German metal gods Rammstein might not have scored a hit song or album in the U.S. since 1997, but that didn't stop them from staging their first American gig in nearly a decade on Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden, and selling the place out. Impressive, sure, but how do you really make it special? By accompanying your churning metal anthems with the deployment of a stockpile of explosives probably large enough to draw the attention of federal authorities. Pyro wasn't the only bit of theater on display: The band took the stage by using pickaxes to bash open a wall separating them from the crowd, and then dove into "Rammlied," one of several songs in the Rammstein catalogue that uses the band's own name as the chorus lyric.
It's been 13 years since Rammstein scared the shit out of American music fans with the release of the guttural, chest-pounding anthem "Du Hast," and almost a decade since they brought their explosive brand of industrial metal to U.S. concert halls. That all changes this weekend when the German crew returns to the States on Saturday for a one-night-only gig at New York's Madison Square Garden which promises to be one of the most explosive at the storied venue in years, complete with pyrotechnics, flame-throwers and bone-rattling, tinnitus-inducing art metal. Anticipation for the show is hot: when tickets went on-sale in October, they were snatched up within 30 minutes and now scalpers are offering the cheapest nose-bleeds at a whopping $120 a pop.