Rammstein Sets Oakland Ablaze

German rockers Rammstein torched the air of Oakland's Oracle Arena, and blew the minds of those who were there.

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Rammstein was on fire for their first Bay Area show in 10 years.
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German rockers Rammstein lit up the Bay Area in May after being away for 10 years.
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Singer Tim Lindemann is one of the most entertaining singers alive.
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Lindemann is said to be a qualified pyrotechnician, which makes sense considering the amount of flames regularly surrounding him during Rammstein shows.
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In past performances, Lindemann has been set on fire, held flaming hearts, wore flamethrower gloves, and shot off this giant gun, just to name a few.
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The show started with twin guitarists hacking their way on stage.
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Beams of light shot out at every strike until the two men had carved an opening big enough to walk through.
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As if opening a bank vault, sparks flew as a circular cut looking to be from a plasma cutter popped open an oval door where Rammstein singer Till Lindemann emerged.
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Lindemann came out wearing a feather collar, with a mouth full of light.
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Keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz is the second most entertaining member of the band to watch, and Lindemann's abuse of Lorenz throughout the show provides many of the highlights.
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There are a bunch of videos online that show countless highlights from the band's career.
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Gutarist Paul Landers (left), with bass player Ollie Riedel, later played a song with a flamethrower strapped to his face. Seriously.
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The Demon Butcher of Castro Street
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After the first song, "Rammlied," Lindemann removed the red accessories, the light fixtures dropped, and the band launched into "Buckstabu."
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Check out the spikes on those shoes.
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Lindemann was dirty and covered in fake blood from the very start of the show.
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Pretty much every song had different staging, be it fire effects, lighting changes or song props.
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Rammstein hadn't toured the US in ten years.
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This tour only hit six cities in the US, three in Canada, and three in Mexico.
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For the third song, "Waidmann," Lindemann marched around the stage with a giant gun at the ready.
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New lighting set up again.
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Linemann flirts with a small group of hot chicks at the side of the stage.
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"It was unbelievable watching the show from up there. You could see the sweat dripping off them as the performance went on. The music was so loud that the bass felt like it was vibrating inside my chest. And when the pyrotechnics went off it was like being inside a blast furnace. Super intense." - Jessica Bailey (top right smiling)
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Linemann takes a knee and readies his weapon.
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Linemann fires as flames erupt around him.
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Flame Effects called for in the Pyrotechnics Set List for this song: "9 X Liquidflames/Drops/Bengalred ~ 75 x red falling comet 30' with tale, 10 KG RED FIRE BINARY/Flash Flinte, Concussion ~ CO2 Jets
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The gun goes off, seems to hit something in the lighting rig above the stage. Boom! Fireworks come raining down igniting the stage. All the while, Linemann is taking a knee as the heat and glow surround him.
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Linemann starts to stand, as drummer Christoph "Doom" Schneider is lit from the flames.
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All of these visuals might have fallen flat if the band didn't sound good, but the music was awesome and the fact that every word was sung in German didn't matter at all.
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For the sixth song, "Feuer Frei," the twin guitarists wore flamethrower masks on their faces that shot fire at each other across the stage. Epic!
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Flames seem to shoot from every possible place, at one point or another during the show.
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Rammstein had to play big arenas on this tour because of their massive stage set up and costs. However, only the seats in the lower half of the building had people in them, keeping it a little more intimate.
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The band played for almost two hours.
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2 hours of things on fire!
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During the closing song “Pussy,” Lindemann sat atop a giant, pink penis cannon hosing the audience down with massive amounts of foam, to the delight of the baptised masses.
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Did I mention that these guys put on one of the best Heavy Metal shows you will ever see?
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To close out the show, confetti dropped from the ceiling as if it was NYE or a ticker-tape parade.
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I was lucky enough to be gifted a corporate suite for the night (thank you!), and had over a dozen people in there with me, many of whom had never even heard of Rammstein before. I was busy picking up dropped jaws all night.
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But wait! There's more... after the band reemerged from back stage, keyboard player Christian "Flake" Lorenz took a boat ride across the floor.
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California Uber Alles! After heading out more than halfway across the General Admission Floor, "Flake" headed back to the stage, pulling out and shaking a California flag.
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For the second encore, singer Till Linemann came out wearing a cool pair of metal wings.
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"Engel" ended up being the last song of the night, and Linemann's big metal wings opened up as the song started.
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Look at this, what a surprise, the giant metal wings also shoot fire! Bonus!
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The wings also popped, exploded, and burned with flares.
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This really was amazing to watch, with the best being saved for last. (Although, admittedly, I missed the song where a "fan" jumped on stage and was set on fire by a flamethrower wielding Linemann.)
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This about sums it up. If you are fan of Kiss, Alice Cooper, the circus, or just plain-old entertainment, you have to see this band live.
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Hopefully we won't have to wait another 10 years before they come to town again. I would gladly buy a ticket to see the exact same show tomorrow night, and encourage you to not miss the next time these guys are in the Bay Area.
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Here is a peak at the set list and pyrotechnic direction.
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Full set list for Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
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The opening band for Rammstein was Combichrist.
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Combichrist put on a great show, from what I could see during the first three songs.
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Combichrist is touring the Southern States of the US from now until June, no set return to the Bay Area.
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Hot metal chicks were plentiful at the show, especially if you hung out near the backstage door.
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Thank you Till Lindemann and crew for bringing Rammstein and their crazy live show to the Bay Area. Please visit us again soon.
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