Young women make serious accusations against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann. Now there are four concerts in Munich. How does the band and the audience react? All news in the ticker.
- Rammstein will give four concerts in a row from 7 to 11 June in Munich's Olympic Stadium.
- After the allegations of numerous women, the kick-off on Wednesday evening is eagerly awaited.
- Doors open at 15:30 p.m. The concerts start at 20 pm.
Frankfurt – The concerts of the band Rammstein are currently receiving a lot of attention, not only because of their stage show. The tour is currently overshadowed by allegations against the band's frontman, Till Lindemann. Wednesday (7 June) marks the start of the band's four concerts in Munich.
The demands for more protection against attacks at concerts are becoming clearer. The organizer has already announced changes and fans are returning their tickets for their Munich concerts in droves. The four concerts will take place from 7 to 11 June. A total of 240,000 spectators are expected to attend the concerts in Munich's Olympic Stadium. Doors open at 15:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert range from €95.05 to €147.85, according to Rolling Stone newspaper. The VIP tickets are said to have been available from €429.00.
Rammstein concert in Munich: How does frontman Till Lindemann react after the serious allegations?
The accusations are tough. Among other things, there is also a 37-minute video by a 21-year-old YouTuber who talks about what she and other girls are said to have experienced at the afterparties after the Rammstein concerts. It is not only from their statements that young women are said to have been selected from the so-called "Row Zero" of the auditorium before and during the concerts and asked if they would like to come to the after-show party. According to the women, some of these after-show parties involved in sexual acts.
For the band Rammstein and singer Till Lindemann, the presumption of innocence still applies. It will be interesting to see if and how Lindemann reacts to the allegations. The manager of Rammstein, from whom the band has since separated, is also said to be partly responsible.
What is the "Row Zero"?
The term "Row Zero" refers to the area directly in front of the stage, where the photographers who take photos during the concerts usually are. In the case of Rammstein, selected female fans are said to have stood directly in front of the stage.
Political response to the allegations against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann
There is also an answer to the accusations from the political side. Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Greens) condemns attacks in the cultural sector. "Patriarchal mackerism and sexual assaults have no place in the music industry, as in art and culture in general and everywhere else," the politician told the German Press Agency (dpa), praising the courage of the women concerned to make their experiences public. Among other things, the Greens are calling for a ban on Row Zero – the area in which the women are said to have been selected, among other things.
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Attacks in the cultural sector, such as at concerts, are condemned by Claudia Roth (Greens), among others. © imago/Assembly
Federal Family Minister Lisa Paus (Greens) also criticized attacks and called for changes in the industry. "Sexual assault occurs in all situations. Even at festivals or concerts, a lot of people meet in one place, and there are often alcohol and drugs, which lowers the inhibition threshold for perpetrators and can make the victims disoriented." None of this is new, he said, and there is an urgent need to talk about how young people in particular can be better protected. To this end, there should be a broad alliance of politics, business, media, culture and civil society. The Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry (BDKV) was open to this. The association had entered into talks with the ministry "to advance this important process together," said a spokesman.
Allegations against Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann: Band does not want to be prejudged
Rammstein himself is met in a statement – they take the allegations very seriously. "We say to our fans: It's important to us that you feel comfortable and safe at our shows – in front of and behind the stage." It goes on to say that the band has a right not to be prejudged.
In the next few days, four concerts of the band will take place in Munich. The organizer has already responded to the criticism from outside, there will be no "Row Zero" at the concerts. In addition, according to the band's management, there should be an awareness concept for the concerts in Munich. (Kiba/dpa)