Rammstein Issue Vague Non-Update on Summer Touring Plans
As soon as the coronavirus shit really started to hit the fan in the U.S. in mid-March it became clear to me that all summer touring would eventually be canceled. That some bands (and fans) are holding onto false hope is a mix of ignorance, wishful thinking and desperation.
Now that governments are getting directly involved with firm dates before which large-scale public gatherings like concerts and sporting events will absolutely not be allowed, bands have no choice but give up, even though they would’ve eventually had to anyway. Rammstein are the latest to acknowledge that their summer touring plans will need to be scuttled, responding to a decree from the German government earlier this week that there will be no concerts until after August 31, at the earliest. Wacken Open Air and other large festivals in the country already announced cancelations as a result.
In a new update posted to social media, Rammstein stopped short of canceling their summer touring plans — which include a European run in May, June and July, and a stadium jaunt of North American in August and September — and have basically said “Uh, we’re working on it, chill out, everyone!” Here’s the full statement:
“Recently, several international governments have extended their bans on large-scale events. Also affected, unfortunately, are some of the dates for the 2020 Rammstein Tour.
“We are working on a solution for this difficult situation together with our partners in all the affected countries, and we hope for the understanding of those who have purchased tickets for the coming shows.
“As soon as we have precise and definitive information, we will communicate this immediately.
“Until then we ask for your understanding and patience, and we would also please request that you refrain for the time being from addressing further questions to the local event organizers, the band management, or the ticket systems. An update will follow as soon as possible.”
So, in short: the whole tour will be rescheduled, they just don’t have any specific information on that yet. Even if for now the band simply moves the European leg, don’t be fooled, the North American portion is gonna come down eventually, too. There is no way Americans will be allowed to cram into stadiums by August.
In February, the band published a jaw-dropping timelapse video showing the 60-hour setup time of the stage they were planning on bringing out on this tour. Watch it below. Sad trombone. We’ll post all the affected dates as well.
5/25 Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion, Austria
5/29 Leipzig Red Bull Arena, Germany
5/30 Leipzig Red Bull Arena, Germany
6/2 Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
6/3 Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
6/6 Zurich Letzigrund, Switzerland
6/7 Zurich Letzigrund, Switzerland
6/10 Ostend Event Site, Belgium
6/14 Cardiff Principality Stadium, UK
6/17 Belfast Boucher Road Playing Field, Northern Ireland
6/20 Coventry Ricoh Arena, UK
6/24 Nijmegen Goffertpark, Holland
6/27 Düsseldorf Merkur Spiel-Arena, Germany
6/28 Düsseldorf Merkur Spiel-Arena, Germany
7/1 Hamburg Volksparkstadion, Germany
7/2 Hamburg Volksparkstadion, Germany
7/4 Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany
7/5 Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany
7/9 Lyon Groupama Stadium, France
7/13 Turin Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Italy
7/17 Warsaw PGE Narodowy, Poland
7/21 Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Estonia
7/26 Trondheim Granåsen, Norway
7/31 Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium, Sweden
8/4 Aarhus Ceres Park, Denmark
8/20 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
8/23 Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
8/27 Washington D.C.– FedExField
8/30 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
9/03 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
9/06 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
9/10 East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
9/16 San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
9/19 Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
9/27 Mexico City, MEX – Foro Sol