FOXBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — German industrial metal band Rammstein are preparing to take the stage at Gillette Stadium on Friday night, and what a stage it will be.
The Grammy-nominated musicians, known for such hit songs as "Du hast" and "Engel," will perform on a 200 foot wide stage with a 120-foot tower, elevator, and cannons that shoot flames 60 feet into the air. The behemoth of a stage takes four days to assemble.
"Quite a big production, probably the biggest out there at the moment," said production coordinator Bruno Fernandez.
The entire setup is made of 1,300 tons of steel, and requires seven Boeing 747s to transport and six generators to fully power. It also requires a rather large production team.
"250 touring crew," Fernandez told WBZ NewsRadio. "Locally it depends on the needs. With security stewards, we go well over 1,000."
Rammstein are currently on a stadium tour for their eighth studio album Zeit, which reached #1 in 13 countries and landed at #15 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Although the band write and perform their music in their native German, Fernandez believes that the spectacle of the show is a universal language.
"Most people are just transfixed by it, just staring at the stage in awe," he said.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.