Rammstein In The US? Yes We Can...
With a major tour about to kick off for Rammstein this coming November, a looming question remains: Will they come to the US this time around? While no one seems to know the answer yet, a lot of chitchat is circulating around the websites regarding this ongoing curiosity. And with many of the tourdates as yet unreleased and unknown, I have decided to gather my thoughts and ideas regarding this matter.
Let's deal with the pooh-poohers first. 'Rammstein can't tour the US because Till got arrested at a show in 1998'. 'Rammstein can't come here, not enough people would go see them'. 'Rammstein hates America, so they wouldn't come here anyway'.
To all of this, I say this: Enough with the bullcrap, already!!
Let's look at the Volkerball DVD. The shows (in terms of audience attendees) in London and Japan are much smaller venues than those taped in Nimes and Moscow. But, look closely at the smaller audiences - is there any less excitement, just because the the halls aren't as big? There are some advantages to fewer heads in the crowd, too - how many people do the band members really see when the concert is crowded to bursting? Yes, maybe they see that chick in the 50th row, the one who just flung her shirt off... a bad example, perhaps, but I am just making a point.
'Rammstein hates America'. People: Where is the evidence of this?? If one is going to base this 'Rammstein hates America' nonsense on ONE song that they did ('Amerika'), perhaps it is time for them to make an appointment with Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Apparently they still have some kinks in their closet that still need to be ironed out.
'Till Lindemann was arrested in 1998 for the 'Bueck Dich' performance...' Oh, please - put it away already!! I recently visited another website (will not mention it by name, but for those in the know it's the one that falsely reported Till was leaving the group last year)... and the commenters were going on and on about 'the incident' from 1998. As far as I am concerned, this is OLD NEWS, FOLKS - and I certainly hope that Rammstein will not allow one bad experience (the cause of which, for them, was just another day at the office) to affect any future possibilities of them revisiting us. Yes, it did happen - but it's OVER so let's leave it in the past where it belongs. I find it somewhat bothersome, that people are still bringing this up on the eve of new material coming out. Everybody - just let it be.
With all of this said, however, it would nonetheless be to Rammstein's (actually whoever does their tour bookings) advantage, to be familiar with our laws and customs before setting sail for America. Unquestionably things are a little different over here, as compared to other parts of the world - but that shouldn't automatically mean that they can't do shows over here! Maybe some modification would be necessary for the American leg of their tour; maybe they wouldn't be able to use all the fancy, elaborate pyrotechnics, or simulate orgies up onstage. Maybe their American performances would have to be a little different... I am getting into unknown territory now, but I am just throwing out ideas. With a little creativity and a healthy dose of 'homework' done well before the fact, I see absolutely no reason why Rammstein cannot come here. And again: Just because shows done here don't look like those done in Nimes, Moscow or Berlin doesn't mean that they can't be high-quality, exciting, memorable, and well worth the price of a ticket.
We have been neglected over here for TOO DAMN LONG... and I intend to use my cyberspace voice to bring these guys back to our shores, at long last!
Laser beams are legal here, aren't they...? ;)