Richard Kruspe

Name: Richard Zven Kruspe
Date of birth: 24th Juni 1967
Place of birth: Wittenberg, Germany
Height: 1,76 m
Weight: 88 kg
Color of eyes: Blue
Natural hair color: Brown
Distinguishing marks: pierced ears; smokes
Place in group: Guitarist
Usual place on scene: On the front, on the right
Previous group: Orgasm Death Gimmicks (guitarist, vocalist)
EquipmentRammstein's Richard Kruspe

Richard Kruspe played in his old band Orgasm Death Gimmick. Divorced but re-married to actress Caren Bernstein on October 29th, 1999. One daughter, Khira Li Lindemann. No, she’s not related to Till Lindemann. Lindemann was the last name of Richard’s first wife, who was also Till’s first wife. Sven is his Christian name. Wrote the song Engel by himself. Did not get along well with his step-father. Loved Kiss when he was younger, but his step-father tore down his Kiss poster in his room and Richard put it back together and hung it back up. Very protective of his family. Smokes and drinks.

Lead guitarist and co-founder of German industrial band “Rammstein” along with drummer Christoph “Doom” Schneider.

Former member of Orgasm Death Gimmicks formed in the West after he escaped over the green border between Austria an Hungary.

Sometime in 2001 he moved from Berlin to New York, where he lived for almost 10 years. In 2011, by the time his third child was born, he had already moved back to Berlin.

Speaks fluent English.

Parents divorced while he was a child, mother remarried and he continued to live in his difficult childhood home with his brother and two sisters.

Daughter: Khira Li Lindemann (b. 1992)

He was born in Wittenburg, Germany. He has two older sisters and an older brother. His parents divorced when he was young. His mother remarried, and he did not get along with his step-father. They moved to the village of Weisen when he was young.

As a child, Kruspe was a fan of Kiss. According to him, Kiss ‘represented capitalism in its purest sense, and every child was Kiss infected because they were so big. Kids wrote Kiss on their notebooks, and if the teachers saw it they could get kicked out of school just for having it written on their books.’ When he was twelve, he had a Kiss poster in his room, but his step-father tore it down and destroyed it, and Richard was up all night putting it back together.

Richard was a wrestler as a teenager.

At the age of sixteen, Richard Kruspe and some friends visited Czechoslovakia, where he bought a guitar. He had originally planned to sell it, because they were very expensive and thought he could make a nice profit. However, once he got back to East Germany, a girl at a campground he was staying at asked him to play. He told her that he couldn’t play, but she kept insisting, and Kruspe got mad and starting strumming the strings. ‘The harder I played,’ Richard said, ‘the more excited she got. Something clicked in my head and I realized girls like guys who play guitars.’ This got him interested in playing the guitar, and as a result, he began playing every day and night for the next two years.

At the age of nineteen, bored with the apathetic music scene in his home town, he moved to East Berlin and lived on the Lychener Straße and “made music all day’. For two years, Richard lived in an apartment with a drum kit and a guitar, and he made music by himself because he did not know anybody there. ‘It was a lonely time’ according to Kruspe, but he used it to explore music.

On 10 October 1989, prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was riding through the subway. When he came above ground, Richard found himself in the middle of a political demonstration. He was hit on the head and arrested just for being there, and thrown in jail for six days. Once out of jail, he decided to leave East Germany. In those days, one couldn’t just leave East Germany, so he entered West Germany through Czechoslovakia. When the wall came down, he moved back east.

Around 1991, Richard started the band Orgasm Death Gimmick.

In 1992 or 1993, his daughter, Khira Li Lindemann, was born. She is the daughter of Till Lindemann’s ex-wife.

In this year, Richard made his first trip to the USA with Till Lindemann and Oliver Riedel. He realizes that he doesn’t want to make American music and concentrates on creating a unique German sound.

The band Rammstein was “born” in January of 1994 when Till, Ollie, Christoph Schneider and Richard won a Berlin Music Competition, the prize of which was a professional demo or four songs, presumably to get them a record deal. They asked Paul Landers and Christian ‘Flake’ Lorenz of Feeling B to join them. Flake was the last to join. After that, the group began work on their first album, Herzeleid.

Richard married South African actress Caron Bernstein in 1999. The ceremony was Jewish and Richard composed the music for it. Richard took on the named Richard Kruspe-Bernstein during their marriage. They are believed to have divorced sometime in 2003 or 2004.

Richard began work on a solo project around this time, called Emigrate and work continues on it to this day. He has said he wants to record an album in 2005. No other Rammstein band members are involved.


He speaks excellent English with a strong American accent. Richard Kruspe is always immaculately dressed.

He lost a large ornate ring while on tour in 2001; it has never been found. One of the more unusual (but ever-increasing) characteristics are his painted fingernails.

When asked if he believes in God, Richard says, “No. I believe in life justice, that everything that you do, you get back. It’s justice and it’s what I believe in.” Still, he is spiritual saying he “practices the 5 Tibetan rejuvenating rites each day.”

Richard likes Kiss, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Big Black, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Suicidal Tendencies, and Pantera. He has worked as a cashier and a salesman, and cleaning the apartment for an older woman who had her pet poodles stuffed (one for every year).

Richard Kruspe

  • Kit Goodwin

    Has he ever used a fender strat?

  • Frau,Kruspe

    his last name hasnt been Bernstein since his divorce from Caron in 2004. Please update andhe no longer lives in NYC,he moved back to Berlin 3 years ago after his baby girl was born. Seriously update

    • MayaE

      Thank you very much, both things have been updated.

  • lucy

    I´m writing project of Richard! And this page is beautiful 🙂

  • stacy

    gotta say this is one off the best bands ever, hoping to go and see you all next year if my life depends on it when your next in London. Richard (Sven) it has to be said you are one sexy guy and would love to meet you. but we all know that will never happen.

    Keep up the great music i will be listen. loves ya all

  • Sasan

    luv ya richard. i’m from persia(iran) and wanna tell u that u’ve so many fucking fans here but unfortunately u cant perform in our country cuz it’s under the iron fuckin hands of a muslem extremists and they don let ya perform here.
    but anyway we luv ya all and hope sum day we get fuckin free and have ya here…u fucking rock \m/.

  • Gracie Kruspe

    RZKB…I reeeaaalllyyy need them to come to Chicago…just so I can see him…Dear Gates, he is so sexy…and all that talent…I love this guy. He is honestly…God-like.

  • dogmandaveuk

    Was at the Newcastle gig last week. Awesome is just too weak a word. Perfection.
    Richard is a true performer, as are the whole band.

  • kasper

    hey…. you pley good see god i love du pley you is me idol


    I love him more and more every day. He is my every waking thought and every sleeping dream.


    I have just registered on this site and wanted to say how much i love Rammstein and Richard in particular. I was the first to get tickets for the 02 in London on Feb 24th next year and cant wait, the next 7 months are going to drag. I listen to their music and watch DVDs every day (sad i know) and i am really looking forward to talking to you guys and sharing thoughts about the best band in the world.


    Sorry slip of the finger meant June 24th lol!!!


    Does anyone know when Richards baby is due? Wow if only i was having his baby he is so so sexy.
    Anyway good luck and i hope all goes well for him. Also very very happy birthday for June 25th to the sexiest 44yr old that ever lived.

  • Aubrei

    wow i want to go to NYC now..

  • Tipsy

    Wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!!
    Loooooove you!!
    Hottest, and best guitarist in the WORLD!!
    Couldn’t live without you!
    I just missed you at the Big Day Out In Sydney 🙁
    PLEASE come back before the band parts, I’d do ANYTHING to see you!
    May be MUCH older than me, but never could anyone change my mind about you.
    i listen to Emigrate and Rammstein EVERY night before i sleep, knowing that your music is THE BEST!

    Why couldnt you be interviewed by tipple J insted of Flake or Oli? At last you can speak (And sing) English fluently.

    L.O.V.E You!!!!

    Please, Please, Please, Please come back to Australia, if not, Id go over seas just to see you play. Any day 🙂

    Live Long In Peace
    <3 you forever

    • Rammstein lover

      uhh Ollie and Flake deserve just as much love as Reesh.

  • Whatever

    How in the hell is this guy 43? Damn, He doesn’t look like it!

  • HGS

    Richard Kruspe rocks! He’s my 2nd favorite guitar player ever! And my favorite Rammstein memeber. I mean, he made the band! Thank you Richard.

  • Hanna

    Don’t forget Merlin!!! 🙂

  • Antachrist

    People! Richard is just a mortal man just like you and me and don’t ask them here to tour wherever, because it tells you the band members don’t look at this site okay? and if they do i’m surprized because they would have better things to be doing other than looking at fan mail on the internet.

  • link

    richard i’m mongolian. Coming Rammstein into Mongolia is just a dream for me. But i’m a real fan of you. I really love rammstein. Rammstein is so cool band. Rammstein gives me energy and power. I listen to rammstein’s songs everytime. Actually i don’t wanna live in this fucking world. But i wanna meet Rammstein’s guys. It’s my aim of life. i’m gonna meet u in your next tour. good luck

  • rammstein_ninja

    Richard is my Guitar Hero, he has the best riffs and it just brings me to an awe when I see him play.

  • + Kein Engel +

    Before I forget it:

    Happy birthday Richard! 😀
    42 is no age for a good-looking man like you! 😛

    I hate myself for being a fan-girl sometimes.. But WTF, I can’t help it! xD

  • rammsteinfan

    Richard you’re the best!! love you in rammstein and emigrate!!
    can’t wait to see you guys live!

  • Richa_Nasty

    How do you do expensive Richard,want to report that removing wants ????? you from group and put(deliver) there freak,I you not brooch,and you persuasively ask to answer the question………you wanted to leave from group?

  • Richa_Nasty

    How do you do expensive Richard,want to report that removing wants ????? you from group and put(deliver) there freak,I you not brooch,and you persuasively ask to answer the question………you wanted to leave from group?

  • luzdecarito

    me facina… es mi amor platonico…. RICHARD KRUSPE… EL MEJOR …. I LOVE YOU…


  • Devv Le’vique

    Dear Richard,
    Your career has inspired me to found and lay dont vocals for the metal band Indeathstrial. You rock man! keep up the good work!

  • Nika

    Hi Richard))))

  • xXspiderloverXx

    whats up richard….

  • Maito666

    I Love You

  • Maito666

    estos son lo mejor k he pòdi2 escuxar.

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  • alena

    your realy good looking (;

  • marco antonio

    soy un fan de rammstein y los admiro mucho

    me justa la musica

  • Catilyn

    No I don't know his e-mail address but I'm his friand on MySpace. It's really him and he is on almost every day!

    Here is hie profile link!

  • griff494…u are really cool…does someone knows his e-mail adress or MSN adress????

  • Nadka

    i love u so much… big kiss

  • PoLlO

    alchile es mi guitarrista favorito y mi grupo favorito es rammstein

    es lo mejor la verdad

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  • kate

    Greatest guitar player in the world! Love you!=*

  • spiderlover

    hey people have u listened to emigrate i love the song babe i dedicate that to my fiance and i love richards voice in that song….. ich liebe dich rammstein

  • Catilyn

    Greatest guitar player in the world! Love you!

  • Serena Shane

    Ich leibe dich!!!!!I love you Richard!!!!

  • Abigail

    i love u Richard!you are so great at your guitar playing.Keep it up Richard.I hope i see you on your next tour.

  • Serena

    Ich leibe Dich!u r so great Richard!I love ur giutar playing and you!You and Till are the reason why im glad to be german.

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  • Devin

    What is his problem making this EMIGRATE Band It Is Horrible

    • Zuko

      your right Devin

    • Catilyn

      HAY! I love Emigrate! He has a great voice and I love the guitar solos! I LOVE YOU RICHARD!

  • Nadka


  • richard(tako0

    rammstein please come to georgiaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

  • richard(tako0

    heiii people!!!how are you? rammstein is the best!!!!!!

  • Zuko


  • richard(tako)

    Hi zuko.I’m not german.I’m from Georgia,Tbilisi.
    Do you know this country?

  • Zuko

    u german richard(tako)?

  • richard(tako)

    GEEEERRMANY RAMMSTEIN ====>>> COOL!!! after my country I love germany,because of its cool people,especially members of group rammstein.I think a lot of people agrees with me!!!

  • Zuko

    man rock music would be kinda boring without R V K B. WHO AGREES? ps me 15 richard(tako)

  • richard(tako)

    hey zuko,how are you?I’m sixteen years old.and you???

  • Zuko

    mnothing could put my hopes down when it was his bday.i was counting down his bday 4 like, 2 weeks? ps how old are you richard (tako)

  • richard(tako)

    Yes,I noticed that it was his bday.It was happy day for me,I was very cool yesterday.and you?

  • Zuko

    cool so u noticed it was his bday

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  • Zuko

    really cool thank you its richards bday 2 day hes 42 i sent dis message on 24 june 2008 so tommorow dont think hey its not his bday 2day

  • richard(tako)

    hi zuko!Good to meet you!How are you?

  • Zuko

    Hey richard(tako), i’m from australia,sydney

  • richard(tako)

    Zuko where are you from?

  • Zuko

    He looks good, he plays good, HE IS THE LEAD GUITAR GOD!!!!!

  • marisol molina

    i love richard kruspe bernstein he is the sexiest man ever and so is till lindemann

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  • nadka

    i'm mongolian. Coming Rammstein into Mongolia is just a dream for me. But i'm a real fan of you. I really love rammstein. Rammstein is so cool band. Rammstein gives me energy and power. I listen to rammstein's songs everytime. Actually i don't wanna live in this fucking world. But i wanna meet Rammstein's guys. It's my aim of life. i'm gonna meet u in your next tour. good luck.

  • nadka

    u r handsome and cool. U makes me crazy all the time.

  • nadka

    I love you Richard. you r my hero. You r the meaning of my life. I really love u.

  • mrk-z

    Come on people…he is not best guitarist in the world…

  • Erin B.

    I love love love you, Richard!!!!! You are the most talented guitarst in the world! You ROCK!!!!!

  • kenny

    this is so poorly written wtf!?!?!

  • Camilla GaitÃ

    I´m colombian, you are not as famous in my country as I wanted,but we were very sad when you cancelled your vist and now that I am jobless, I have had enough time to dedicate to my idols, because I admired you since you as a band, were born. You are the best! Come to my country we are just enough to fill a stadium!!!!

  • jellkena

    ooo richard kruspe je shumm cool , suksesee kisss

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  • Niamh!!

    Hey!!!! I REALLY hope Rammstein or Emigrate come to Ireland soon!!!! It would make my year!!! 🙂 🙂 Ich liebe Rammstein!!! Ha!!

    • Devin

      EMIGRATE Horrible

  • imortalrose

    omg he's soooo georgus!!! hope you play in holland or england xxx

  • Saray

    The talented and gorgeous RZK has inspired me to learn to play the guitar, and naturally, I'm trying out Rammstein tabs 🙂

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  • Sophia M.

    oh my gosh i love richard! he's gorgeous!! rammstein and emigrate are my favorite bands, too!

    rammstein should come to washington! the tickets would be sold out like, instantly!! i'm not even kidding! i am very excited for rammstein's upcoming album! ^_^

    • Devin

      EMIGRATE Is Horrible

  • oh yeah..

    awsome choice of music!! i'm the classic type also you should jam to Nazarith,HIM,and Billy Idol..awsome well like to say more but the end of school has come so bye bye..

  • hello!!

    Ahhh!! well I've wanted to comment you the most!! Your so cool!! i have a picture of you on my school binder and i'm not shy to show it off to the other students i'm proud to!! well i love the way you play guiter! i've learned few songs and its fun to play yours!!well im in school now and just not doing my work!..sad. well your awsome!! Hope your life is the best!!

  • kruspe

    I´m from mexico but I can talk inglish you are very very good with the guitarr so this is all me comment when RAMMSTEIN did comes to mexico ehh¡¡¡¡¡¡ Ok see you and HEIL HITLER¡¡¡

    • deichmann

      what the fuck? nazism is not only dead, but a darker side of germany that R+ has tried for years not to be associated with!

      du bist ein fotze.

      just for that remark alone you have proven yourself to be an ignorant idiot and not worthy to be a part of anything rammstein stands for.

    • Richard rules

      you are totally right deichmann, i hate people that think every german is natzi. he doesn't even deserve rammstein greatness, so screw him!


  • Rúnar

    hehe, i remember when i first heard a rammstein song, i was 6 years old and it was tier. a boy in my street was playing it and i was mezmerised, i walked into his house and asked him what he was playing. i went and bought Sehnsucht the day after, and since them im a Metal head:)im 16 now BTW,

    thanks alot for getting me into metal with your awsome songs and Cd's.

    i also remember the happy feeling when you guys came to Iceland. that concert was the best one ive seen on iceland and ive gone to see Amon amarth, Cannibal corpse, metallica and iron maiden. not one of thoose even compared to Rammstein live. been waching Live aus berlin and Volkerball in school:P

    Keep it up guys!


  • Bradly Bunke

    omg u guys r the bomb rammstein should come to minnesota plzzz come

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  • Joanna

    I'm love Richard is sexi boy

  • ivan malekov

    richard u are my favoirt person in he band and it seems like god(unless u dont belive in him) wanted u guys to become a band

  • bizzeeb

    You guys are awesome and write better music than any American group I've know. My gram is just glad that your music is helping me understand her language and that a German band has become so popular all over the world.

  • onyx

    big fan man. i admire your work and want to see y'all in concert when i can. keep up the great riffs!


    Dang, RICHARD your my favorite guitarist cuz you play fucken kick ass!!!!! dang and me and you have the same birthday!!!! i was born on JUNE 24,1992!!!!hope you and the rammstein crew makes a new album for 2008!!!! you guys should come have a show in PHEONIX,AZ!!!!!!!!!!!

    wacey les begay

  • herzeleid

    oooooooooooooooooooomfucking christ hottest man in the world, also amazin guitarist of course ;).

    Anakonda im Netz documentary

  • nena

    Richard is the best guitarist, and your the hottest best guitarist. No one is sexier than you in this whole world, luv ya. Rammstein rocks, please come to australia, you can crash at my place, my family can sleep in the car, lol.

  • jorge

    Richard Kruspe is my favorite guitarist man i love your emigrate c.d. you should do a concert in chicago you music rocks i would go see a 100 times

  • Spielmann

    Richard Kruspe rocks!!!!!

  • Katya

    Richard, you're a great guitar player and you're so sexy!! Keep goin, good luck on Emigrate!

  • steve

    1 of da best guitarists around

  • steve

    OMG!! you are the reason i started guitar lol, you gotta tour england sumtime it would be the gr8test

  • Larissa

    Ich liebe dich RICHARD Zven KRUSPE BERNSTEIN!!!!!!!!

  • texis

    hello richard! én vagyok a legnagyobb rajongótok a földön. te vagy a világ legjobb gitárosa ás te meg till vagytok a kedvenc embereim.

  • me

    oh and his hair is just…. EWUBVRLADCY(*&@… thats how good it is

  • me

    Is there any chance of Emigrate coming to New Zealand ever?

  • Ben

    Best Lead Guitarist in the world f'kin awesome. Good call with the white contacts in Live aus Berlin! Amazing Talent as well as the others plain awesime my favorite band ever no questioins asked hands down, no second thoughts, my favorite ever.

  • Kristina

    Hey guys, i would absolutely love to see you live!! Coming to Atlanta, Georgie, anytime soon? 🙂 Rammstein kicks ass!!

  • Artemis

    i love rammstein. by far the best music forever ever. i will travel a long way to see them if I have to.

  • Daniel

    Hey Richard, we're waiting for you guys over here in NYC. Rammstein kicks ass, and ive GOT to see you in concert.

  • SAM

    i love u guys…

    plz come to australia…

    i dnt care from the price…

    i just hope you come to perth…

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    • heathlindemann

      Yeah, TOTALLY! Without Rich, Rammstein wouldn’t have been! OMG!!!

  • Jackeline

    You’re great at playing guitar and you’re so sexy!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

  • Misha

    Richar Kruspe is my favorite guitarist. He is very cool!!!!!!!