Little rehash for those that don't know: I'm obsessed with Germany, the culture, the whole bit. Have been since I was little cuz Dad lived there, my older sister was born there, and Dad spoke a lot of it when I was little. So I just love it all. Well, when I was thirteen (I believe), the film "Lost Highway" (one of my favorite films) came out and the soundtrack was insanely popular around here. I got it cuz it had Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie on it. The whole thing rocks - if anyone wants to hear it, I'll send you a a copy because half of it is just instrumental. Anyway, I really got into it and heard Rammstein for the first time on it. They had two songs on it. Since then, I have just loved those guys. Unfortunately, I brought in that soundtrack to my German class to let the class hear and so many people just ripped on me for liking the music. Funny how when "Du Hast" was released in the US later that year, everyone LOVED it.
They were coming to Minneapolis last night and I had been waiting since last year to see them. I was supposed to see them in Munchen last year, but the tickets were SO expensive! So we waited and my husband was going to try to get a press pass to get me photos, which is NOT easy at their shows because of all the fire and stuff. He calls me yesterday and said we were on the guest list and he was doing photos. AWESOME. About an hour later, I get another call. I GET TO MEET THE BAND!!! Um, are you fucking kidding me????? I've been waiting fifteen years just to see these guys in concert, let alone MEET THEM!!!!!
As it turns out, he couldn't meet them as well because the press stuff was at the same time. So a friend of mine from high school was going to the show and I surprised him with a pass. So that was nice. We got to meet them and I spoke German to them, they signed my "Lost Highway" liner notes, and took pics. It was funny because they don't speak a whole ton of English and when they were signing, I would respond in German. Well, one of them signed my notes and I looked at him and said, "Danke." He looked at me for a second and then just goes, "...you're welcome." It was a total respect of each other's cultures enough to speak each other's languages thing, which I thought was really cool. They were some of the nicest people I have ever met. No joke. They were just great.
The show was BADASS. It turned out that the seats I was given were right next to the stage. If you have never seen these guys and get the chance, just go. Even if you don't know the music - go. They put on a show that is just spectacular. And I have to say, for a band that doesn't have English lyrics and virtually no US radio play, pulling in seven thousand people is pretty damn impressive. Unfortunately, they did not play "Heirate Mich" or "Klavier". Love those songs.