Rammstein Burns down The Honda Center in Anaheim
The German Industrial metal band Rammstein, touched down in Anaheim this Thursday for their only show in California. Playing a collection of hits from over 15 years off their latest "Made in Germany" Greatest Hits album. In speaking with some fans before the show, this tour is considered the best setlist that the band has ever done. The night started out with an hour long set from DJ Joe Letz from Combichrist. Letz threw down a variety of heavy hitting industrial and dubstep beats to get the crowd prepared for the onslaught that would be Rammstein. Towards the end of his set, Letz put on a loop and proceeded to get the crowd to start chanting Rammstein... Rammstein... Rammstein... The drummer/DJ left his booth and kept the loop going just long enough for the curtain to drop and some opening music to start playing. But where was the band? Slowly a walkway filled with gas compressors lowered from the roof, and midway through the band emerged from within the stands. Lead by the bass player holding a torch, the german masters of fire made their way to a platform in the middle of the floor, and then were lifted to their walkway that lead them to the stage. Starting the show off with a flametastic expression of pyromania, along with "Sonne", Rammstein sparred no fuel to heat things up, Literally. Waiting along the side of the Pit, approximately 50 feet from the stage, I felt the heat from the fire through the back of my eyes. At this moment I was grateful that they didn't let us next to the stage until after the 2nd song. Immediately following "Sonne", came "Mein Land" and a new array of sparks and explosions. Awarded "Best Live Band" this year at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards for good reason. The six piece from the land of the 3rd Riech does not take their performances lightly. Proudly displayed throughout the 2 hour live set, were expressions of sexuality, BDSM, cross dressing, and dozens of custom made flamethrowers, and spark inducing props. From the butcher outfit complete with a 16" knife Microphone, to the Giant metal wings shooting flames out the back, lead singer Till Lindermann put on a theatrical event the likes this reviewer has never seen before.