Allstate Arena -Rosemont, IL
Words/Photos by concertchk
Seeing Rammstein for the first time literally made me feel like a giddy school girl going to her very first prom, and I never went to prom. I would like to give a huge thanks to my friend Cortney Meyer who by one single retweet on Twitter, won via Live Nation and could have picked any show she wanted. She ended up picking the Rammstein show, which produced a meet and greet and free tickets. I will mention that I begged and cried until her boyfriend asked me to go in his place.. I would have gladly dealt with the defeat and not went if he wanted to go, but bless his heart.. he asked, I accepted.
Going into this I knew what Rammstein shows consisted of, lots of fire, props, theatrical moments and crude lyrics sung in German of course. As nervous as I was by the time we had figured out where we were suppose to be a rep escorted us down to the groups dressing room and the nerves began to go away. A lady came out and said we are doing the meet and greet in their dressing room feel free to take pictures, meet the ones you want to meet and mingle for a bit. If you don’t know what to expect, you do get a little flustered. Till Lindemann, the lead singer was decked out in his stage gear ready to go, hair slicked back with fire retardant and very intimidating, he didn’t speak at all, I don’t think I was to overwhelmed to realize it if he did, he didn’t say much just nodded after meeting you.
There was roughly twelve people doing this meet and greet within a small dressing room, so the band was just standing there waiting for us to come up to them, after meeting Till, I moved over to Christian “Flake” Lorenz, the keyboardist he was really nice, didn’t speak English, but was also in his concert gear of a gold sparkle jumpsuit and white face paint, he actually glows in the photo, and I did manage to get a glimpse of him before the show, as he was escorted into the building wearing jeans, jacket and a shirt, along with his glasses.
I came to realize all these guys are extremely tall, they towered well over me. Christoph “Doom” Schneider the drummer was the most inviting, he was going from person to person at least a couple of times, telling them thank you, and talking, he even smiled in the photo. He was one of the more personable band members, they did have several meet and greets that night. Even though the photo with Doom is blurry, he was the one the member that stood out, very friendly and just overall happy to meet fans.
Last on the meet and greet line was Oliver “Ollie” Riedel the bassists, he was probably 6’9 seriously he had to squat to get into the photo he was extremely tall and skinny and was very nice as well, he was standing toward the back of the dressing room.
Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe weren’t taking photos that evening, I did however get one of their autographs, just not exactly sure which one, but one of them was in the room as we entered, and then when we got around for photos, he wasn’t there.. which is fine.. no worries, they were ready to go on stage after we finished. It was a bit unorganized as we all walked in there, no line was formed, but overall an amazing experience in the Rammstein’s dressing room at the All State Arena in Chicago, Illinois.
As we left, Combichrist drummer Joe Letz was gearing up the crowd with a brief DJ set. No soomer did we find out seats and the lights went down and the over the pit a walk way started lowering. Rammstein has a huge stage set up, they have a center stage, the main stage, and a walk way that goes over the PIT to each stage, it’s a massive site to behold. They appeared two entrances over from our section, marching with flags, a torch, and headed to the center stage.
After making there way to the stage, and lighting fire pots at the end of the stage, they started out by powering through “Sonne” with pounding bass and guitar riffs the crowd instantly started the head banging process, I was amazed to see so many different cultures, Spanish speaking folks that didn’t speak any English, but were belting out German lyrics to every song. The display of fire, and stage presence Rammstein commands, they literally make you not take your eyes off of anything they do, you are awe struck as the performance before you.
I will admit I haven’t heard many Rammstein songs, I’ve heard about them, and the one song that got played over in the US years ago, “Du Hast” so immediately I knew what that one was, but found myself liking the music to some of the other songs, regardless of what the lyrics say Rammstein can play some wicked tunes. There was theatrics during there performance, Till setting Flake on fire in a pot, Doom walking four members across the walk way as dogs, Flake constantly walking on a treadmill during the majority of the show, and lots of fire props.
They had two encores, one that consisted of Till coming out in the metal wings, and lighting them on fire at the end, and closing the show with Pussy all while riding around on a penis canon shooting foam into the first five rows of the PIT. I’m glad I wasn’t in the pit as I would have been dripping wet from sweating so much, and then I would have been foamed as well.
Overall Rammstein did not disappoint, the All State Arena in Rosemont Illinois proved to be the perfect backdrop for them, the crowd was standing through the entire time, singing every word in German, my friend wondered if some of them actually knew what they were singing, did they, or did it matter, it was an epic night to behold.
The set list consisted of:
Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen
Asche zu Asche
Du Riechst So Gut
Mann Gegen Mann
Mein Herz Brennt
Gallery of photos below: