Die Toten Hosen vine in august la Sibiu cu un palmares impresionant dobandit in 30 de ani de experienta: 14 albume de studio, peste 1.000 de concerte si 15 milioane de albume vandute. Cea de-a saptea editie a festivalului ARTmania isi va incheia prima zi de concerte din Piata Mare pe ritmurile celei mai populare trupe din Germania in premiera absoluta pe pamant romanesc.

Die Toten Hosen are coming to Sibiu in August with an impressive record acquired in 30 years of experience: 14 studio albums, over 1,000 concerts and 15 million albums sold. The seventh edition of ARTmania Festival will end its first day of concerts in the Large Square on the rhythms of the most popular German band, in absolute premiere in Romania.

In 2012, the ARTmania Festival in Sibiu will take place between the 6th and 12th of August and will offer art lovers a varied cultural program that includes concerts, exhibitions, workshops and other special events dedicated to the fine arts. The concerts in the Large Square will take place on Friday and Saturday, the 10th and 12th of August.

Die Toten Hosen will play on Friday, around 10 pm, in the most beautiful public square in Romania. Pushed Again”, “Hier Kommt Alex”, “Zehn Kleine Jägermeister” and many other well-known songs will be listened to live in Sibiu. Delain will go on the stage in the Large Square on Saturday, August 11, while the Norwegians from Trail of Tears will start the festival on Friday, August 10, 2012.

Die Toten Hosen, the German way of talking about boredom, were careful enough to live to the fullest their days and stirred the pots in Germany and around. In almost every year of their career, Die Toten Hosen shook the earth with rhythms, messages or just though the punk attitude.

The fun began in 1982 in a punk bar in Dusseldorf, and the following year they already had a contract with EMI Music. That’s how the Germans starting gaining traction, playing in ’84 at BBC Radio One, guests of DJ John Peel. A band with an attitude, Die Toten Hosem soon changed its record label, signing with Virgin Records. In ’85 they played in France, thanks to the Goethe Institute and by the end of the year they’ve reached Poland and Hungary.

Their first concert in front of a very large audience took place in ’86 at Anti-WAAhnsinns Festival, a political oriented event against the building of a nuclear reprocessing plant where over 100,000 people were present during the two festival days; a historic record for a rock concert in those times.

1988 was a reference year in the band history due to the release of the Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau” EP, inspired by Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, promoting the song “Hier Kommt Alex”. In the same year, the band members even played in the stage performance directed by Bernd Schadewald.

Hier Kommt Alex resurfaced in an unplugged concert with an introduction from the Moon Sonata by Beethoven. The song was also adapted by Activition for the “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” video game, released in 2007.

In 1991 Die Toten Hosen release their first English album, a tribute dedicated to the band’s idols, with whom they recorded at least one song: Joey Ramone of the Ramones, T.V. Smith of The Adverts and many more. The year 1996 was declared the Jägermeister year in German, Austrian and Swiss music charts due to the most successful Die Toten Hosen Song: Zehn kleine Jägermeister, a parody of the well-known song “Ten Little Indians” part of the album number seven released by the band, “Opium fürs Volk”, and considered its best.

Over time, Die Toten Hosen expressed its attachment towards their native town though different actions. In the summer of 1995, the band members competed in the local “Powerplay des Wahnsinns”, sports competition, as a team with the hockey players from “Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars” against the Finns of “Leningrad Cowboys”, supported by the national Finnish hockey team. In this period, “DEG Metro Stars” lead the national top, in 1991 being second in Eurocup; the team wears on their official uniform the Die Toten Hosen logo.

At the end of the 80s, the band donated 200,000 German marks for the acquisition of the Anthony Baffoe for the Fortuna Düsseldorf football club. In the years 2000, it supported the club in a difficult financial time and later, transferred all the proceedings from a contract to sponsoring the young football team; on the Esprit Arena football stadium the chorus from “Strom” is played every time Fortuna Düsseldorf scores.

Die Toten Hosen members and constantly involved in social activities in Germany, dedicating their lyrics and concerts to social causes. In ’92 they took part in a demonstration in Bonn, playing along Nina Hagen and Herbert Grönemeyer in front of almost 200,000 demonstrators. In ’95 they supported GreePeace, BUND and other organizations that militate against nuclear war. In 2002, they supported a PETA campaign with the slogan “Better naked than with fur”, of course posing naked for animal rights. They also fought for human rights alongside Pro Asyl in 2005, dedicating the song “Meine Stadt” to the campaign.

Today, the Modern Art Museum in New York, MoMA, features a huge photo taken during a Die Toten Hosen Concert and signed by artist Andreas Gursky. Numerous artists played their songs and in 2002 and 2005 the band played at the larges European Festival: Przystanek Woodstock; over 400,000 attendees. In 2010 they played in Central Asia and this is how they became the first foreign band on stage in the former soviet republic of Tajikistan. In the same year, the band played in the Middle East, in Amman, Jordan.

The summer of 2012 will be very interesting for Die Toten Hones, headlining Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and ARTmania Festival. The band celebrates 30 years of existence in April, releases a new album four years after the last one and prepares for new musical adventures.

Tuborg is once again the official beer of ARTmania Festival.

Tickets and passes for the ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2012 are available in Diverta and Eventim networks and online at shop.artmania.ro, eventim.ro for 80 lei/pass and 70 lei/tickets in February. In March and April passes will be 110 lei and tickets 80 lei. In May and June: 130 lei/pass  and 90 lei/ticket, while in July and until the last festival day passes will be 150 lei and a ticket 100 lei.


Project co financed by the Local Council of Sibiu, by the Town Hall and Cultural House of the District of Sibiu.

In 2012, Festivalul ARTmania de la Sibiu va avea loc in perioada 6 – 12 august si va oferi iubitorilor de arta un program cultural variat ce va include concerte, expozitii, workshop-uri si alte evenimente speciale dedicate artelor frumoase. Concertele din Piata Mare vor avea loc in zilele de vineri si sambata, 10 si 11 august.

Die Toten Hosen va canta vineri, in jurul orei 22:00, in cea mai frumoasa piata publica din Romania. “Pushed Again”, “Hier Kommt Alex”, “Zehn Kleine Jägermeister” si multe alte melodii consacrate vor fi ascultate live la Sibiu. Delain va urca pe scena din Piata Mare sambata, 11 august, in timp ce norvegienii de la Trail of Tears vor da startul concertelor din Piata Mare vineri, 10 august 2012.

Die Toten Hosen, asa cum nemtii inteleg sintagma in sensul de plictiseala, a avut mare grija sa-si traiasca la maxim zilele si sa agite spiritele in Germania si nu numai. Aproape in fiecare an al carierei, Die Toten Hosen a zguduit pamantul prin ritmuri, mesaje sau pur si simplu, atitudine punk.

Distractia a inceput in 1982 intr-un bar de punkisti din Düsseldorf, iar in urmatorul an aveau deja un contract cu EMI Music. Asa au inceput nemtii sa creasca in popularitate, cantand in ’84 la BBC Radio 1 la invitatia DJului John Peel. O trupa cu atitudine, Die Toten Hosen si-a schimbat la scurt timp casa de discuri, semnand un contract cu Virgin Records. In ’85 au concertat in Franta prin Institutul Goethe iar spre sfarsitul anului au ajuns in Polonia si Ungaria.

Primul concert cu un public extrem de numeros a avut loc in ’86 la Anti-WAAhnsinns Festival, un eveniment cu mesaj politic impotriva contructiei unei fabrici de reprocesare nucleara unde au participat peste 100.000 de oameni in cele doua zile de festival; un record istoric national pentru un concert rock la acea vreme.

1988 a fost un alt an de referinta in istoria trupei datorita lasarii EP-ului “Ein kleines bisschen Horrorschau”, inspirat de Portocala Mecanica a lui Burgess, promovand piesa “Hier Kommt Alex”. In acelasi an, membrii trupei au si jucat in dramatizarea lui Bernd Schadewald. Hier Kommt Alex a reaparut intr-un concert unplugged avand ca introducere Sonata Lunii a lui Beethoven. Piesa a fost adaptata si de Activition in jocul “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” lansat in 2007.

In 1991, Die Toten Hosen lanseaza primul album in limba engleza, un tribut dedicat idolilor trupei inregistrat impreuna cu cel putin un membru din fiecare formatie: Joey Ramone din Ramones, T.V. Smith din The Adverts si multi altii. Anul 1996, a fost declarat anul Jägermeister in topurile muzicale din Germania, Austria si Elvetia datorita celei mai de succes piese Die Toten Hosen: “Zehn kleine Jägermeister”, o parodiere a melodiei populare zece negrii mititei, parte a albumului cu numarul sapte in discografia trupei, “Opium fürs Volk”, considerat cel mai bun album Die Toten Hosen.

De-a lungul istoriei, Die Toten Hosen si-a exprimat atasamentul fata de orasul natal prin diverse actiuni. In vara anului 1995, membrii trupei au concurat in competitia sportiva “Powerplay des Wahnsinns”, formand o echipa alaturi de membrii lotului de hochei “Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars” impotriva finlandezilor “Leningrad Cowboys”, sustinuti de nationala de hochei a Finlandei. In aceasta perioada “DEG Metro Stars” a condus in mare parte clasamentul national, in 1991 clasandu-se chiar pe locul doi in Eurocup; echipa poarta pe tricourile oficiale sigla Die Toten Hosen.

La sfarsitul anilor ’80 trupa a donat 200.000 de marci germane pentru achizitia jucatorului Anthony Baffoe la clubul de fotbal Fortuna Düsseldorf. In anii 2000 a sustinut clubul intr-o perioada de dificultati finaciare iar mai tarziu, a transferat veniturile dintr-un contract de sponsorizare echipei de fotbal de tineret; pe stadionul Esprit Arena este cantat refrenul piesei “Strom” de fiecare data cand Fortuna Düsseldorf inscrie un gol.

Membrii Die Toten Hosen s-au implicat neincetat in activitatile sociale din Germania, dedicand multe versuri si concerte unor cauze sociale. In ’92 au participat la o demonstratie in Bonn cantand alaturi de Nina Hagen si Herbert Grönemeyer alaturi de aproape 200.000 de demonstranti. In ’95 au sutinut Greenpeace, BUND (Prietenii Pamantului Germania) si alte organizatii care militau impotriva razboiului nuclear. In 2002, au sustinut o campanie a organizatiei PETA cu sloganul “Mai bine dezbracat decat cu blana”, pozand bineinteles fara haine pentru a sustine drepturile animalelor. Au luptat si pentru drepturile emigrantilor alaturi de Pro Asyl in 2005 dedicand campaniei piesa “Meine Stadt” (Orasul Meu).

Astazi, Muzeul de Arta Moderna din New York, MoMA, expune o fotografie uriasa realizata in timpul unui concert Die Toten Hosen semnata de artistul Andreas Gursky. Numerosi artisti au preluat piesele lor, iar in 2002 si 2005 trupa a concertat la cel mai mare festival din Europa: Przystanek Woodstock; peste 400 de mii de spectatori. In 2010 au cantat in Asia Centrala si asa s-au afirmat ca prima trupa straina pe o scena din fosta republica sovietica a Tajikistan-ului. In acelasi an, trupa a concertat si in Orientul Mijlociu, respectiv in Amman, Jordan.

Vara anului 2012 se prezinta cu Die Toten Hosen in rolul de headliner la Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park si la ARTmania Festival. Trupa aniverseaza 30 de ani de existenta in aprilie, lanseaza un nou album dupa patru ani de la ultimul si se pregateste pentru noi aventuri muzicale.

Tuborg sustine in continuare Festivalul ARTmania in calitate de bere oficiala.

Biletele si abonamentele pentru ARTmania Festival Sibiu 2012 pot fi achizitionate din retelele magazinelor Diverta si Eventim si online, prin shop.artmania.roeventim.ro sau myticket.ro, la pretul de 80 lei pentru abonamente si 70 lei pentru bilete in luna februarie. In martie si aprilie, abonamentul va costa 110 lei, iar biletul 80 lei. In mai si iunie: 130 lei/abonament si 90 lei/bilet, urmand din iulie si pana in ultima zi a festivalului un abonament sa coste 150 de lei, iar un bilet sa coste 100 de lei.

Proiect cofinantat de Consiliul Local Sibiu prin Primaria si Casa de Cultura a Municipiului Sibiu.

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