Rammstein frontman, Till Lindemann, was questioned by Russian police before the cancellation of his scheduled appearance at a festival in the Russian city of Tver. Set to play at the McLaren For Homeland festival on August 29, Lindemann had no choice but to pull out.
It was initially claimed that Lindemann had been arrested; however, reports have now changed their tune, alleging that he was not taken into custody, rather, he was questioned in his hotel room by local police. It is said that the authorities wanted to speak to the German-born musician about the festival, which supposedly would have violated Russia’s Covid-19 mandate. No comment from Lindemann has been made at this point.
Per a Louder report, a post on the festival website, which has now been made unaccessible, denied the claim that the event would have broken the protocols, claiming that attendees would be separated into groups of 500.
Lindemann’s manager, Anar Reiband, was also questioned by police after it was claimed he violated Russia’s migration laws. Reiband is said to have claimed that the purpose of his visit to the country was on tourism grounds, although Lindemann had multiple events booked there. He has also not provided a comment on the incident as of today (31 August).
Furthermore, a Russian museum has also taken action against Lindemann, claiming that his sale of non-fungible token’s (NFTs) bearing its imagery is “unauthorised”. The Rammstein frontman entered the dense world of NFTs earlier this month by marketing VIP-style access to him along with unique digital artwork.
The NFT in question featured footage of the iconic State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, which was originally shot for Lindemann’s song ‘Beloved Town’. Although he was granted permission to film there for the video, the museum has claimed that the shock-rocker breached the terms of their agreement by selling NFTs that include images shot on the premises.
Watch the video for ‘Beloved Town’, below.