Herzeleid Tour

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Rammstein ca. September 1995
Promotional photoshoot
© Jan Hoffmann

The Herzeleid Tour was the first actual concert tour by Rammstein. It is named after the band's debut album, Herzeleid, which was released on September 25, 1995. The tour had an uncertain number of concerts, so far 112 ones are confirmed (109 without the label showcases, TV performances and special shows), the first one being on August 8, 1995 in Berlin and the last on October 12, 1996 in Freiberg. Tickets to the concerts costed between 15 and 38 DM for headline shows and between 22 and 89 DM for festivals. During the tour, apart from the songs released on Herzeleid, each of the following appeared on the band's setlists at least once:

Most of these songs received significant changes throughout the years since their earliest known live performances.

The first actual concert of the band was on March 24, 1994 in Leipzig, it was a part of the "Club tour" (note that the name "Club tour" is made up, it is not known if the tour actually had any name), which was not a coherent tour and should not be considered a part of the Herzeleid tour. The Club tour is generally a very obscure period of Rammstein history, many concert dates remain uncertain, while some are completely unknown. Before and during the tour the band composed the early versions of the songs that subsequently were finished and released on Herzeleid or, in case of Alter Mann, on Sehnsucht, as well as some songs, finished studio versions of which were never released, these are:

In case of the unknown instrumental song, Tiefer gelegt and Wilder Wein, it is not known for certain if the band actually ever played them live during the tour. The last known concert of the Club tour was on May 27, 1995 in Leipzig.

Subtours, tour legs and special performances

Promotional flyer for December 1995 concerts
Promotional flyer for January - March 1996 headline concerts
Dates Subtour / Tour leg / Type
24.03.199427.05.1995 Club gigs, opening slots and headline shows
Club Tour
08.08.199501.09.1995 Headline shows & festivals
Herzeleid Tour 1995
08.09.1995 Special show
13.10.1995 Headline show
14.10.199531.10.1995 Support for Project Pitchfork
03.11.1995, 04.11.1995 Headline shows
27.11.1995, 29.11.1995 Support for Clawfinger
02.12.199522.12.1995 December leg
19.01.199622.01.1996 Support for Clawfinger
Herzeleid Tour 1996
23.01.199630.01.1996 Support for the Ramones
25.01.1996, 27.01.1996 Headline shows
16.02.199603.03.1996 February–March leg
27.03.1996 TV performance
02.05.1996 Label showcase
29.05.199613.06.1996 May–June leg
08.06.199618.08.1996 Festival leg
29.06.1996 Special show
17.08.1996 Headline show
27.09.1996 "100 Jahre Rammstein" concert
29.09.199612.10.1996 Autumn leg

Support

Club Tour

Herzeleid Tour

Notable concerts

Club tour

Herzeleid tour

Average setlist

The setlist changed a lot over the years and there is not much information about the Herzeleid tour setlists overall, so there is no definite average setlist, but it would usually stay the same for several consecutive concerts.

1994 Setlists

There is not much information about the 1994 setlists, but there are two known ones.

03.12.1994

31.12.1994

1995 Setlists

Clawfinger Tour 1995 (27.11.1995 & 29.11.1995)

December leg (02.12.1995 - 22.12.1995)

(based on 03.12.1995 and 16.12.1995)

A setlist of a concert in Lobenstein, 15.12.1995 (differs from the average setlist).

1996 Setlists

Ramones "¡Adios Amigos!" Tour (23.01.1996 - 30.01.1996)

29.01.1996

February–March leg (16.02.1996 - 03.03.1996)

(based on 27.02.1996 and 02.03.1996)

May–June leg (29.05.1996 - 13.06.1996)

(based on 10.06.1996 and 12.06.1996)

Festival leg (08.06.1996 - 18.08.1996)

(based on 14.06.1996, 06.07.1996 and 19.07.1996)

Autumn leg (29.09.1996 - 12.10.1996)

(based on 05.10.1996, 10.10.1996 and 11.10.1996)

A setlist of a concert in Magdeburg, 11.10.1996 (differs from the average setlist).

Stage effects and stunts

The effects and stunts listed here are limited to the Herzeleid Tour, for a full overview of the band's stunts and effects, see Stage effects and stunts.

Sparkle fountain fireworks
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Rostock, August 27, 1994
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: 1994
Description
Till would use two sparkle fountain fireworks at the beginning of the first verse.
Burning cage
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Tier (1994) - Görkwitz, November 19, 1994
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Herzeleid - Biesenthal, July 19, 1996
Used for: Tier (1994)
Time period: November 19, 1994 - December 31, 1994
Used for: Herzeleid, Bestrafe mich
Time period: July 19, 1996
Description
Flake would sit in a metal cage with a piece of fabric hanging over it that would be ignited during the song. At a concert in Biesenthal he stayed in the cage for Bestrafe mich after the piece of fabric had burned down during Herzeleid.
Sparkling boots
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Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: August 27, 1994;
December 1995 - October 1996
Description
After the intro Till would jump onto the stage with set off sparkle fountain fireworks attached to his boots. At a concert in Freiwalde in December 1995 the effect was used at the beginning of the third verse.
Riding & neon lamp smashing
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Görkwitz, November 19, 1994
Used for: Feuerräder
Time period: August 1994 - December 31, 1994
Description
After the guitar solo Flake would ride on Till's back, then smash the neon lamp against him.
Burning coat
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Berlin, October 19, 1995
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Bremen, June 11, 1996
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Freiberg, October 12, 1996
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: August 11, 1995 - October 12, 1996
Description
August - December 1995: Till's right sleeve would be set on fire.

January 1996 - August 18, 1996: Both sleeves would be set on fire.

September 27, 1996 - October 12, 1996: New coat - both sleeves and the back of the coat would be set on fire.
Sparkling gloves
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Stuttgart, December 7, 1995
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
Time period: November 1995 - October 1996
Description
During the "Sex ist eine Schlacht..." refrain sparkle fountain fireworks attached to Till's gloves would be activated, then he would start making circular motions with his arms.
Flamethrower
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Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? - Bamberg, December 10, 1995
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?, Outro
Time period: November 1995 - October 1996
Used for: Du riechst so gut
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
For Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen? Till would shoot with a flamethrower after each time he said "Rammstein" during the final part of the song. For Du riechst so gut he would occasionally shoot after the first chorus and during the first half of the second one.
Flake's dance
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Altena, June 22, 1996
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: December 1995 - October 1996
Description
After the guitar solo Flake would come to the center of the stage and start dancing, the moves would usually be very chaotic and abrupt.
Fire fountains
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Du riechst so gut - February/March 1996
Used for: Du riechst so gut
Time period: November 1995 - July 19, 1996;
September 27, 1996
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
Fire would occasionally shoot out of the floor.
Quick flash + explosion
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
Time period: December 1995 - October 1996
Description
In the middle of the "Sex ist eine Schlacht..." refrain, during the short pause, there would be a quick flash and a minor explosion somewhere on the stage.
Fake blood
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London, March 27, 1996
Used for: Du riechst so gut
Time period: March 27, 1996
Description
There is only one know time it was used. Right before the third verse Till smashed a capsule with fake blood against his chest, leaving fake bloodstains on his chest, face and shoulders.
Burning "Rammstein" signboard
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Heirate mich - Berlin, September 27, 1996
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Hamburg, Herzeleid Gold Award Party, August 4, 1997
Used for: Seemann
Time period: June - July 1996
Used for: Spiel mit mir, Heirate mich
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
The signboard would be hanging from the ceiling the whole concert, then ignite during one of the specified songs. At a concert in Berlin the signboard fell into the crowd and injured a few people.
Burning hat
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Seemann - Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Spiel mit mir
Time period: June 1996
Used for: Seemann
Time period: July 1996;
September 27, 1996
Description
Richard's hat would be set on fire.
Doll
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Bremen, June 11, 1996
Used for: Spiel mit mir
Time period: June 1996 - October 1996
Description
To sing the song, Till would come out with a doll which had a laser pointer instead of one of the eyes. Often it would be covered in what looked like bloodstains and burns.
Exploding mannequin heads
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Hildesheim, June 14, 1996
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Altena, June 22, 1996
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Bremen, June 11, 1996
Used for: Heirate mich
Time period: June 1996
Description
Creepy mannequin heads that would usually stand somewhere on the stage the whole concert. During the intro of the song Till would bring them closer to the audience and at the end of the intro Flake would trigger their explosion.
Burning mannequin heads
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Stavenhagen, July 6, 1996
Used for: Heirate mich
Time period: July 1996
Description
There is only one known time these were used. A technician installed the heads during the transition between Spiel mit mir and Heirate mich. When Till started to sing the intro, they went on fire. As he finished, he started to hit one of the heads with a sledgehammer.
Exploding inflatable sex dolls
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Cologne, August 18, 1996
Used for: Heirate mich
Time period: July 1996 - October 1996
Used for: Seemann, Du riechst so gut
Time period: August 18, 1996
Description
July 1996 - October 1996: Would usually be dressed in pieces of paper or fabric (sometimes teared) that resembled a wedding dress and a veil. The doll, as well as its "clothes", would look bloodstained and burnt. Sometimes it would be set on fire. The explosion would be triggered by Flake shortly after Till's intro part. On August 18, 1996 one doll was set up for Seemann, however Flake blew it up only during the next song, which was Du riechst so gut.
Squirting dildo
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Das alte Leid - Hildesheim, June 14, 1996
Used for: Das alte Leid
Time period: June - October 1996
Description
Till would unzip his pants and pull out the dildo while yelling the "Ich will ficken!" line. Very soon after it would start squirting.
Fireworks
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Rammstein - Hildesheim, June 14, 1996
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Outro - Cologne, August 18, 1996
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: June 14, 1996
Used for: Laichzeit
Time period: July 1996
Used for: Outro
Time period: July 1996 - August 18, 1996
Description
Would only be used at some open air venues. For Rammstein Till's fireworks were launched at some point near the beginning of the song, this was the only known time they were used for Rammstein instead of the burning coat. For Laichzeit they would be launched near the end of the keyboard intro. For the outros Richard, Paul, Schneider and Olli would come close to the audience and their fireworks would be launched.
Pyrotechnic flares
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Rammstein - Biesenthal, July 19, 1996
Used for: Rammstein, Weißes Fleisch
Time period: July 19, 1996
Used for: Bestrafe mich, Sehnsucht
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
July 19, 1996: At the beginning of Rammstein two naked girls lit up Till's sleeves with red flares. Some flares were placed on stage.
September 27, 1996: Before Bestrafe mich some yellowish-green flares were lit up. During Sehnsucht red flares were held by two backup dancer girls.
Smoke bombs
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Cologne, August 18, 1996
Used for: Asche zu Asche
Time period: July 1996 - October 1996
Description
Would only be used at open air venues. Technicians would place some smoke bombs that would go off halfway through the song, the generated smoke would be blown away towards the audience with big fans. The stage would barely be seen behind the smoke at some point.
Microphone stand breaking
Used for: Der Meister
Time period: September 27, 1996 - October 1996
Description
At some point Till would grab the microphone stand and start smashing it against the floor, then throw it away.
Lightbulb
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Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Seemann
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
There is only one known time it was used. The glowing lightbulb had been hanging above the stage since the beginning of the song, Till smashed it with his fist while singing the final line.
Fire outbursts
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Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Laichzeit
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
There is only one known time it was used. After the intro of the song some explosions under the grilles on the stage caused fire outbursts.
Melting ice
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Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Das alte Leid
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
There is only one known time it was used. Before the song, a group of technicians unloaded a bunch of huge ice bricks off a platform. They were placed around a floor light where they immediately started to melt and produce vapor.
Sparkling dildo
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Berlin, September 27, 1996
Used for: Das alte Leid
Time period: September 27, 1996
Description
There is only one known time it was used. Till yelled "Ich will ficken" while holding the activated fountain firework over his crotch area.


Media

List of professional live recordings

Date Venue / Festival / TV Show City Country Type Completeness Sound Status Notes
1994-08-27 M.A.U. Club Rostock Flag of Germany.svg Germany Video Incomplete Soundboard Public/Private Recorded for the movie "Achtung! Wir kommen." Some excerpts have surfaced already.
Audio Complete Private Recorded for the movie "Achtung! Wir kommen."
1995-11-29 Stodoła Warsaw Flag of Poland.svg Poland Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1996-02-16 Kulturzentrum Stern Riesa Flag of Germany.svg Germany Video Incomplete Studio Public
1996-03-27 Hanging Out London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1996-07-19 Motorcycle Jamboree Biesenthal Flag of Germany.svg Germany Video Incomplete Soundboard Public Recorded for release on a VHS tape.
1996-08-18 Bizarre Festival Cologne Flag of Germany.svg Germany Video Complete Soundboard Public
1996-09-27 Arena Berlin Berlin Flag of Germany.svg Germany Video Complete Soundboard Public Recorded for release on a VHS tape.

Gallery

Live photos

Other (posters, tickets, etc.)