Rammstein Invades North America with Bizarre Stage Antics


Phots by Steve Trager


Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pa
April 26, 2012
While many European metal bands will fly under the radar due to less popularity in other parts of the world such as America, they still manage to make a signature label for themselves for their unique sound, style and musical talent that can often separate them from the rest of the world. And the one band that is certainly at the top of the roster is Germany's Rammstein. With a history of just a mere decade under their belts, they've quickly become of one of the most bizarre Shock Rock Metal Bands out there, next to say Alice Cooper and KISS, for the greatest stage show from the naked eye.
Seems like forever since Rammstein gripped America by the throat with one of the most amazing stage productions that truly leaves your jaw drop below your waist. While they have a great following across the Mid-Atlantic, with performances during festivals in the summer with the likes of Wacken and Bang Your Head, Rammstien’s music has captured the world, even though the majority of the lyrics are in German.

While I do enjoy some great bands like this, it’s quite hard to be a die-hard when you don't have a clue what is being sung. With that said, though, Rammstein's live stage antics will wow you like never before. Remembering back to the first Family Values Tour which took place here in Philly at the legendary Spectrum, Rammstein certainly made a rock shock statement in the middle of the show as the stage went dark for a moment and there stood the singer performing with a metal jacket in flames. You could smell the lighter fluid and feel the intensity of the fames during that moment. It was right then and there that this band took over the bizarre record for stage antics.

As if that wasn’t enough to leave you gasping then, Rammstein have returned to thrill millions during their Made in Germany Tour, celebrating a decade of pure German metal at it’s finest degree. Not playing the entire region of North America this time, this was a rare opportunity to see a great show at the Wells Fargo Center in front of thousands. While there was no support act to "fire up" the fans, instead Rammstein had a different approach; fans were entertained by some DJ playing music for 30 minutes prior to the show.
Unlike many bands with a great stage production and brilliant light show that can wow your senses in an instant, Rammstein's act was nothing less then brilliant, with tons of pyro, shooting flames, smoke bombs, and a mass of light spreading across the stage. This combination made it one of the most spectacular stage shows to ever come out of Germany. Even if many fans, like myself, will never understand a word they sing, Rammstein can captivate with a truly unique performance. The band did perform much if its career spanning material, including Amerika, Du Hast, Keine Lust and the show closing Pussy.

Rammstein doesn’t come to America often and when they do it's a must see. Although I thought it couldn't be done, this one beat the Family Values 1999 Spectrum performance.

Set List:
Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen
Keine Lust
Asche zu Asche
Feuer Frei!
Mein Teil
Du Riechst So Gut
Links 2-3-4
Du Hast
Buck Dich
Mann Gegen Man
Ohne Dich
Mein Herz Brennt
Ich Will