Stefan's Concert Experience

Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein… I will never be able to forget that day when the crowd was screaming their names with absolute power and awe… it was a moment where I stood still and tried to vision that this might be a dream, but then my friend bumped into me and the fact that it is real became truth… This band has been one of the bands I’ve dreamt of seeing live, and never did I knew that they will be setting feet on my home country… at first, I thought it was a joke, then I checked the internet… and it became real… Rammstein was coming to South Africa… I remember the feeling of excitement that started to build up as I keep browsing through their website and look at videos online of live shows… and I couldn’t get my mind around the fact that I was going to see them live…

Months have passed as I waited for the day to come… I have prepared everything, I had my Rammstein t-shirt, especially ordered from their website for this show… I’ve forced all their lyrics into my brain just for that one concert… I was ready as ever can be…

So the day arrived and I’ve never felt more excitement in my life, I knew that I was going to see something truly amazing, and this is something I knew very well…  See, the reason why this moment was so big to me, is simply because I have tried to bring Rammstein to South Africa before, and I failed to do so as I was told by investors that music simply doesn’t make money… And I knew they were wrong, me and my friend spend more than 4 months planning and getting our business proposal ready just so that rich people can shoot it down… We had everything in place, we knew what everything was going to cost us and we even had MTV on board to help with marketing, but music simply doesn’t make money in South Africa… this is what we have been told over and over… In South Africa our music generation is climbing out of the gutter, and only now… it’s taken years for people to realize that music actually generates money, and not just that… but people would gladly pay to see something truly amazing… We had a rough battle for 6 months and eventually we had to give up, people were ignorant and didn’t want to help… so the day I saw that Rammstein was coming to South Africa, I looked at my friend, and we both started laughing… because we knew that out there is people just like us, thinking in the same way…

So the day arrived and I felt like I was going to scream of pure excitement, I had my t-shirt on, Rammstein tunes pumping in my headphones… I was getting myself ready for the best show I have ever seen…  I arrived at the venue, and there was thousands of people with the exact same thought as me, I felt like I found home for the very first time… and to anyone out there, that feeling is one of the best feelings you will ever have, it was overwhelming and I couldn’t describe it to anyone…

There were three loud bangs and suddenly the German flag over the whole stage that followed with another bang and Rammstein was on stage… people freaked out! Screaming in the thousands roaring with excitement… Because we finally saw what we all came out to see… and still till today, that feeling is indescribable… the flames, the lights, the passion… all in one dose of energy… and right at that moment I thought to myself that this is what we as humans feed on, that pure energy… and Rammstein is part of that unique code of energy that unlocks within ourselves… Realizing of what you see with that amount of energy and passion is almost too much for our minds to take it in, but I did… and still till today… nothing has beat that… I’ve seen many bands live in my days, and still today… NOTHING beats what I saw that night…. Energy, passion, art and beauty… all in one thing… this could only be the same as love should be… and that would be my message… even though Rammstein seems as a hard-core metal weird band, they still show us that we too can be unique in our own way, that we can express ourselves to any level…

Therfore Rammstein, I Thank You…

Stefan