Die Ärzte



Bela B and Farin Urlaub form die ärzte with bassist Sahnie in West Berlin in 1982 after the split of Soilent Grün, their first band together. A lot of Bravo stories and a few scandals follow. In 1986 Hagen Liebing becomes live bassist. The band gives its farewell concert in Westerland on Sylt. By then they have played 254 concerts.


After various solo activities, die ärzte return in 1993 with bassist Rodrigo González and the single "Schrei nach Liebe". In 1994 they are on the cover of the youth magazine Bravo for the last time. In 1998 the band's own label Hot Action Records is founded and with bademeister.com their own homepage is established. The single "Ein Schwein namens Männer" promptly becomes their first number 1 single. They release four studio albums and give 311 concerts - including some as support band for Kiss.


At the beginning of 2001, the rehearsal wish concert "Üben Unsichtbarer!" sets a new standard for Internet actionism. In the same year, die ärzte go on a reading tour with their first official biography "Ein überdimensionales Meerschwein frisst die Erde auf". In the summer of 2002, 35,000 people watch "15 Jahre Netto" on Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg, and in the fall, "Rock'n'Roll Realschule," the recording of an "MTV Unplugged" concert in the auditorium of a Hamburg high school, is released. The band also plays another 245 concerts, including some club shows in Japan and South America, and cultivates playing "secret" club shows under names like Die Zu Späten or Nackt unter Kannibalen.


2011 concerts for only respectively women or men on two consecutive days ensure strict fan gender separation. After the album "auch" and another 85 concerts, including 11 "Ärztivals" die ärzte decide to take a break, and to devote themselves to their solo projects. Apart from a single short appearance at the Antinazifestival Rockt den Förster in Jamel – they return in 2019 with a European club tour, headliner shows at Rock am Ring/Rock im Park and the download single "Drei Mann - Zwei Songs" back.


Die ärzte release their first studio album in eight years and have to postpone their sold-out "In The Ä Tonight" tour to 2021 due to the pandemic.


DUNKEL, the approximately 25th album, is released in the fall. Two more tours - the "Berlin Tour MMXXII" exclusively through Berlin venues of all sizes and the open airs of the "Buffalo Bill in Rome Tour" - are planned for the following year. Meanwhile, due to their quiet nature, homepage mascot "Schnecki" enjoys a certain love-hate relationship among fans. die ärzte are Bela B, Farin Urlaub, Rodrigo González.

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