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Rammstein Guitarists Kiss on Stage at Moscow Concert

Rammstein Guitarists Kiss on Stage at Moscow Concert

Rammstein Guitarists Kiss on Stage at Moscow Concert

Take that, anti-gay propaganda laws!


The Neue Deutsche Härte (or German metal for those of us less intense about our music classifications) band Rammstein has always been known for their crazy concert antics, but the latest had a special significance.

At the end of their song “Ausländer,” a track about a man who travels a lot and has a penchant for one-night stands, guitarists Paul Landers and Richard Kruspe shared a kiss.

While they’ve reportedly been doing this as part of their performance on every stop of the current tour, on Monday, the kiss happened in Moscow.

Such a moment is easily identifiable as an act of protest in Russia these days, as their law against “gay propaganda” constantly puts people at risk for expressing homosexuality, staged or not.

The law specifically allows for foreigners to be “arrested and detained for up to 15 days, then deported, or fined up to 5,000 rubles and deported.”

But that didn’t stop Rammstein from putting on their show just the way they meant to. And more than that, it’s obvious keeping the kiss present at their Moscow show wasn’t just an accidental oversight.

Yesterday, the band posted a photo of the kiss alongside a series of other shows from the show, and captioned it “Russia, we love you!”


The photographer who snagged the shot also shared an earlier one of the band waving rainbow flags in support of equal rights at their show in Poland.


If you're going to protest inequality, music and rainbows and kissing is sure a great way to do it.

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