Alright, so Rammstein didn’t literally burn down the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but if any band could, it would no doubt be this German rock band.
Cinco de Mayo 2011 marked the beginning of a truly historical moment in the world of music: Rammstein, a band that hasn’t toured the North American continent in 10 years, kicked off a 13-date tour just a few miles from their epic show at Madison Square Garden months before (keep in mind, the show at MSG didn’t qualify as a tour, it was a one-stop thing).
If the show at the IZOD Center is any indicator of what fans can expect for the rest of the tour, then you will not want to miss the show. For the better part of two hours, Rammstein hammered the audience with song after song, spectacular light show after spectacular light show…and most importantly, insane pyrotechnics after insane pyrotechnics.
Easiest way to sum up the show? How’s this: Till Lindemann, the lead singer, set a guy on fire on-stage.
At one point during the night, an old-fashioned gas station pump was wheeled out onto the stage. Lindemann took the nozzle in one hand and a flare in the other and proceeded to create a homemade flamethrower. He eventually pointed it at what looked like a stagehand and let loose.
Other highlights? Lindemann threw Christian “Flake” Lorenz, keyboards, into an empty bath tub and poured fire on him. Several babies with laser beams for eyes hung above the band for a few minutes, and then exploded. Lorenz jumped in a rubber raft and rode it across the audience. Lindemann mounted a gigantic male “member” and sprayed the crowd with some sort of white substance during the last song of the first set, “Pussy.” He also came out for the last song of the night, “Engel,” with huge angel wings that shot fire.
All in all, this was like no other show I’ve ever seen: The theatrics, the sound, the pure, visceral, raw power of a live performance…I completely understand why Rammstein received Best Live Band at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards. From the crushing opening of the show with the song “Rammlied,” to the two encores the band gave the crowd, this was a show I will not soon forget.
All I can say is this: If you get the chance to see Rammstein on this tour, do not miss it. There is no doubt they are pulling out all stops. This is their first North American tour in a decade and they are coming off of the high of being named the best live band in the world by Revolver Magazine…So regardless if you’ve seen them or not, I can make a guarantee that you haven’t seen them like this.
Book a plane ticket if you have to. Plan a roadtrip. Who knows when the next time Rammstein will deliver a tour as historical and epic as the one they are embarking on right now. I can tell you this, though: You will not be disappointed. You will have a night of incredible live music to remember for the rest of your life.