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Munich bans Rammstein on Christian holy day

Hannah Cleaver · 21 Oct 2011, 13:58

Published: 21 Oct 2011 13:58 GMT+02:00

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City authorities forced the band to postpone the sold-out concert in the Olympiahalle as it was not seen as fitting for Totensonntag, or Dead Sunday.

An appeal to the courts was rejected and the band is now rescheduling for two days later, as well as offering its fans who cannot go on the Tuesday, their money back.

“It appears absolutely arbitrary that a Rammstein concert should be banned, while dozens of other concerts are allowed to take place,” a statement on the band’s website says.

A cursory search for other events planned in Munich for November 20 reveals a concert by the rock-folk band Schürzenjäger, a jam session at the Munich jazz club Unterfahrt, a gig by surfer band The Drums, as well as numerous theatre performances, a matinee ballet and a morning classical piano recital, as well as a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Villa im Bamberger Haus.

“We do not have any problem with Rammstein and are happy that they are coming to play here two days later. But it is not possible for them to play on Totensonntag,” Munich city spokeswoman Daniela Schlegel told The Local.

She said Bavarian law meant that only events “of a suitably serious character” were allowed to take place on such a day.

“This does not mean that there cannot be any musical performances at all; just that they must fit with the serious character of the day. Anyone who knows or has heard of Rammstein knows that it is very loud, with strong bass elements to the music and that the entire performance, with lights, pyrotechnics, and perhaps a person on fire, or obscenities, would not fit with the serious nature of the day.”

When asked about the other events scheduled for November 20, she said that perhaps pop groups might be asked to focus on their ballads in their performances, and added that if Rammstein were to tone down its performance, “it would no longer be Rammstein.”

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Rammstein’s number one album Liebe is für alle da or 'There’s Enough Love for Everyone,' was put on Germany’s censorship index in November 2009, meaning those under 18 could not buy it.

The censors said the album promoted unsafe sex and portrayed sexuality and power in a sadomasochistic manner. The ban was lifted after six months.

But Rammstein fans are not the only ones forced to bend to Bavaria's fierce protection of Christian holy days – each year, Halloween parties are shut down at midnight in the southern German state because of the Catholic holiday All Saints Day on November 1.

Hannah Cleaver (hannah.cleaver@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:06 October 21, 2011 by catjones
You wanted a nanny-state...you got one.
15:27 October 21, 2011 by bugger
But Germany does have a legal separation between state and church, don't they anymore?? Although... Bavaria does not care about national and international laws too much. Not even about the constitution as we are currently experiencing in the trojan scandal. They are Germany's Texas. That's why nobody likes them.
16:19 October 21, 2011 by DOZ
I guess it's important for Germany to honor the Dead, considering how many it murdered, or died Murdering.
16:23 October 21, 2011 by AbhilashD
What the frick? Separation of Church and State people!
16:36 October 21, 2011 by Englishted

People in glasshouse should not throw stones.
17:42 October 21, 2011 by Austonian
Hey, watch what you say about Texas. We're watching you ;-)
18:33 October 21, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
This article is about nothing more than arbitrary censoriship. Because someone in Bavaria doesn't agree with Rammstein's music, they postpone a sold-out concert? Isn't the band paying taxes on all that revenue? This is not about Bavaria's Catholosism - it's about a few people's feathers being ruffled, and using religion as an excuse to ban what they do not like personally. Unbelievable, in this day and age.

@badaboom - you are an idiot. Get out of here with that hate speech against Catholics and homosexuals. We are now all aware that you are over-compensating for something. It doesn't take a lot of thought to figure out what that is.
20:52 October 21, 2011 by GeoGeek

It seems to me that you, like many Americans, think that the Constitution, or whatever in Germany, specifically states that there is a separation of church and state. Au contraire, that is not the case, it appears that Germany, like the US, states that there is Freedom of Religion, not Freedom from Religion, and that there will be no laws establishing a State church. There is nothing in there that prohibits religion from being expressed by a governmental body.

Just an FYI.
11:32 October 22, 2011 by biker hotel harz
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
13:35 October 22, 2011 by michael4096
I wonder how many of those criticizing this are also supporting Germany's right to protect its culture from foreign, read muslim, pollution. Most posters here thought Germans had a right to ban minarets because they aren't part of the culture but now don't feel they have a right to ban this.

Rather contradictory, I feel.

For the record, I dislike the ban and the music and feel that if someone wants a minaret it should be subject to whatever the rules are for churches.
16:24 October 22, 2011 by wenddiver
I love Ramstein and see no contradiction with Christiantity what so ever. I look forward to the day that they play Amerka at a venue near me in the US. Lighten up it's Rock, were supposed to be having fun. should find a big lot outside of City limits and put on a free show on the same day. Call it the F Munich tour.
12:39 October 24, 2011 by rutledm
Always true to form @DOZ shows what a truly DOZy individual it is.
23:31 October 28, 2011 by yuri_nahl
I am an old bastard but I like Ramstein music. I hear they are banned where I live, Merka. Maybe Europeans will have a fun drain toward which fun lovers are drawn, except on solemn days, of course.
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