hard sounds, firecrackers and lots of fire on stage. The Berlin audience enthusiastically celebrated the band around frontman Till Lindemann. Not all fans could see that.

At their first home game during the current stadium tour, the Berlin band Rammstein was wildly celebrated in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

The musicians around singer Till Lindemann (59) delighted the 66,000 fans in the sold-out stadium with their stage show of martial music, lots of fire, deafening firecrackers and sophisticated lighting effects. Another concert is planned for this Sunday in the capital.

Frontman Lindemann, guitarists Richard Kruspe (54) and Paul Landers (57), bassist Oliver Riedel (51), keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz (55) and drummer Christoph Schneider (56) live in Berlin. The six musicians came together here in 1994 and have since developed into the most internationally successful German band with their hard sound.

A good two hour program

The band can fall back on the successful album “Zeit”, released at the end of April, which immediately catapulted Rammstein to number one in the charts. The musicians have integrated new songs such as “Zick Zack”, “Armee der Tristen”, “Adieu” and the title song “Zeit” into the two-hour concert programme. Rammstein hits like “Sonne”, “Du hast”, “Mein Herz brennt”, “Mein Teil” or “Deutschland” were also celebrated by the fans.

Before the concert there was a special action that went unnoticed by the waiting audience. Guitarist Landers showed the stage and some of the show’s props to a group of blind and partially sighted people. In this way, the band also wants to give some of these fans the opportunity to grasp the ins and outs of the stage set-up with its hidden special effects.

After the two concerts in Leipzig in May and the two performances in Berlin, concerts in Germany are planned in Stuttgart (10/11 June), Hamburg (14/15) and Düsseldorf (18/19). The band will play 42 concerts in Europe and North America on the tour, which has been postponed twice due to corona. In the first part, more than a million fans visited the 30 shows in 2019, ten of which were in Germany.