USA, Japan, Australia, Europe, South America – there is scarcely anywhere upon earth where Rammstein have not yet set off their rockets. They are one of the few bands in recent years to have defined themselves very largely through their live shows, which in turn are characterized by their vast battery of pyrotechnics, which comes close to a full scale operatic production. Rammstein’s concerts are marked by grand gestures which linger on in the mind’s eye and last night was no exception!

Following a sold-out arena-tour in Europe, Rammstein takes their new “Best of” show across the US and Canada starting last Friday, April 20th — with 24 trucks and a crew of over 100 strong! The “Made in Germany 1995-2011″ Tour launches in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Rammstein then play 21 shows throughout North America till the end of May. Check out these killer shots of the band by Perry Julien when they appeared at Philips Arena last night, April 23.

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