After Ich Will and Sonne, all of a sudden people came to notice this young band.
Things went on developing fast and on the evening of May 19th 2012, we received a surprising email from Rammstein’s tour manager. They would have liked the kids to go on stage and perform a few songs on the very following day at Denver Coliseum (!!!).
We had been in contact with them for 2-3 weeks before the Denver show. They posted our Sonne cover on their site and sent us emails regarding a possible meeting with the R+ musicians. We were happy for such opportunity, but didn’t plan to attend their live show, it wasn’t something for the kids to watch. So we informed the R+ team about our location in the Denver area and the meeting day was pre-arranged for May 20th.
And then, unexpectedly, only 24 hours before the show, we received the invitation for the kids to play on stage…
Our first reaction was: “Oh, no!” Couldn’t expose the kids to such a situation. That was not a proper place for children. It could also get bad: make mistakes on stage, get shy or scared, get booed by the audience, etc…
But the kids were excited about it!
We asked Cornelia (not yet 6 at the time) if she really wanted to go on stage. “Yes!!” was her answer. “Ok, but won’t you be scared in front of thousands staring at you?” She froze for a moment and then she calmly replied: “If I get scared, I’ll say a quick prayer and I’ll pretend I am at home practicing in our room.” This little girl’s answer convinced us to take chances and let them go on stage.
One of our principles is that we should always take into consideration the kids’ instincts. The upbringing is for their benefit, not ours, and we can never be too sure of how much they sense, or foresee their own future, and what they need for it.
So we decided to follow the kids’ decision, but we’ve been unsure about it all the way. We went there ready to cancel if things didn’t look right.
However, when we met the team members: Heike – the tour manager, Joe Letz who tried to assure us that nothing will go wrong, and then the R+ musicians themselves who were very friendly, sober and very gentlemanish, our worries went away.
It was a memorable evening. The kids had interesting discussions with the Rammstein musicians. They took pictures together. Christoph Schneider (R+ drummer) gave the little Cornelia several pairs of drumsticks. It was great to hear from such reputable artists that they had watched our videos and liked them. Hopefully one day we’ll have the time to write a more detailed story about those moments.
On May 20th 2012, the kids from Children Medieval Band played live as an opening act for the Rammstein show, in front of 10,000 people. It was a great audience. The kids performed very well. If we consider their lack of experience on stage, the numerous audience, and also the sound which was very different from what they got used to, their performance was a great A+.
These videos don’t reflect well the quality of the show, but this is the best we got.
Ich Will – Rammstein cover
Sonne – Rammstein cover
We would like to thank the Rammstein band members for their great gesture of inviting Children Medieval Band to play on their stage.
More of this topic can be found on the interview the kids gave to the Austrian Rammstein website: http://intelligentmusicalchildren.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/interview/
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