June 11, 2001 16:08
The group are now embroiled in a row with the Astoria venue after axeing the show in a clash over pyrotechnics...
The band claim that, with two hours to go, the venue and Westminster Council ordered 90% of their pyrotechnics (which include a flame-thrower and vocalist Till Lindemann setting fire to himself) to be cut in order that the show could proceed. It was, they said in a statement "the first time that the band were aware of this situation". They added that such a move would have compromised the show, prompting the decision to pull the plug.
However, the Astoria today told NME.COM that Rammstein would have been made aware of the council's health and safety restrictions well ahead of the show, not have it sprung on them at the last minute. "Whether it was Limp Bizkit or Rammstein there would have to have been an inspection of the pyrotechnics before the show and they would have known this," he added.
In their statement, Rammstein promised to return to the UK later in the year and concluded by apologising to fans for a situation which they say was "beyond their control".
Of the many fans who have contacted NME.COM to register their displeasure at the way the events were handled, John Rayson's response was typical: "The show could have proceeded without the pyrotechnics - but the band refused. What price loyalty to the fans who buy their music, posters, merchandise and turned up from all parts of the UK to see them!"