Based on latest discussions on this forum, and studiing copyright laws, it is necessary to state out new forum mandatory rules, effective immediately, so, here we are.

LINKS TO MUSIC & VIDEOS: what is legal/what is not.
NEW RULES in the forum state:

From now on in our forum users shal NOT POST TOPICS THAT containin the following :
ē Requests for or links to MP3s, music videos, or other files of questionable legality
ē Bootlegs

So, please do not POST A LINK TO music or videos which does not directly originate from an officially legal site.

An OFFICIALLY LEGAL SITE is: or, universal music, a legitimate music site like MTV or VIVA. The links must be direct and linked only to the approved site. Any links which have copied and transferred the music or videos from an official legal site to ANYWHERE else are NOT OFFICIAL.

ē Do not ASK FOR A LINK to music or videos. If there is a legal site for either listening or viewing, xTERNAL will provide the information in the NEWS section of

WHAT YOU CAN DO in the forums: You can DISCUSS a new song or a new video.

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO in the forums: provide illegal links or ask for links, give directions of any kind as to where something might be found (examples: file-sharing, other fansites, etc.). Screen caps will be allowed (within reason) AFTER a video has been made available through an OFFICIAL LEGAL LINK. Fan remixes of songs will be allowed (within reason) after the song has been officially released.

The above restrictions are necessary not because we are being ďdamn babiesĒ or ď. The reason is simply that RAMMSTEIN-EUROPE has made the decision to not be a facilitator of illegal activities involving copyrighted material. The reason for that is also clear. Rammsteinís Management has shown aggressive behaviour in combating copyright infringement.

Anyone who violates the spirit of the aforementioned expansion/explanation of what the RULES mean here as applied to music and videos (and this also includes the "making of videos") will meet up with one of the following consequences:


If you have ANY questions about what may or may not be acceptable here, you can always PM a Moderator and ask first before posting something that might get you in trouble here.

ēany links to (or other sharing sites of a similar nature)are generally not allowed.
While some videos like fan made items or spoof animations are allowed, we do not allow linking to youtube. Oftentimes there is/are illegal videos of Rammstein performances to the side of the linked videos. Actual Rammstein Videos which are very illegal to be hosted by that site - therefore we cannot allow links to youtube to be allowed.

So, links to youtube are now allowed - ONLY IF it is a fanmade video by you, and does not contain bootleg footage or footage of live performances or released performances. Stills from photos found on the net are OK. A montage is OK. Clips of released footage are NOT OK.

Please try to understand that sometimes while we may allow a certain individuals fanmade videos, and deny another persons it is usually because the content in it could get the forums in trouble.

Also if some individuals post their fanmade video and it turns out to be bootleg footage that they filmed themselves at a concert and consider that "fanmade" - then we will have to reverse the ruling on allowing fanmade videos PERIOD!

Here is an update on what is considered "fanmade".
Fanmade is fanmade. You did it yourself. Like cut and paste. You creatd everything yourself. No footage filmed by someone else no clips. Still images are OK.
For example:
If you go out and find 6 banana slugs in the yard, dress them up in LAB outfits, and put the skinniest one in a paper boat and play the music to SEEMANN on a kazoo. That is fanmade.

If you have a coverband and you do your own video or you have footage of YOUR band's performance. That is fanmade.

If you have images that you sketched of how you think the video for a song should have been and you put it to music - I think we can allow that.

Use your creativity.


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The Gauntlet interviews Richard Kruspe

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  • The Gauntlet interviews Richard Kruspe

    This inteview is already a little old, but this new forum needs threads, so here it is something:

    The Gauntlet: How is everything going?

    Richard: We are in really good spirits right now.

    The Gauntlet: Rammstein has been eagerly awaiting to play Los Angeles for sometime now.

    Richard: First of all, we have been trying to get the whole show here. A couple years ago we wanted to do it. We played ten years ago and the issue we had was we were told we canít play certain places. That meant we would have to strip down the show. Weíd have to restart and build everything again. It is kind of like weíd have to go naked on the street for a while. One thing I learned about America is we have to exaggerate. They are good at that over here. We picked one big show. I was thinking Madison Square Garden is a great name and is a legendary venue. I have always dreamt of playing there. Everyone was saying no you canít play there. We were pressuring our manager to do it and they finally agreed. Long story short, in seventeen minutes it sold out. People thought playing over here that the language barrier was going to be an issue. But if you put on more of a visual thing like when you go to an opera, fans donít care if you are singing in English or German. When you make the show big visually, they get it, they can sell that. That is why a lot of promoters jumped on it and said they can make it all happen. Then we got this tour here and it got sold out. We now have an offer for next year for 21 shows. Things are really going. It is great that we can play here in venues of the same size as other countries.

    The Gauntlet: Was it frustrating being told you couldn't tour in the U.S.?

    Richard: Well we have a different type of cost involved and we have a lot of people we need to put us on. We have a number that we need to match before we can do a show. If that number isnít matched, we canít do it.

    The Gauntlet: You can only go so far for your art.

    Richard: We have already paid our dues back in the early days. I am happy to make some money, I donít have a problem with that. We had that one show that sold out in seventeen minutes and thatís what made the promoters jump at us.

    The Gauntlet: I think the band deserves all the money they can get. It gives you more time to work on an album in the studio and not be rushed.

    Richard: I canít promise you anything right now in the studio, but we definitely will play shows. That is the focus of what we do. We have The Best Of album coming out in probably October. There will be a tour starting in Europe around then. Nothing is set though.

    The Gauntlet: Prince is playing 20 dates at the Los Angeles Forum this month and next. I was speaking with a Inglewood police officer before coming in and he told me that Rammstein fans arenít as horribly dressed as the Prince fans.

    Richard: [laughs] I donít know about that. I have been to Prince shows and the fans look pretty amazing to me. I must say, I saw Prince for the first time last year in Berlin and I was amazed. It was a great show and he is a true musician. It is not my kind of music, but the guy has everything really sexy.

    The Gauntlet: I have always thought he was underrated as a guitar player.

    Richard: Because he is such a performer and he basically is over shadowed by it. You can totally hear his influences like a lot of Hendrix. He is sometimes out of tune a little bit. He plays in between the notes. He is an amazing guitar player though. Everything he does is amazing. What he does is outstanding, whether playing guitar, piano, drums or singing. He is truly a great musician.

    The Gauntlet: Completely agree. From here you go to Mexico?

    Richard: Tomorrow we play in Vegas. From there we go down to Mexico. Then we go home and we are off for a while. In September will will get back together and start talking about what we are doing for The Best Of. I recently moved to Berlin and am also looking to live in Los Angeles. I have lived in New York for almost ten years and I just realized it is not the right environment for the next part of my life. I have been thinking about L.A. for the last couple of days. New York is really cool, but you are kind of isolated as a rock artist. There are a lot of people out here and I would like to do some movie scoring. I have definitely been thinking about coming here and doing other things.

    The Gauntlet: Like the solo project Emigrate?

    Richard: I have been working on that before the tour. I finally put some direction to all my ideas for which direction I want to go. I am actually right now putting the 20 songs together to show them to the Emigrate family so we can vote. The main thing is right now I donít want to rush anything. I want to take my time with it. There will be another record and there will be another Rammstein tour. I want to produce bands, I want to score movies, I want to build a house, I want to write a book. I am happy with things right now. Everything is working out. We are really excited as a band that things are working out for us here. There is a feeling of pushing things a little bit more here. Many people havenít even seen us live. There were times when the band felt they didnít want to play here. Things are better now. We just had to wait for the right moment. The thing is with Emigrate is I go in the studio and work on it when I can. The last couple weeks I have really been listening to see which direction I want to go. I want to go more electronic and darker instead of rock oriented with this next album. There are some songs I have that are totally different. I want to make the next record really exciting. I used to work closely with my bass player but he is busy working as well. Once it gets to the right place, I will bring the band together. Since we donít play live, we only get together for the record. It is just so hard to have two bands, especially like Rammstein that tours a lot. One day we will tour as well.

    The Gauntlet: Tomorrow is being branded as Judgement Day. Have you heard about this?

    Richard: No

    The Gauntlet: Some religious nut is going around telling people tomorrow is the rapture. He has a ton of press coverage and a decent amount of followers.

    Richard: Wow, whatever. I am not a religious guy and I donít believe in that. I hope I will never be. I believe in other things like being a better person. I am spiritual, but not religious. It is hard to believe in something that was written 80 years after someones existence. It was like 80 to 100 years later when someone decided to write about him. We know how stories go. Every time you tell a story, it gets added to.

    The Gauntlet: Yeah, and before you know it, the guy is walking on water.

    Richard: Exactly. I understand, but for me it is so hard that people believe...I donít even care if people believe. I just donít like how they use it to justify things. It is awful. It is too strict for me.

    The Gauntlet: What is next for the band.

    Richard: We finish up here, then go South. In September we start worrying about the best of stuff. It will have two new tracks.

    The Gauntlet: Are those already recorded?

    Richard: Yes, they are already recorded. They were done on the previous album sessions. We worked on the songs before we went on tour.

    The Gauntlet: When it is time to record again, do you see the band recording in Sonoma, CA again?

    Richard: Well, the thing is, the situation was good for the drums. When we got to Sonoma, CA it was too quiet almost. At the moment, I donít want to even talk about those things. I donít need to make a record right now. The next record will come but right now we are enjoying playing live. There are so many more markets we need to play.

    The Gauntlet: Do you get bored after a while doing the same show and same set?

    Richard: We donít play like other American bands that are on the road for a year and a half straight. We go on the road for six weeks then take four weeks off. We always try to really be sensitive to everyoneís well being in the band. It is important and the most precious thing we have are the band members. We canít replace a single one of the members. The downside of a band is just that. If you change a member you change the composition and I donít really believe in that. If someone canít play, we listen and let them take care of of whatever it is. Sometimes we want to play more, sometime less. We listen though and try to compromise. Everything right now is pretty much where it should be.
    "Which is better, eternal happiness or a ham sandwich? It would appear that eternal happiness is better, but this is really not so! After all, nothing is better than eternal happiness, and a ham sandwich is certainly better than nothing. Therefore a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness."

    - Raymond M. Smullyan

  • #2
    Rammstein fans definately dress better than Prince fans! I am one of


    • #3
      Aww yes this is the interview i was looking for!!! richard does say they have 20 shows they hope to play in the us... man i pray to the R+ gods they come back for a huge tour lol.. 2012 hopefully will be a great concert year!


      • #4 will, Smithy...I just know they are coming back to North America...can't wait.


        • #5
          of all the things to mention, the interviewer decided to ask him about the rapture?!


          • #6
            ^Better ask him about the rapture, than ask him more shit about the baby.
            "Which is better, eternal happiness or a ham sandwich? It would appear that eternal happiness is better, but this is really not so! After all, nothing is better than eternal happiness, and a ham sandwich is certainly better than nothing. Therefore a ham sandwich is better than eternal happiness."

            - Raymond M. Smullyan


            • #7
              i don't really think any of Rammstein would care about the rapture, their pyros would make hell look like the north pole
              DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.


              • #8
                LOL - front row at a Rammstein show is probably much hotter than hell...


                • #9
                  in a rock duel between R+ and the devil, I think we all know who would win....
                  DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.


                  • #10
                    The devil would run - or maybe just invite them to dinner


                    • #11
                      after bowing down and kissing their feet
                      DENN DU BIST, WAS DU ISST.