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le Bataclan, Paris
March 3rd, 1997

It was the third appearance of silverchair in Paris in less than two years. The concert took place in one of my favorite Parisian concert halls, le Bataclan, which decoration and acoustic are great. With my friends, we are quite numerous to wait till 1:30 p.m. We know each other thanks to the French fan club, and we met very fine people among which some came from very far (even from Schweiz) because Paris was the only concert in France. We had a good time and we seem not to wait long.
The French fans had been waiting for this gig for so long, the last one dated from February 23rd, 1996! As for me, it was my second silverchair show; this time, it was miles away the previous one.
Arriving at the Bataclan, each fan heard that silverchair will make another tour in France in the late June and early July. They will appear in Paris (in a big concert hall called le Zenith, it's a pity that they'll play in such a big hall), in the Eurockeennes festival in Belfort between July 3rd and 5th, and they'll play in Lille and Lyon, but no precise dates have been set. But I'm positive that silverchair will be back in France in less than four months!
For the guest band, a good initiative had been initiated: a competition had been organized in a French rock magazine, and bands could send their demos to become the guest band of the Parisian show and to record one song for the next silverchair single in France! A lot of tapes were received and only five were pre-selected and sent to silverchair themselves which chose the winner: Manyfold. They come from the center of France, they're approximately 18 and play a sort of hardcore that really kicked the pit's ass! They played 20 minutes, which was too short comparing to the second guest band, I have just forgotten the name, which is not important, because it really sucked! No one seemed to enjoy them. I recognized Ben in the mosh pit. I talked to him a few seconds, but soon a lot fans came and Ben escaped.
At last, circus music began at 9:45 p.m. (it's the same song as a Parisian radio comic show, and a lot of persons sang it! That was great!) They came on stage and everybody screamed. Daniel was wearing his "Freaks" T-shirt, Ben had no T-shirt and Chris was wearing a blue T-shirt. Our three favorite llamas first broke into Slave. They play the intro in an unusual way: after each chord, they waited quite a while, which made the spectators become crazy! The interlude was great, an excellent heavy riff!
They played Roses (I don't like this song, maybe the worst 'chair song ever, but it was quite good-played) and then Daniel removed his green PRS for a black Les Paul Custom I had never seen before. Then the guitar technician joined them for Abuse Me. They played Freak (he sang "As cool as fucking you!") and Leave Me Out. Daniel took his red PRS (in standard tuning) and played Cemetery on his own (there weren't lots of girls, maybe as numerous as boys, that didn't prevent these girls to yell "Daniiiiiiel!", what a shame!) Ben and Chris came back to play Suicidal Dream, then Paranoid (I got crazy) and Tomorrow. Daniel took back his green PRS tuned in dropped-D to play The Door (great song!), Faultline (great end: "Fuck - you!"), Pure Massacre, then my fave song No Association and Madman. For the encores, they played Lie To Me (my friends and I were dancing like in the Pulp Fiction-inspired Out Takes and Miss Takes, Ben saw us and pointed his drumstick at us) and as usual Chris began the 'chair anthem, Israel's Son. At the end, Daniel threw his green PRS in the drums.
Sixteen awesome songs and 1 hour and a quarter, that was too short for us fans. We've had the chance to know Freak Show for a month, so that everyone knows the lyrics of each song, and not only those of Tomorrow or Cemetery. It was a great, excellent atmosphere!
Daniel tried to speak French ("Bonjour Paris", "Un Deux Trois Quatre Cinq - Six Sept Huit Neuf Dix.") Daniel was very impressed by the pit and twice said "Paris rocks!" and "You guys are great!" Moreover, he said, "Last days we were in Germany. Someone told me Germany is France's friend. FUCK HIM!" They really seem to enjoy Paris and France! Daniel was dancing a lot (he lost his guitar strap twice as he rocked a lot), Ben was a fucking machine (sometimes there were effects like delay and stuff like that on his drums which sound great!) and Chris had a very good bass sound.
I would have liked them to play Findaway, Pop Song, Learn To Hate, Nobody Came and some B-sides.
With four of my friends, we managed to go after the show backstage, we talked to Ben 10 minutes I think; he was very great though it was sometimes quite hard to understand each other. He told us it was one of their best concerts of the tour. They enjoyed France, that's great! They will appear on a TV show on Wednesday, March 5th and play Freak.
To conclude, it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen! See you soon in France!

To conclude, it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen! See you soon in France!

[PRS verte] Slave - Roses - Leave Me Out
[Les Paul Custom noire] Abuse Me - Freak
[PRS rouge] Cemetery - Suicidal Dream - Paranoid - Tomorrow
[PRS verte] The Door - Faultline - Pure Massacre - No Association - Madman
Rappel: [PRS rouge] Lie To Me - [PRS verte] Israel's Son

Daniel's photos (except the two first ones) are courtesy of an amateur photograph:
Rafael ERDODI - 39 rue de la Colonie - 75013 PARIS - FRANCE
Chris's photos (and the seconde of Daniel) are courtesy of:
Jérémy Mesnage (
Visit his silverchair page: Frog Show.

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