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Rammstein 5/4/12 Allstate Arena, Rosemont IL

Rammstein 05/04/12

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:

Sonne
Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen
Keine Lust
Sehnsucht
Asche zu Asche
Feuer Frei!
Mutter
Mein Teil
Du Riechst So Gut
Links 2-3-4
Du Hast
Haifisch
————–
Buck Dich
Mann Gegen Mann
Ohne Dich
————–
Mein Herz Brennt
Amerika
Ich Will
Engel
Pussy

Gallery of photos below:

 

 

Marilyn Manson Teams with Rammstein For The Beautiful People at Echo 2012

Marilyn Manson Teams with Rammstein For The Beautiful People at Echo 2012

With all due respect to Jeordie White (aka Twiggy) Marilyn Manson has finally found a backing band that does not suck. As part of the 2012 Echo Awards, Manson performed his 90’s classic The Beautiful People with native German sons Rammstein. What’s interesting about the footage (which you can watch below) is that most of the camera angles are either focused on members of Rammstein or are shots from far away. Perhaps this is because Manson seems to have lost a step the past few years (he’s clearly winded by the end of the performance) or perhaps the shows live producer had no clue what was going on and was a bigger fan of some of the shows other performers like Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey?!?!?! Whatever the story is, check out the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hDHSKcmVV68#!

 

Reverend Justito’s Top Ten Shows of 2011

Reverend Justito’s Top Ten Shows of 2011

 

#10 Rammstein 05/20/11 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA

Oh those crazy German’s. I truly assumed I would never catch these guys again after the Great White fiasco, but there I was on the floor of the sold out Forum watching the band’s first North American tour in nearly a decade. It was all you could want from a Rammstein show – pulverizing riffs, shock value galore and lots and lots of fire.

#9 Chris Cornell 05/04/11 – John Anson Ford Amphitheatre – Hollywood, CA

The only reason I went to Chris Cornell is so I wouldn’t have to sit home alone for another night. I really didn’t expect much and just assumed I was crossing another artist off the list (as you can see in the review, I had actually seen Cornell live and forgot all about it). As much fun as it was to get videos taped at a show where armed guards stood looking to shoot anyone with a phone or a camera, as it turns out the music was really amazing. Cornell’s voice sounded strong, he performed stripped down versions of songs that span his entire career and hell if the Rock and Roll career does not work out, the man is funny enough to be a stand-up comedian.

#8 Voodoo Music Experience 10/29/11 – City Park – New Orleans, LA

Truth be told, this wasn’t so much about the music as much as it was about the Experience. Traveling alone through the streets of New Orleans 2000 miles from home with a once in a lifetime chance to check out one of American’s premiere music festivals. Don’t get me wrong, Mastodon, Social D and Girl Talk all killed it up on stage. However, it was meeting a kid fifteen years younger than me from my home town. It was checking out a beautiful park in a beautiful city and taking in a culture very different from Los Angeles. It was the sweet Street Car driver who pointed out all the great spots to eat far from Bourbon Street. Just like the name said, it truly was an experience.

 

#7 Joseph Arthur 04/14/11 – Venice Sound Stage – Venice, CA

There is something truly special about Joseph Arthur in Venice in April. Even if I tried to explain it, it simply wouldn’t make sense. So when this last minute gig was announced the same weekend as Coachella, I got my ass down to Venice faster than you can say Milk truck. Having seen the man at three of his four shows at the Bootleg Theater earlier in the year, I didn’t know what to expect out in Venice. With less than two dozen people showing up to the last minute gig, it was more like Arthur was playing in your living room then your typical concert. Perhaps it was the dog running around the venue, perhaps it was the fact he was cool enough to play “Morning Cup” for me, whatever it was this performance brought out some of the best feelings I have ever felt.

#6 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11/18/11 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA

When Oasis split, I found myself bummed I never made an effort to catch a proper show. I figured I may as well make the effort to catch the side projects till the day the Gallagher’s get back together. While we won’t mention the worst show we saw in 2011, Noel’s performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall was nothing short of exquisite. In between playing nearly the entire debut album, the man busted out some of Oasis’ biggest hits including “Wonderwall” and “Supersonic.” Oh and for the record it was not I who asked him to take off his shirt, but it was me who did request he play some Kasabian.

#5 Amon Amarth 04/24/11 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

So let me get this right, I get to leave Easter dinner early to watch Amon Amarth perform two sets of music? Oh and of those two sets of music, one of them is the bands’ latest release Surtur Rising from front to back? With no support, the mighty men from Scandinavia played almost three hours of music to a blood hungry crowd of sweaty men young and old. Much like an Easter Sunday service, the crowd sang along to every word worshiping the band and their every command. My only regret was the fact I was unable to experience it all over again when the group hit Anaheim in August.

#4 TV on the Radio 09/25/11 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

When 2011 started, I just assumed TV on the Radio was some over-blown hipster bullshit from Brooklyn. While that is totally correct, that didn’t stop me from falling in love with the group. As I mentioned in the original review, I didn’t even want to go to this show, but the lady had already purchased me a ticket. Then the group became unavoidable. Phish was covering Golden Age and someone I really respect kept posting Will Do to their Facebook wall. By the time I walked into the Bowl, I had not only owned TVOTR on vinyl, but was pumped for the gig. Grouped with other up and coming acts including Warpaint and Arctic Monkey’s – TVOTR’s headline set was a fierce hour of post punk/post hardcore/post indie yet totally original melodies and madness. Your new favorite band of 2005 is my new favorite band of 2011.

 

#3 Prince 04/23/11 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA

I am not a huge Prince fan. Don’t get me wrong the man has some great songs but it’s not something I listen too very often. Yet with 21 shows with most tickets priced at $25 there was no way in hell I was going to miss one of the greatest performers of the last 100 years in my back yard. As much fun as my birthday was with The Purple One in May, when it comes to music this show was one of the greatest I have ever seen no matter what the year is. He played the hits, he got funky with Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, he performed encores nearly twenty minutes after the house lights came up. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. If you live in Southern California and missed this run – shame on you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKHR6oe52Q

#2 Ween 01/26/11 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA

It was late 2010 when my pal James and I made plans to have a mini Ween California tour. I would fly to the Bay Area to get brown in Oaktown and he would come back with me to see the brothers Boognish in Los Angeles. From sneaking onto the floor to the sweet mini acoustic set there are just too many high water marks to mention. So instead we will just give a shout out to the hood rat who threatened to kill me on BART after I informed her I was not a drunk, but a drug addict.

 

#1 Phish 08/05/11 – Gorge Amphitheater – George, WA

As I said last year, as long as I see Phish I will always know what my top show of any given year is. This year I was not only fortunate enough to catch the band four times (so really, the top four shows of 2011 were all Phish), I finally got to see the boys live at The Gorge. It has been a dream of mine to do such a thing since the summer of 1997 and what a magical weekend it was. I could write a novel about the inside jokes of the weekend. From Eel attacks to me learning to open a bottle of beer with a lighter, it truly was one of the best weekends of my life. Oh and the music? All I have to say is Rock and Roll>Meatstick>Boogie On Reggae Woman.

 

Rammstein 05/20/11: The Forum – Inglewood, CA

Rammstein 05/20/11

The Forum – Inglewood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I suppose you could say I am one of the lucky ones. I managed to experience Rammstein live three times in the late 90’s/early 00’s. A teenager at the time, Rammstein was my KISS;  the ones who blew shit up in arenas much to my delight. If Rammstein was playing anywhere near my home, no doubt I would be there. Sadly about a decade ago Rammstein stopped playing near my home. Hell, Rammstein stopped playing my continent. It broke my heart to miss the bands one-off show at Madison Square Garden late last year, so when a brief North American arena tour was announced for May 2011 I made sure to get my ass into the show.

With traffic worse than usual on the 405 and multiple security check points to get into the once Great Western Forum, I found myself in line for an overpriced cocktail when Combichrist took the stage. To be honest, Combichrist was nothing to write home about, yet the perfect opener for Rammstein. I found their take on 90’s industrial rock to be rather generic and unoriginal, yet it worked considering who the headliners were. With the arena ½ full, I found myself sitting down in the middle of the mosh pit for a game of Patty Cake with a mid-sized Latino youth for entertainment during the set. While I doubt I will remember this band in six months, I can tell you that they closed their 30 minute set by welcoming Richard Z. Krupse and Paul Landers of Rammstein onto the stage for a song called “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”

With my only Rammstein headline show at the now defunct 1800 capacity Maritime Hall in San Francisco back in 1999, While I knew MSG sold well, I was shocked that the band booked arenas from coast to coast. Would that many folks pay that much in this economy to see the band? As it turns out they sure as hell would.

The band kicked the night off with “Rammlied.” It was hard to see what was going on with so many fans in front of me holding their cameras high eager to capture the moment they were first penetrated by the Rammstein experience. Then again it didn’t really matter what the band played for most in the crowd. They were excited to see fire shoot from every corner of the stage, a large gas pump go out of control setting someone on fire and of course lead singer Till Lindemann attempting to burn keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz from high above the stage. The fact is most inside the Forum knew nothing more of Rammstein than “Du Hast” and that didn’t matter because when it comes down to it everyone loves to watch shit blow up. Hell I will admit that I was once hardcore enough to once ask and receive the Original Single Kollektion box set from Santa yet didn’t know most of the material the band performed.

Even if fire isn’t your thing Rammstein had you covered. Flake set sail into the mosh pit in a large inflatable rubber raft during “Haifisch” and bassist Oliver “Ollie” Riedel finger picked a Spanish guitar during “Frühling in París.”  While “Bück Dich” didn’t make it into the set, the band managed to bukkake the crowd as Lindemann shot his cock cannon off at the crowd during the set closing “Pussy.”

Much like current Forum resident Prince, Rammstein performed multiple encores. The first encore featured fired up versions of “Sonne,” “Haifisch” and “Ich Will.” The second encore consisted of “Engel” which featured Lindemann with a huge pair of wings that shot fire before burning to a crisp. As the band thanked California, the house lights came up and many struggled with the fact that the show was over. While many gushed over the fact that they finally were able to see Rammstein I struggled with the fact that I was a bit let down. Don’t get me wrong, it was an incredible experience that I would have not missed for the world. Perhaps it was the fact I didn’t fear for my life like I did at Maritime Hall? Perhaps it’s the fact that they performed for nearly two hours instead of packing all the action into 45 minutes? For me it felt as if the band has cut back a lot of the insane stunts that made me fall in love as a teenager.  Despite these feelings I am truly grateful I was able to experience these guys live one more time. Let’s hope it doesn’t take them another ten years to return to North America.

 

 

Win Free Music By Checking Out Our Plans for Summer 2011

Win Free Music By Checking Out Our Plans for Summer 2011

 

It’s going to be an action packed summer for us all at Concert Confessions and to get everyone fired up for some great coverage from Coast to Coast we are giving away a $50 iTunes gift card. Before we tell you how to win the gift card, allow us to share with you some of the shows you will see covered here at Concert Confessions

Kicking things off is our man Jay Porks. While he is still debating a return to Jersey for a lil Flaming Lips action, he will get his summer started this Friday as he takes in Rise Against & Bad Religion at Terminal 5 in NYC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoJgwuf3Rgs

Moving to the middle of the nation, Brad has an action packed summer. While he may hail from the Show Me State, Brad is crossing state lines to take in the Wakarusa Festival as well as making his first trip to Red Rocks for Railroad Earth and Yonder Mountain String Band. Don’t worry Missouri; Brad will be covering his home state as well, taking in gigs from Primus and Fleet Foxes.

Speaking of crossing state lines, when our founder Reverend Justito is not enjoying Southern California tour stops from Dolly Parton and Rammstein, he will be making his maiden trip to George, Washington (aka The Gorge) where he will take in two nights of Phish with fellow Concert Confessions members Phish Beard and thenaturalstoner. A week later, he will return to his hometown of San Francisco to cover all three days of the 2011 Outside Lands Festival.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FzrTIGJkdw

Hailing from the northwest corner of America, thenaturalstoner he has already spent and arm and a leg in ticketmaster service charges. In addition to Phish, he will be enjoying the 2011 Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge. When not in central Washington, look for two nights of Eddie Vedder action in Seattle and a trip down south to Oregon for the mighty Ween.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BZurv72Dxc

So now that you have a sample of what we are up to this summer, we want to know what you have planned. Anyone who leaves a comment with their 2011 summer show plans (even if the comment is that you have no concerts planned) by 9 pm PST on 05/05/11 will be entered into a contest for the free $50 iTunes gift card. Reverend Justito himself will pull one lucky winner out of his sweat stained San Francisco Giants cap and we will post the winner right here on Friday. The contest is open to any and all US residents who have not submitted reviews to Concert Confession in the last 24 months. Good luck and thanks for supporting Concert Confessions

Rammstein To Tour North America in 2011

Rammstein To Tour North America in 2011

Our prayers have been answered. Various outlets are reporting that with the success of their Madison Square Garden appearance last fall, Rammstein will once again hit North America for a brief tour. The trek will kick off May 5th in beautiful New Jersey before wrapping up a few days before Memorial Day in Las Vegas, NV.

Tickets for the Live Nation tour are scheduled to go on sale next week. The dates for the tour are listed below.

Rammstein 2011 North American Tour Dates:
05/05 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZod Center
05/07 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
05/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
05/10 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
05/13 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
05/15 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome
05/18 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
05/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
05/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center

Rammstein To Play First American Show in a Decade

 

Blabbermouth is reporting that German industrial legends Rammstein have confirmed their first show on American soil in ten years.  The one-off show will be held at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City.

 

If you are anywhere close to New York City on December 11th, do not miss the band whose live concert makes KISS look like a tealight candle.    Having seen them three times back in the late 90’s/early 00’s I can tell you that there is nothing like Rammstein live.

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