How to Book Rammstein: A Cautionary Tale
Bringing joy to grown men who collect action figures, the German shock rock band Rammstein is touring North America for the first time since 2001.
Although they play a generic strain of industrial metal, Rammstein makes up for their sonic deficiencies with an outlandish stage show of blinding pyrotechnics, exploding dildos, and creepy fascist imagery that the band takes dead serious but the rest of us recognize as a bi-curious derivation of Alice Cooper's old shtick.
To mark their return to the U.S., Rammstein will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday May 19, right before their concert the next night at L.A.'s Forum.
Aside from how a band that hasn't appeared stateside in a decade can still command huge concert audiences, the question we have is how Rammstein will adapt their grand, fiery spectacle to the punier scale of a late night talk show.
To find out, we made a few calls and obtained a chat transcript between Stu Wickens, a Kimmel production staffer, and Hanz Köhler, tour manager of Rammstein.