Rammstein To Headline One-Off Las Vegas Show With Korn + Stone Sour

U.S. fans, you’ll get another crack at seeing Rammstein live this summer. The band has just announced that they’ll be playing Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on July 1 with Korn and Stone Sour.

The show is being put on by Danny Wimmer Presents and Live Nation Las Vegas with tickets set to go on sale Friday, March 31 at noon PT. Tickets start at $49.50 and special VIP upgrades will also be available for additional $99. VIP upgrades include custom event poster, dedicated entrance to the venue, access to VIP-only lounge at Hyde, commemorative laminate and a commemorative patch. Be sure to head over to AXS.com to purchase tickets to what’s guaranteed to be one of the top shows of the year.

“Vegas is known to push the limits, and this will be a night of over-the-top experiences. This show is going to be a wild night and a great way to add some fireworks to your 4th of July weekend,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

Rammstein just revealed earlier today (March 24) that their Rammstein: Paris DVD will arrive on May 19. The concert will be available in both DVD and CD format. The band will also be playing a limited number of U.S. dates this year, with the Las Vegas show being one of them. Stay up to date on their performances here.

Meanwhile, they’ll be teaming up for this special show with one of the top tour packages of the summer. Korn and Stone Stour previously announced their plans for a major summer tour, and the Las Vegas show is certainly bolstered by the addition of Rammstein. Korn are touring in support of the 2016 album The Serenity of Suffering, while Stone Sour are working their way toward a June release for their Hydrograd album.

So mark these key dates down on your calendar — March 31 at noon PT for ticket on-sales and July 1 for the actual concert featuring Rammstein, Korn and Stone Sour at Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena.

Germany’s biggest rock export Rammstein was formed in 1993 by an assembly of factory-weary proletarians raised in East Germany. The sextet is comprised of hulking vocalist and one-time Olympic swimming hopeful Till Lindemann, guitarists Richard Kruspe and Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, drummer Christoph Schneider, and keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz. They originally took their name from a German air force base where 80 people were injured or killed as the result of a crash during a 1988 American Air Force air show. However, as their popularity increased, they tried to distance themselves from the tragedy, opting for the literal translation of “stone battering ram.” That latter description was apt, as the band’s brand of muscular metal hits just as hard. The band’s first album, 1995’s Herzeleid, combined metal riffs with early Depeche Mode-inspired sheen and a faint Euro-disco heartbeat. Two tracks from the album — “Heirate Mich” and “Rammstein” — would help break the band in the United States when Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor included them on the soundtrack to David Lynch‘s film Lost Highway. Word of the band’s on-stage antics — which included the use of heavy pyrotechnics and over-the-top theatrics — began to spread, just in time for the release of their sophomore set.

Sehnsucht arrived in 1997 and would prove to be the battering ram that busted down the gates of the international market. Including their most iconic song, “Du Hast,” Sehnsucht topped the German charts upon release and landed Rammstein opening slots for KMFDM and the inaugural Family Values tour, which included Korn, Ice Cube, Orgy, and Limp Bizkit. Despite the obvious language barrier, the band soon found themselves on MTV’s TRL and received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. The album would eventually go platinum in the United States. They released their first live album, Live Aus Berlin, in 1999 and quickly returned to the studio for its follow-up.

Riding the wave of success spawned from Sehnsucht‘s surprise international performance, Rammstein returned with Mutter in 2001. Whereas Herzeleid debuted a band focused on fusion and Sehnsucht further developed their hybrid metal sound, Mutter would solidify Rammstein as a formidable force, incorporating lush orchestral layers to their riffs-and-rhythms attack. Darker and more dramatic than its predecessors, it spawned six singles — including “Links 2-3-4,” “Sonne,” “Ich Will,” and “Feuer Frei!” — and their most expensive music videos to date. Mutter topped the charts in Germany and Austria and charted internationally, reaching number 77 in the United States. The band embarked on yet another international tour, amplifying the danger and excitement with even bigger pyrotechnic arrangements.

Three years later, Rammstein released the first of a pair of albums recorded during the same sessions. Reise, Reise contained more of the orchestral atmospherics found on Mutter, while expanding Rammstein‘s linguistic wheelhouse with the addition of an English chorus on the satirical “Amerika” and a Russian flourish courtesy of Estonian singer Viktoria Fersh on the apocalyptic “Moskau.” A year later, the band released the companion album Rosenrot, which included a handful of songs from the Reise sessions. Originally titled Reise, Reise: Vol. Two, Rosenrot featured some of Rammstein‘s heaviest and hardest-hitting songs, a duet with TexasSharleen Spiteri, and a foray into Spanish with Carmen Zapata on the deranged mariachi-metal “Te Quiero Puta!” The album crashed the Top Ten in nearly 15 countries, peaking at number 47 in the United States.

Their third release in as many years, Volkerball, was a three-disc CD/DVD collection that chronicled their 2005 world tour. It included recordings from France, England, Japan, and Russia, and went to number one in Germany, Finland, Mexico, and Russia.

Rammstein remained relatively quiet in the years that followed. They wouldn’t return until 2009 with Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da, their first collection of new material in five years and sixth studio LP overall. Pushing the limits of their delightfully tacky and perverse sense of humor, a limited edition of the album was packed in a metal suitcase that also housed six sex toys, precisely molded after each member of the band. Further stoking controversy, the video for lead single “Pussy” — starring actual adult film stars — made its debut online and the album was slapped with a censorship label in Germany for its album artwork. Liebe would be Rammstein‘s highest-charting album to date, topping nine European charts and finally breaking the band into the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The accompanying international tour was a massive success, selling out Madison Square Garden in minutes (commemorated on their 2015 concert documentary Rammstein in Amerika) and prompting the addition of another leg of American dates.

After 16 eventful years, Rammstein released their first greatest-hits collection in 2011. Made in Germany 1995-2011 included a disc of their biggest songs (and new track “Mein Land”) as well as a remix album and DVDs of all their music videos (and the making-ofs). In the years that followed, they would continue to play one-off dates and headline festivals around the world. Another concert video, Raimmstein: Paris, made a run in cinemas in 2016 before seeing widespread release the following year as a DVD and live album.

Korn‘s cathartic alternative metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge during the post-grunge era of the late ’90s. The band began their existence as the Bakersfield, California-based metal band LAPD, which included guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch, bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and drummer David Silveria. After issuing an LP in 1993, the members of LAPD crossed paths with Jonathan Davis, a mortuary science student moonlighting as the lead vocalist for the local group Sexart. They soon asked Davis to join the band, and upon his arrival the quintet rechristened itself Korn. They recorded their demo, Neidermayer’s Mind, in 1993 with producer Ross Robinson (Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot), who would go on to be one of the most sought-after rock producers of the late ’90s and early aughts.

After signing to Epic’s Immortal imprint, they issued their debut self-titled album in late 1994. With a relentless tour schedule that included stints opening for Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and 311, the record slowly but steadily rose in the charts, eventually going gold on the back of hit single “Blind.” Combining dark lyrical content about child abuse, molestation, discrimination, and drug addiction, hip-hop influences, and downtuned guitar sludge, Korn were unintentionally at the forefront of the movement that would be dubbed nu-metal.

The band’s 1996 Grammy-nominated follow-up, Life Is Peachy, was a more immediate smash, reaching the number three spot on the pop album charts. The album featured “A.D.I.D.A.S.” and a cover of Ice Cube‘s “Wicked” with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. The following summer, they headlined Lollapalooza, but were forced to drop off the tour when Shaffer was diagnosed with viral meningitis. With increased exposure, the band also began to attract controversy, making national headlines when a student in Zeeland, Michigan, was suspended for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the group’s logo (the school’s principal later declared their music “indecent, vulgar, and obscene,” prompting the band to issue a cease-and-desist order).

In 1998, Korn released Follow the Leader, their biggest hit to date. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200, spawning the hit singles “Got the Life” and “Freak on a Leash.” They won a Grammy for the “Freak on a Leash” video and, among the boy bands and pop starlets, conquered MTV’s Total Request Live. That same year, the band kicked off the inaugural stint of their Family Values tour, featuring a lineup that consisted of friends and contemporaries Limp Bizkit, rapper Ice Cube, German industrial metal band Rammstein, and the first signees to Davis‘ imprint Elementree Records, Orgy. Follow the Leader eventually went quintuple platinum and sold over ten-million copies worldwide.

After capping off their summer with a slot on the main stage of Woodstock ’99, they began promotion for their fourth effort, Issues. Featuring the singles “Falling Away from Me,” “Make Me Bad,” and “Somebody Someone,” Issues continued Korn‘s dominance on MTV, rock radio, and the Billboard charts, debuting at number one. The band toured behind the album on the Sick & Twisted Tour with Staind, P.O.D., Papa Roach, and Powerman 5000. Even when Silveria was sidelined by a back injury, the band forged ahead with former Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin (Silveria later returned amid rumors of leaving the band for a fashion career, but these stemmed from some modeling work he had done before his injury.) An American stadium tour dubbed Summer Sanitarium followed later that year with Metallica, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down also on the bill. Before the release of their next album, Fieldy released a gangsta rap album and Davis scored the film Queen of the Damned. At the end of 2001, the band reunited as a unit and entered the studio.

Just as the band’s popularity reached a dizzying high, they unveiled a new sound that featured more instrumental experimentation and more singing on Davis‘ part. The Grammy-winning Untouchables arrived in the summer of 2002, debuting at number two behind Eminem, and featured the singles “Here to Stay” and “Thoughtless.” Korn did a run of Ozzfest dates in support, and the album was another smash hit, selling over five-million copies worlwide.

Shortly after, the band released the self-produced Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003. Touted by Korn as a reconsideration of their sound (they even included a reworking of Neidermayer demo track “Alive”), the album was accompanied by the Back to Basics tour, which saw the band playing smaller venues with old friends Limp Bizkit. Despite the album going multi-platinum, this era would mark the start of the band’s decline in mainstream popularity, a period made even worse by the departure of founding guitarist Welch, who left the band in 2005 after converting to Christianity.

Korn forged forth, playing shows that summer as a quartet and signing an expansive recording and development deal with Virgin. The following December they released See You on the Other Side, a number three hit that featured a batch of hook-ready songs co-written with hitmaking pop production team the Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears). Other Side would be the band’s final work with their founding drummer Silveria, who left the band in 2006. Live & Rare was released that same year, with the live acoustic recording MTV Unplugged — featuring Robert Smith of the Cure and Amy Lee of Evanescence — following in March 2007. Later that year, the band resurfaced with an underwhelming album that was purposely left untitled (sometimes referred to as Korn II). Without Silveria, the band enlisted guest drummers to contribute in the studio, including Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion), and even Jonathan Davis himself. The band eventually found a permanent replacement by way of Army of Anyone‘s Ray Luzier. In 2010, Korn signed with Roadrunner Records and brought Ross Robinson back to the fold. Their ninth album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, was both a return to form and safe retread, signaling the revitalization of the band.

Looking to expand in risky new directions, Korn sought out electronic producers like Skrillex and Noisia, who helped them infuse their already heavy sound with pounding dubstep on their electronic-tinged tenth album, 2011’s The Path of Totality. The effort debuted atop the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart and was their 11th LP to arrive in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Their new sound was chronicled live the following year on Live at the Hollywood Palladium.

In May 2012, prodigal guitarist Welch guested with the band on a version of “Blind” at a show in North Carolina. Exactly a year later, he announced that he had officially rejoined the band. With the (almost) original lineup back together, Korn set to work on their 11th album. The Paradigm Shift, Welch‘s first album with Korn in a decade, appeared in October of 2013. Inspired by the melodic brutality of Issues and Untouchables, The Paradigm Shift debuted in the Top Ten on the American, German, Austrian, and Australian charts. For the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut, Korn embarked on a tour playing Korn in its entirety.

In 2015, the band returned to the studio to record their 12th LP. The Serenity of Suffering was released in late 2016. It featured the lead single “Rotting in Vain” and a guest appearance by Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor on “A Different World.”

Korn at Arizona Bike Week 2017

Although Slipknot made their mainstream debut in the late ’90s, singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root got their start a few years prior in Stone Sour. Described as a cross between Metallica and Alice in Chains, the group spent several years playing the Iowa bar circuit before the two men joined Slipknot. Stone Sour re-formed in the early 2000s, though, and quickly distinguished themselves with a pair of gold-selling albums and three Grammy nominations.

The band’s reunion began in early 2002, when Root and Taylor contacted original guitarist Josh Rand and bassist Sean Economaki about recording a full-length Stone Sour album. The bandmates had released several demos during their initial time together, and some of those songs were re-recorded for Stone Sour’s self-titled debut, which earned two Grammy nominations and was RIAA-certified gold. Drafting in drummer Joel Ekman, the band released a song for the Spider-Man soundtrack (“Bother,” credited only to Taylor) while recording the album in Los Angeles. A tour followed, and Stone Sour took a short break while Taylor and Root returned their attention to Slipknot for the recording of Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.
Several years later, the band returned to the studio to work on a second album. Come What(ever) May was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and released in August 2006, where it hit number four on the Billboard charts and spawned the successful single “Through Glass.” Stone Sour hit the road that same year on the Family Values tour with high-profile headliners Deftones and Korn, and they released a digital concert album, Live in Moscow, in 2007. Once the touring was over, Corey Taylor and Jim Root shifted their focus to Slipknot once again, this time for the creation of 2008’s All Hope Is Gone.

Stone Sour’s hiatus was shorter this time around, though, as the group returned in 2010 with a new album, Audio Secrecy, a more subdued effort that found the bandmembers maturing as songwriters. This trend continued into 2012 with their next release, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 1, which would be the first part of an ambitious concept double album. A year later, in 2013, Stone Sour released the second part, House of Gold & Bones, Pt. 2. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi


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