By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia
Rammstein live at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (8/31/2022)
A total of 7 Boeing 747 planes carry 1,350 tons of metal parts to make the behemoth stage and more than 200 people traveled from Europe–and to each city–to build the stage in 4 days. This is not just any stage. Far from it. This is one ‘dragon’ of a stage that resembles a factory and exhales fire from all sides. These are some of the descriptions of how Rammstein is setting up their North America Stadium tour. Rock at Night was present at the Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia on August 31st, 2022 to witness the legendary German industrial metal band perform at what may be the most elaborate stage set up in history.
Lincoln Financial Field is the house of the Eagles and one of the biggest venues in Philly. The stadium is packed with people to see one of the biggest and most followed bands in the world. The night starts with Duo Abélard, a two-member piano group. They perform some amazingly soothing music which is just perfect to start the night – almost in contrast to what is coming next. They conclude the set with two of Rammstein’s songs – “Deutschland” and “Du hast”.
Exactly at 8 o’clock, the stadium goes dark and the stage lights up and starts breathing fire as Rammstein revs the engine with “Armee der Tristen”. For the next 2.5 hours, the audience witnesses history. It is not only how the band performs some of their biggest hits, but it is the spectacle–the performance–that is absolutely out of this world. The level of pyrotechnics deployed is unfathomable with Till Lindemann wearing a wheel on his back that releases fire from all sides; Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe with two big fire guns stuck to their guitar that shoots huge flames; and a big metal cradle on stage that breaths flames. These are just some of the spectacular examples of how fire was used to literally create an inferno on stage. Everyone can feel the heat–and is loving it.
There is massive confetti guns that engulf the whole stadium with colorful specks of confetti paper. A center stage is set up in the middle of the audience in which the band along with Duo Abélard performs the song “Engel”. Then, band members crowd-surf back to the main stage on a rubber inflatable boat. There is so much activity constantly happening it is impossible to put everything down into words–one has to be there to experience a Rammstein concert.
They perform almost all the massive hits like “Puppe”, “Deutschland”, “Du hast”, “Mein Teil”, “Sonne”, “Engel”, “Ich will”, and their namesake song “Rammstein”. It is amazing to see how the band maintains the same lineup for 28 years – Till, Paul, Christoph, Christian, Richard, and Oliver.
Overall, it is a mind-blowing experience I would suggest anyone to witness if the band performs nearby. Finally a shout out to the management and the organizers for putting on such a spectacular show.
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