Rammstein Wins Award for Best Live Band
Enlarge image Rammstein's Christopher Schneider and Till Lindermann accepted the award in Los Angeles. (© picture alliance / Photoshot)
At this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 20, German metal band Rammstein won the award for Best Live Band in a group of nominees that included five other metal/hard rock acts. The award was presented by Charlie Benante of Anthrax and drummer Mike Portnoy at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where the ceremony was taped; it will air on VH1 Classic on May 28.
To those familiar with the Berlin band, a recognition for their performance on stage is likely unsurprising. Since forming in 1994, Rammstein shows have steadily earned a reputation of sparing nothing and stimulating everything, piling together pyrotechnics, antics and costumes into an over-the-top sensory feast for their fans.
And the fans love what they've heard over the years from this group, who still practice Berlin, grinding out their brand of metal, a mix of hard rock and industrial metal called Neue Deutsche Härte (new German hardness). In fact, this award came largely due to just one, seminal performance in the US at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 11 of last year. That show was the first the band had played in the US since 2001; however, American fans will be spared such a long gap between that show and their next one in the states, because the band has already announced a 2011 US tour.
This is the third year that the hard-rock and metal magazine Revolver has given out the Golden God Awards, which fans determine by voting in each of eight categories. This is Rammstein's first Golden Gods award.