Existing from 1967 to 1975, the Klaus Renft Combo from Leipzig was one of the first beat bands whose singers sang in German and developed into one of the best-known and most popular rock groups in the GDR. Always wild and unpredictable, RENFT became a legend when it was banned in 1975.
Lead singer Thomas Monster Schoppe is today the last survivor of a band that was formative for the development of rock music in the GDR. Today he is more aware than ever of the importance of the RENFT songs as a cultural heritage. He is supported by three veterans of the GDR rock music scene: the popular guitarist Gisbert Pitti Piatkowski, since the beginning of 2020 the ex-Puhdys bassist Peter Rasym, and since the end of 2021 the also well-known drummer Olli Becker.