Das Ich frontman emerges from a brain hemmorhage to resume his adored craziness
The word came through last June and the forecast didn’t look good. Stefan Ackermann, the lead singer of Das Ich, was seriously ill, with uncertain chances of a complete recovery. The remaining members of the group, who were all devastated, expressed their condolences, and reached out to the fanbase for support.
After several months of healing, anxiety and hope, an update finally surfaced. According to Bruno Kramm, Ackermann’s longstanding partner-in-crime, things appear to be looking up.
Kramm, a close friend of Ackermann’s, admits that when he first received the terrible news, the situation looked hopeless and he was afraid Stefan wouldn’t survive his severe brain hemorrhage. However, Kramm is now rejoicing over his companion’s fantastic progress and seemingly miraculous recovery. “He is much better now and can move himself, speak and participate in normal life,” Kramm said.
Das Ich is most definitely an acquired taste. To say they’re not for everyone would be a gross understatement. Das Ich’s music, sung completely in their native German language, is explosively executed in a feat nothing short of performance art. The band’s name itself literally means, “The I.” This is a nod to Sigmund Freud and highlighted through themes of human suffering and isolation.
Ackermann acts a special, scary brand of insane. On stage, he wields an eccentric, evil and apocalyptic presence. Nevertheless, in private, he’s generally rather quiet and his true passion is actually theatre. Aside from that, he is described by those closest to him as a “wonderful person,” “great friend,” and “outstanding artist.”
The last 10 percent of Ackermann’s battle will prove to be the hardest. Fortunately, his fellow playmates and trouble-makers feel confident he’ll be back to his old self again soon. So, it’s only a matter of time before the audience can pay witness to his crazy antics again, right?
Indeed, a Das Ich reunion is scheduled for the end of 2012 and the first rehearsal is set for April.
To satisfy your curiousity, here are a few sample clips of Das Ich at various concerts in the last few years.
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