Sehnsucht Tour

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Rammstein ca. May 1997
Promotional photoshoot
© Casper Pfeiffer

The Sehnsucht Tour was the second concert tour by Rammstein. It is named after the band's second album, Sehnsucht, which was released on August 22, 1997. The tour had 192 concerts, the first one being on April 9, 1997 in Amsterdam and the last on February 10, 2001 in Tokyo.

Subtours, tour legs and special performances

  • 09.04.1997 - 19.06.1997: Europe Tour
  • 18.05.1997 - 06.09.1997: Festivals
  • 26.09.1997 - 23.10.1997: Germany/Austria/Switzerland Tour (GAS Tour)
  • 25.10.1997 - 30.11.1997: Europe Tour
  • 05.12.1997 - 14.12.1997: US Tour
  • 29.05.1998 - 17.07.1998: Festivals
  • 10.08.1998 - 16.08.1998: Festivals
  • 22.09.1998 - 31.10.1998: Family Values Tour
  • 10.04.1999 - 24.04.1999: Support for KISS
  • 01.06.1999 - 23.06.1999: US Tour (with Soulfly, Skunk Anansie)
  • 03.09.1999 - 10.09.1999: "Live aus Berlin" concert film Tour
  • 19.01.2001 - 04.02.2001: Big Day Out Festival Tour (interrupted by 24.01.2001 and 31.01.2001)

Support

  • 09.04.1997: Support by Malochia
  • 06.05.1997 - 15.05.1997: Support by Eskimos & Egypt
  • 19.05.1997 - 22.05.1997: Support by Distorted Picture
  • 24.09.1997 - 23.10.1997: Support by Vitro and later by KMFDM
  • 15.11.1997 - 30.11.1997: Support by Eskimos & Egypt
  • 05.12.1997 - 14.12.1997: Support for KMFDM
  • 26.04.1998 - 06.05.1998: Support by Hanzel und Gretyl
  • 13.05.1998 - 14.05.1998: Support by Bizarra Locomotiva
  • 19.05.1998: Support by Rated X
  • 20.05.1998: Support by Hysteresis
  • 22.08.1998: Support by Danzig, Joachim Witt and Alaska
  • 23.08.1998: Support by Nina Hagen, Joachim Witt and Alaska
  • 10.04.1999 - 24.04.1999: Support for KISS
  • 01.06.1999 - 23.06.1999: Support by Soulfly and Mindless Self Indulgence

Notable concerts

Average setlist

1997 Setlists

May leg (06.05.1997 - 25.05.1997)

(based on 06.05.1997, 11.05.1997 and 15.05.1997)

A setlist of a Fanarea concert in Cologne, 16.08.1997 (differs from the average setlist).

17.08.1997 - 30.08.1997

German Autumn leg (26.09.1997 - 23.10.1997)

(based on 03.10.1997, 16.10.1997 and 23.10.1997)

November leg (15.11.1997 - 29.11.1997)

(based on 24.11.1997, 28.11.1997 and 29.11.1997)

Stage effects and stunts

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

Microphone stand breaking
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Cologne, August 17, 1997
Used for: Der Meister
Time period: April 9, 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
At some point Till would grab the microphone stand and start smashing it against the floor, then throw it away.
Sparkling boots
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: April 9, 1997 -
Description
After the intro Till would jump onto the stage with set off sparkle fountain fireworks attached to his boots.
Burning curtain
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Amsterdam, April 9, 1997
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: April 9, 1997
Description
There is only one known time it was used. After the intro of the song the curtain behind the stage went on fire and completely burned down.
Flake's dance
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Los Angeles, April 27, 1998
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: April 9, 1997 -
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.
Doll
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Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
Used for: Spiel mit mir
Time period: April 9, 1997 - August 30, 1997
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 inflatable sex dolls
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Frauenfeld, July 12, 1997
Used for: Heirate mich
Time period: April 9, 1997;
July 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
April 9, 1997: Similar to the Herzeleid tour shows, the doll was dressed in pieces of paper or fabric that resembled a wedding dress and a veil. The doll, as well as its "clothes", looked bloodstained and burnt. The explosion was triggered by Flake shortly after Till's intro part.
July 1997 - August 30, 1997: There would be multiple dolls (usually four) dressed only in black skirts, these would have creepy white masks on their faces. They would explode in pairs after Till's intro part. Sometimes they would be set on fire.
Sparkling gloves
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Los Angeles, April 27, 1998
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
Time period: April 9, 1997 - August 30, 1997
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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Konstanz, August 30, 1997
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?, Outro
Time period: April 9, 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Till would shoot with a flamethrower after each time he said "Rammstein" during the final part of the song.
Squirting dildo
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Bück dich - Cologne, August 17, 1997
Used for: Du hast
Time period: April 9, 1997
Used for: Bück dich
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
There is only one known time it was used for Du hast. Near the end of the song Till unzipped his pants and pulled out a dildo which soon started squirting.
Additionally for Bück dich, before the whole thing, Flake would come to Till, bend over before him and start walking on all fours.
Quick flash + explosion
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Munich, May 11, 1997
Used for: Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen?
Time period: April 9, 1997 - August 30, 1997
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.
Robe
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Tier - Hamburg, May 7, 1997
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Tier - Düsseldorf, May 15, 1997
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Wilder Wein - Dresden, August 8, 1998
Used for: Tier
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Used for: Wilder Wein
Time period: September 1997; August 1998
Used for: Klavier
Time period: June 1, 1999 - June 15, 1999
Description
Till would come out to sing the song wearing a robe. At some point during the song two streaks of fire, sparkles and smoke would go up the front of the robe. For Tier, it would usually be after the first refrain. For Wilder Wein, it would usually be after the first verse before the acoustic guitar break and for Klavier, no streaks would go up the robe.
Fire fountains
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Engel - West Valley City, October 14, 1998
Used for: Tier, Heirate mich, Engel
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Fire would occasionally shoot out of the floor.
Whip
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Frauenfeld, July 12, 1997
Used for: Bestrafe mich
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Till would come out to sing the song with a whip. During the song he would occasionally hit himself with it.
Pyrotechnic flares
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Du riechst so gut - Landgraaf, May 18, 1997
Used for: Du hast / Du riechst so gut
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Apparently, red flares would be used for Du riechst so gut only if Du hast was not on setlist. For both songs the flares would be lit up before the third verse.
Telephone
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Buchschachen, May 21, 1997
Used for: Du hast
Time period: May 1997
Description
During the third verse Till would sing into a telephone, thus a playback would be used for his part. Right after the verse he would throw away the telephone which would explode mid-air.
Quick flashes
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Cologne, August 17, 1997
Used for: Sehnsucht
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
During the intro of the song up to eight flares would quickly flash on the stage.
Crowd sailing
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Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
Used for: Seemann
Time period: May 1997
Description
At some point during the song an inflatable boat would be brought on stage. Flake would get in it with a bottle sparkler. The boat would be passed to the crowd where Flake would spend some time sailing until eventually returning.
Flake's beheading
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Düsseldorf, May 15, 1997
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Cologne, August 17, 1997
Used for: Heirate mich
Time period: May 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Before the song Flake would put on a "Rammstein" hoodie, near the end of the song he would be replaced with a mannequin wearing an identical hoodie, with the hood covering its head. At the end of the outro Till would come to it and hit the mannequin in the head hard enough for the head to fall off, then two sparkle fountain fireworks attached to mannequin's neck would be activated.
Mobile flamethrower
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Der Meister - Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
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Rammstein - Roskilde, June 27, 1998
Used for: Der Meister
Time period: May 6, 1997 - August 30, 1997
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: June 27, 1998
Description
During the bridge Till would rapidly shoot with a mobile flamethrower to the rhythm of the song.
Smoke bombs
Used for: Asche zu Asche
Time period: June 1997 - August 30, 1997
Description
Would only be used at open air venues or in big concert halls. 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.
Sparkling bow
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Laichzeit - Burgum, June 28, 1997
Used for: Laichzeit
Time period: June 1997 - August 30, 1997
Used for: Du riechst so gut
Time period: May 18, 1997
Description
For the keyboard intro Till would come out with a huge bow to which multiple sparkle fountain fireworks would be attached, soon the middle one would be activated and a bit later the rest of them.
At a concert in Burgum a launchable firework was used as a middle one.
There is one known time the bow was used for Du riechst so gut, although the setlist said it should have been used for Laichzeit.
Bleeding masks
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Rehearsal - Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
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Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
Used for: Engel
Time period: May 6, 1997
Description
There is only one known time they were used. Photos suggest that during the rehearsal Till, Richard, Paul and Flake were wearing the masks, but at the actual concert only Richard put his mask on. The mask had a third, middle nostril from which fake blood was dripping. Later, the four masks, without the blood dripping effect, would be put on the inflatable sex dolls used for the Heirate mich intro.
Sparkling drumstick
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Bielefeld, May 6, 1997
Used for: Rammstein (Eskimos & Egypt)
Time period: May 1997;
August 17, 1997
Description
For the second guitar solo, Schneider would replace one of his drumsticks with a sparkle fountain firework, which would be set off.
Explosive fireworks
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Landgraaf, May 18, 1997
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: May 18, 1997
Description
There is only one known time it was used. At the beginning of the song three minor explosive fireworks went off behind Till.
Fireworks shooting at Olli
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May 19, 1997 ; Cologne, August 17, 1997
Used for: Tier
Time period: August 17, 1997
Description
There are only two known times where it was used. The prolonged acoustic guitar intro was interrupted by two minor fireworks going off, which Olli pretended to try and dodge.
Riding & neon lamp smashing
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New York City, September 3, 1997
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New York City, September 6, 1997
Used for: Bück dich
Time period: September 3, 1997; September 6, 1997; December 14, 1997
Description
Flake would ride on Till's back for a while, then smash the neon lamp against him.
Sombreros
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Lichtenfels, October 16, 1997
Used for: Wilder Wein
Time period: September 27, 1997 - August 23, 1998
Description
At the last part of the song, Richard, Olli and Paul would come out wearing big sombreros while playing acoustic guitars.
Laser goggles
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Engel - Emden, September 26, 1997
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Spiel mit mir - Munich, October 19, 1997
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Rammstein - New Haven, October 29, 1998
Used for: Engel
Time period: September 26, 1997
Used for: Spiel mit mir
Time period: September 27, 1997 - October 23, 1997
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: November 15, 1997 - February 10, 2001
Description
Till would come on stage with goggles that would have a red laser pointing from the left eye. Throughout the performance, Till would often make it seem like he was "scanning" the audience with the laser. While Paul and Richard play the guitar solo, Till would usually remove the goggles. There is one known instance, on September 26, 1997, where Till used the goggles during the performance of Engel. When using the goggles for Rammstein, Till would have them on for the full duration of the song.
Burning bass drum
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Vienna, October 18, 1997
Used for: Intro, Spiel mit mir
Time period: September 27, 1997 - June 23, 1999
Description
Right before the beginning of the first verse, a fake bass drum would start to go up in flames. Till would usually be hiding behind it and reveal himself by pushing the drum aside.
Boxing ring
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Oberhausen, October 7, 1997
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: September 26, 1997 - October 23, 1997
Description
Till would be put on a small platform with posts and ropes. Crewmembers pushed the platform troughout the audience while Till performed the song.
Sausage roasting
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Emden, September 26, 1997
Used for: Rammstein
Time period: September 26, 1997 - September 27, 1997[1]
Description
At one point, while Till was getting carried around in the small boxing ring, he got on his hands and knees. Flake, who was in the ring with him, started roasting sausages on the flames his back provided.
Sparkler arm
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Gold Coast, January 21, 2001
Used for: Weißes Fleisch
Time period: January 18, 2001 - October 10, 2001
Description
Troughout the concert, Flake would have a contraption attached to his arm. While performing his "dance", the contraption would start functioning as a sparkler firework and Flake would make circular motions with his arm.


Media

List of professional live recordings

Date Venue / Festival / TV Show City Country Type Completeness Sound Status Notes
1997-04-19 Bravo TV Leipzig Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Complete Studio Public
1997-05-08 Weiß der Geier Leipzig Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Studio Public
1997-05-15 Tor 3 Düsseldorf Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-05-18 Pinkpop Festival Landgraaf Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-05-19 Alter Schl8hof Wels Wels Austria Flag of Austria.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-06-12 Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public/Private Some excerpts still remain private.
1997-06-28 Wâldrock Festival Burgum Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg Video Incomplete Audience Public
1997-07-05 With Full Force Festival Zwickau Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard/No sound Public Some very short clips were broadcasted without the live sound.
1997-08-17 Bizarre Festival Cologne Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Complete Soundboard Public
1997-08-22 Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt Belgium Flag of Belgium.svg Video Incomplete No sound Public
1997-08-23 Lowlands Festival Biddinghuizen Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg Video Unknown Unknown Private/Non-existent The footage might have been lost completely.
1997-09-27 Alsterdorfer Sporthalle Hamburg Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-10-04 Messehalle Kassel Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard/Studio Public
1997-10-23 Philipshalle Düsseldorf Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-11-19 Garatge Club Barcelona Spain Flag of Spain.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Private
1997-11-22 Odjazdy Festival Katowice Poland Flag of Poland.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1997-11-29 Melkweg Amsterdam Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg Audio Complete Soundboard Public Broadcasted via radio.
1998-05-06 The Roxy New York City USA Flag of the United States.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1998-05-29 Rock im Park Festival Nuremberg Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1998-05-31 Rock am Ring Festival Nürburg Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1998-08-22 Freilichtbühne Wuhlheide Berlin Germany Flag of Germany.svg Video Complete Soundboard Public Recorded for release on Live aus Berlin.
1998-08-23
1998-09-23 Worcester's Centrum Centre Worcester USA Flag of the United States.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1998-10-18 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans USA Flag of the United States.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public Recorded for release on a Tour DVD.
Audio Recorded for release on a Tour CD.
1998-11-12 MTV EMA Assago Italy Flag of Italy.svg Video Complete Soundboard Public
1999-04-10 River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg Audio Complete Soundboard Public Broadcasted via radio.
Video Incomplete Public
1999-04-15 Hipódromo do Cristal Porto Alegre Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1999-04-24 Foro Sol Mexico City Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
1999-06-14 Fillmore Auditorium Denver USA Flag of the United States.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
2000-07-30 Fuji Rock Festival Yuzawa Japan Flag of Japan.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
2001-01-26 Big Day Out Festival Sydney Australia Flag of Australia.svg Video Incomplete Soundboard Public
2001-02-09 BIGCAT Osaka Japan Flag of Japan.svg Video Incomplete Studio Public/Private Snippets of this concert were used in the music video for Links 2-3-4.

Gallery

Live photos

Other (posters, tickets, etc.)

Sources