Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche HÃ¤rte band from Berlin, formed in 1994. The band consists of members Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (lead guitar and backing vocals), Paul H. Landers (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Oliver “Ollie” Riedel (bass guitar), Christoph “Doom” Schneider (drums and electronic percussion) and Christian “Flake” Lorenz (keyboards). They are widely accepted as part of the Neue Deutsche HÃ¤rte scene (alongside others such as Oomph!, Eisbrecher, and Die Krupps) and they are the genre’s most successful band, achieving worldwide fame. Their songs are usually in German, but they have also performed songs entirely or partially in other languages such as English, Spanish, French and Russian. As of 2009, they have sold over 15 million records worldwide. Rammstein‘s live shows are famous for their pyrotechnic performance and theatrics, earning them awards from many countries, including The United States of America. Rammstein‘s entire catalogue is published by Universal Music Group. Since their formation in 1994, Rammstein has had no changes in their band line-up nor have any members left the band.
The band has stated that it was originally named after the Ramstein airshow disaster. The band has stated that, despite fan speculation, their band is not named after the disaster, though their self-titled song is a reference to the event.
Rammstein began to record their first studio album titled Herzeleid in March 1995 with producer Jacob Hellner. They released their first single “Du riechst so gut” on 17 August and released the album on 24 September 1995. Later that year, they toured with Clawfinger in Warsaw and Prague. Rammstein headlined a tour of their own through Germany from 2 December to 22 December consisting of 17 shows which helped to boost the band’s popularity. They then went on several tours throughout early 1996, releasing their second single entitled “Seemann” on 8 January 1996.
On 27 March, Rammstein performed on MTV’s Hanging Out in London; their first performance in the UK. Rammstein‘s first major boost in popularity outside Germany came when music director Trent Reznor chose two Rammstein songs, “Heirate mich” and “Rammstein”, for David Lynch’s film Lost Highway. The soundtrack for the film was released in the US in late 1996 and later throughout Europe in April 1997.
Rammstein then went on to tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland from September to October 1996, performing an anniversary concert on 27 September called “100 years of Rammstein”. Guests to the concert included Moby, Bobo and The Berlin Session Orchestra, Berlin director Gert Hof was responsible for the light show.
Sehnsucht and Live aus Berlin (late 1996â€“2000)
Rammstein started recording Sehnsucht in November 1996 at the Temple Studios in Malta. The album was again produced by Jacob Hellner. “Engel”, the first single off of the album, was released on 1 April 1997 and reached gold status in Germany on 23 May. This prompted the release of a fan edition of the single, named Engel – Fan Edition. This contained two previously unreleased songs, “FeuerrÃ¤der” and “Wilder Wein”. Release of the second single from the album Sehnsucht was “Du hast”, which hit the German single charts August 1997 at number 5. Rammstein then continued touring in the summer whilst Sehnsucht was released on 22 August 1997. The album reached number 1 in Germany after only two weeks in the charts. Simultaneously, Herzeleid and both the singles off Sehnsucht (“Du hast” and “Engel”) were in the Top 20 of the German charts. Rammstein continued to headline sold out shows throughout Europe in September, October. On 5 December 1997, they embarked on their first tour of the United States with KMFDM.
On 22â€“23 August 1998, Rammstein played to over 17,000 fans at the Wuhlheide in Berlin; the biggest show the band had played there up to that date. Supporting acts were Danzig, Nina Hagen, Joachim Witt and Alaska. The show was professionally filmed, intended to be released on their upcoming live DVD, Live aus Berlin.
Rammstein embarked on a live tour with Korn, Ice Cube, Orgy and Limp Bizkit called the Family Values Tour in September through to late October 1998. To further continue their success in the US, Sehnsucht received Gold record status on 2 November.
The band was nominated at the MTV European Music Awards for Best Rock Act and performed “Du hast” live on 12 November that year.
Rammstein had further success in 1999, starting off the year in February with a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd-annual Grammy Awards. A year after it was filmed, the Live aus Berlin concert was released on CD on 30 August 1999, with a limited edition double CD also available. Two weeks after it was released, Live aus Berlin went to number one in the German Album Charts. On 13 September and 26 November 1999 the video and DVD versions of the concert were released respectively.
The recording of Rammstein‘s album Mutter took place in the south of France in May and June 2000, and it was mixed in Stockholm in October. During Christmas 2000, Rammstein released an MP3 of “Links 2-3-4″ as a taster for their new album. Richard also wrapped a thread of his own hair onto the G string of his guitar just for this album, he said “It gave it a certain sound”.
2001 was a busy year for Rammstein, starting in January and February with the band playing the Big Day Out festival in Australia and New Zealand. January also heralded the shooting of the video for their upcoming single, “Sonne”, recorded in Potsdam at Babelsberger Filmstudios from 13 to 15 January 2001. The video was released on 29 January 2001. The single for “Sonne” was released on 12 February 2001 in Europe, featuring an instrumental version of the song, two remixes by Clawfinger and “Adios” from the upcoming album.
Mutter was released on 2 April 2001, sparking another Rammstein tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On 14 May, the second single off the album, “Links 2 3 4″, was released, along with a video of the single on 18 May. After a tour throughout Europe in June, the band then toured the U.S., Canada and Mexico from June to August 2001.
“Ich will”, the third single from the album, was released on 10 September 2001 and a Tour edition of the Mutter album (the cover of which is red) was released, featuring alternative artwork and live versions of “Ich will”, “Links 2 3 4″, “Sonne” and “Spieluhr”. From 8 to 12 January 2002, Rammstein traveled to Prague to participate in a minor scene for the film xXx. The band is seen in the opening scene, performing their song “Feuer frei!” in a concert. “Feuer frei!” was released across Europe as the first single from the xXx soundtrack on 14 October 2002. Rammstein released two remixes of the song. Furthermore, the single’s track listing included “Du hast” and “BÃ¼ck dich” cover versions by Battery. The video for the single was edited by Rob Cohen, which contains part Rammstein performance at the beginning of the film and part snippets from the film itself.
Reise, Reise (2003â€“2005)
Rammstein recorded Reise, Reise (meaning “Journey, Journey”) at the El Cortijo studio in southern Spain in November and December 2003, it was mixed at Toytown studio in Stockholm, Sweden in April and May 2004. The first single from the album was “Mein Teil”, released on 26 July 2004. The video was shot in the Arena, in the Treptow district of Berlin. Outdoor shooting took place at the Deutsche Oper (Opera House) U-Bahn station on Bismarckstrasse. The director was Zoran Bihac, who also filmed the “Links 2 3 4″ video. The video for “Amerika” was filmed on 6â€“7 August 2004 in the ruins of the former cement works in RÃ¼dersdorf near Berlin, Germany under the direction of JÃ¶rn Heitmann (who also directed the “Ich will” video, among others). The space suits for the moon scenes were borrowed from Hollywood and 240 tons of ash were needed to create the moon landscape. The video premiered on 20 August 2004.
The second single from Reise, Reise was “Amerika”, released on 13 September 2004. With the album released on 27 September, it went straight to top 10 charts throughout Europe. According to the Billboard charts, Rammstein were now the most successful German-language band of all time. Rammstein then toured Germany through November and some of December 2004, releasing the single “Ohne dich” on 22 November.
In February 2005, Rammstein toured Europe again. By 28 February 2005, Rammstein had played 21 concerts in front of more than 200,000 spectators in ten countries. It was on this tour that the band was faced with several lawsuits resulting from severe fire breathing accidents involving audience members. “Keine Lust” was the fourth single released from Reise, Reise on 28 February 2005.
From 27 May to 30 July 2005, Rammstein played festivals across Europe. Footage from these concerts eventually ended up on Rammstein‘s live DVD VÃ¶lkerball, released in November 2006.
Rosenrot and VÃ¶lkerball (2005â€“2006)
In August 2005, Rammstein revealed the name of their next studio album: Rosenrot. Their first single from the album, “Benzin”, was released on 5 October 2005, with its video premiere on 16 September 2005. Rosenrot was released worldwide on 28 October 2005. Directly following the release, the album continued the success of its predecessor, Reise, Reise, placing on top 10 charts in 20 countries.
16 December 2005 marked the release of the title track on Rosenrot. The video for “Mann gegen Mann” was released on 6 February 2006, with the single being released on 3 March. On 19 February 2006, Rammstein had an asteroid named after them, 110393 Rammstein.
On 17 November the first Rammstein Live DVD since Live aus Berlin from 1998 was released. VÃ¶lkerball shows concert-performances by the band in England, France, Japan and Russia. The Special Edition is extended by a second DVD, which contains the documentaries “Anaconda in the net” by Mathilde Bonnefoy and the “Making of the album Reise, Reise” by Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers. The limited edition was released as a large black-and-white photo-book with photos by Frederic Batier, who had accompanied the band through their recent tours. The photo-book edition contains two DVDs and two live albums.
Liebe ist fÃ¼r alle da & tour (2007â€“2011)
The band took a time out in 2006, and began work again in 2007. The recording process took reportedly two years. In July 2009, the title track “Liebe ist fÃ¼r alle da” leaked onto the internet, along with promotional materials. This has led Universal Music to take action against certain fan sites.
It was confirmed in August 2009 that the new album would have 11 tracks, and mixing of the album â€” which was taking place in Stockholm – had been completed. On September 1, 2009, it was confirmed on the band’s website that “Pussy” will be the first single from the new album. On the same day, The Gauntlet posted a promotional video for it. The video also confirmed the new album title, Liebe ist fÃ¼r alle da. Later, the title was confirmed again in an interview with Paul Landers for RockOne magazine.
The music video for “Pussy” was released on September 16, 2009, at 20:30 GMT, released especially for the adult website Visit-x. The video contains graphic scenes of male and female nudity as well as women engaging in sexual activity with the band members, although the actual sex scenes were performed by body doubles. The women featured in the video are German porn stars. Metal Hammer released an edited version of the video onto their website. “Ich tu dir weh” was confirmed as the second single off the album by Paul and Flake, in an interview for Radio Eins. Although censorship of the song in Germany prohibits any advertisement, broadcast or public display, the video to “Ich tu dir weh” was released on December 21, 2009 on the adult website Visit-x, just like the video to “Pussy”, after advertisement on the band’s official German website; it depicts the band on stage in a similar configuration as the one on their 2009/10 tour. Any references to the video on the official website have since been deleted. In Europe, the single has been released on January 15, 2010, and in the U.S. on January 19, 2010. Like the video “Pussy” also this video was directed by Jonas Ã…kerlund. On Friday April 23, 2010, Rammstein released their video “Haifisch”. Unlike the video for â€œIch tu dir wehâ€, it contains more of a storyline rather than a performance. The single was released during May and June 2010.
On November 8, 2009 Rammstein began the first leg of the Liebe ist fÃ¼r alle da Tour In Lisbon, Portugal. As part of their European summer tour, Rammstein performed at the 2010 Rock AM Ring Festival on 4â€“6 June 2010. They also headlined several shows across Europe on the Sonisphere Festival, including their first ever outdoor UK performance at Knebworth Park, performing the day before Iron Maiden. On Sunday July 18, 2010, Rammstein played in front of more than 130,000 people in Quebec City on the Plains of Abraham as the closing show for the Festival d’Ã©tÃ© de QuÃ©bec. It was their first North American appearance in 9 years. The band announced that their last tour dates of 2010 were to be in the Americas. After several South American dates, the band returned to the United States for a single show at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City – their first US show in over nine years, it is rumored that tickets sold out in as little as fifteen minutes. They also performed at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on December 9. This concert also sold out within the first hour of tickets going on sale, indicating a high demand to see Rammstein in North America. The band then played at Big Day Out 2011 from January 21 to February 6 in New Zealand and Australia. The band also visited South Africa for the first time in 2011 and played two concerts at Cape Town and Johannesburg. On February 16, 2011, Rammstein announced that after the massive success of their sold out Madison Square Garden show on December 11, 2010 they would be touring North America after 10 years, making stops in New Jersey (East Rutherford) Izod Center, Montreal Bell Centre, Toronto Air Canada Centre, Chicago Allstate Arena, Edmonton Rexall Place, Seattle Tacoma Dome, San Francisco (Oakland) Oracle Arena, Los Angeles The Forum (Inglewood), and Las Vegas Thomas and Mack Center, Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes, Guadalajara’s Arena VFG, and Monterey’s Auditorio Banamex to a total of six U.S dates, three Canadian dates, and four Mexican dates. Tickets went on sale February 25 and 26 to great response, with many shows completely selling out, making this tour a complete success. On April 20, 2011 the band also won the Revolver Golden God Award for Best Live Band, their first U.S award.
Made In Germany 1995â€“2011 (2011â€“present)
Rammstein released a greatest hits album titled Made in Germany 1995â€“2011 on December 5, 2011. It contains one previously unreleased track, “Mein Land” which was released as a single on November 11, 2011 with another track, “Vergiss Uns Nicht”, that was released at a later date. The compilation is available in three different editions. The standard edition, special edition, and a super deluxe edition. The video for the song “Mein Land” was filmed on May 23, 2011 at Sycamore Beach in Malibu, California. It premiered on the band’s official website on November, 11, 2011. A full European tour in support of Made in Germany has been confirmed that will span from November 2011 to March 2012, as well as a North American tour that will span from Aprilâ€“May 2012. The Swedish industrial band Deathstars will be the support band during the first leg of the European tour.
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