Rammstein, Download Festival – Day 1
Day One – Rammstein, Download Festival.
I was up at 06:35 to get ready for the day. It has been over a month since I was near a time like that. I caught my 08:30 bus to Nottingham to meet my friend Dan. Download Festival. I have wanted this festival for five years now…
Nottingham is free of the shackles and the extortionate prices of my monster, London. And believe me, I love my London, but it is actually a treat like a vacation to another English city where everything seems ‘lovely’!
I could not find a scalper to buy a ticket off of and it was raining pretty hard. So, I had to shell out the £190 for the weekend pass. That is only $380 of my money. The weekend had better kick ass for that!
The entire festival area of Download had become one giant mud-pit. Mud was nearly ankle-deep everywhere… Once you sink your shoes in it the first time, it really can not get any worse, so you just have to accept it and enjoy life. You really do not have any other choice. Plus, you are at a metal festival. It is a good place to stop being such a pussy!
Rammstein, Download Festival:
The band took the stage, and when they took the stage, it was to purple smoke. Two of the band members came down to the stage from platforms far up in the scaffolding and they were lowered down to the stage.
Germans are a great mix of weird and cool. Rammstein are exactly that mold. They are Germans, that is for certain!
The lead singer went to collect the keyboard player who was wearing a leash which the singer grabbed so that he could lead the keyboard player to the middle of the stage as a slave. The keyboard played crawled on his hands and knees as if he was a dog that was being lead. He then disappeared into the middle of the stage and when he came back he was wearing a fitted shiny suit that made him look resemble a human disco ball. When get got to his keyboards again, there was a treadmill in place that he walked on as he played the keys.
Germans are efficient.
Germans are sporty.
Everything described took place as the band kept on making music.
The band show fireworks straight out from the stage. The sound area was shot fireworks back at the band. It was crazy.
It is amazing that a band which sings in German, a language that no one other than German speakers can understand, have cracked the alternative-mainstream.
Rammstein has become a massive band on the world scale…it says a lot about what they bring…
* My friend Mike thinks that there should be a test where the levels of testosterone in a man are tested before a Rammstein show and then again after to see if they change. That is a fascinating idea…!
After the show, Shanks and I caught the Skylink bus back to Nottingham for 5. Shanks told me, “Beave, you are almost like a season. You show up…it is Beave season!” Thanks buddy!
We got to Nottingham I was walking alone towards Dan and Emma’s house and a blond woman in her mid 40’s who was talking on her phone smiled at me as we were about to pass. I thought it was friendly of her so I smiled back. About 7 meters past her when she turned around and asked me for a cigarette. I told her that I do not smoke. The she asked me, “Do you want business?” “What?” ‘Business? Ahh.’ “Oh. No. No thanks!”
Prostitutes frighten me. I thought she seemed a little too friendly.
Rammstein, Download Festival set list:
8-Ich tu dir weh
9-Du riechst so gut
10-Mein Herz brennt
14-Stripped (Depeche Mode cover)
16-Ohne dich (Acoustic)