In the spirit of heading out to Canada for Montebello Rock Fest in at the end of June for my birthday (Happy Birthday to me!), I am going to be bringing you two months of artist spotlights from some of my favorite bands that are playing. Some are well known, some are not! First off, let me tell you I am extremely honored and excited to spotlight the first headlining act: Rammstein.
Rammstein is a six-piece German hard rock band originating from Berlin, Germany. The group consists of frontman Till Lindemann, guitarists Richard Z. Kruspe and Paul Landers, Oliver Riedel on bass, Christian “Flake” Lorenz on keyboards and rounding out the bunch is Christoph “Doom” Schneider on drums.
Known for their no-restraints music including Du Hast, Feuer Frei!, and Amerika, the group is not afraid to express themselves in any way to get the message across. Personally, I have Ich Tu Dir Weh and Mein Herz Brennt on my daily rock playlist. I highly respect this incredible group of musicians for sticking to their “guns” and stayed true to their own brand for over 20 years.
The group, in particular, is a unique batch of guys since their inception in 1994 their member line-up has not changed. This is due to much in part of a mutual understanding that the members have between each other that it is more important to have a happy balance between members and music. Recently, Richard Z. Kruspe told the Chilean radio station Futuro 88.9 (Futuro) in an interview, “We met last September, after several years. We had been busy, me with my other band Emigrate and Till with his solo project. We reunited again and we feel prepared to do something in the studio, but without putting any pressure to create a new record. We are taking it easy, like going one day to a sauna and spending the day there. So, who knows. At this point, I do not know what will be. If we decide to make another album or ep, or anything, really it is not what concerns us most. We want to like the material first. And I think it’s a privilege to be able to tour without any new album. We hope to get something that we like, but we do not pressure. We are not desperate. I think it’s the first time in our career we feel this way.”
In fact, the boys are back in the studio working on their first full-length album since the release of Liebe ist für alle da in 2009. The completion time frame for this album is currently unknown but production is expected to last into late-2017. They more recently debuted Ramm4 their latest single during their 2016 tour season as the opening number for their over the top pyrotechnic-laced performances.
Rammstein is currently booking their international tour for Spring/Summer 2017. Confirmed dates include Rock am Park and Rock im Park in Germany, Grasshop in Belgium, as well as select headlining dates in Spain, USA, and the Czech Republic. I look forward to catching the guys of Rammstein during their stop in Montebello, Quebec for Montebello Rockfest 2017. Tickets for most of these shows are on sale now, more dates are to be announced soon. Check www.rammstein.de/en for more information for tickets as dates are released.