” and “Asche Zu Asche”). What a rush!
Rammstein did deliver on the promise of a phenomenal production. The amount of detail that went into this show was superb. The sound was excellent. The lighting was spectacular. There was enough pyro and fire to set the whole city of Worcester ablaze. But the star of the show was the stage. It was an industrial masterpiece of steel and fire. If you haven’t seen Rammstein live yet, you should run and go buy tickets before they leave the country!
I could go on and on describing the whole show, but that’ll ruin the surprise for everyone. Suffice to say, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I’m certain that most of the attendees will agree with me.
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