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le Zénith, Paris
September 1st, 1999

Set lists:

Ouï FM:
Israel's Son

le Zénith:
Emotion Sickness
Pure Massacre
Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Miss You Love
The Door
Anthem For The Year 2000

silverchair was in Paris for the second time this year.

Their day began at 3 p.m. in the studios of the Parisian radio station OUĻ FM where they were interviewed and Daniel played Ana's Song (Open Fire) in an EXCELLENT acoustic solo version (download it here in MP3, 1.73 Mo). It was actually broadcast at 7 p.m. because so many fans showed up the last time they appeared at the station.

Their show took place in one of the biggest concert halls in all of Paris, le Zénith, where they had been invited by the Offspring to open for them. Actually, there were four bands playing.

The first of them was A; they were quite punk and I enjoyed them. There were a few fans in the mosh pit even though hardly anyone had heard about them.

Next came Lit, and I was pretty disappointed because I only knew the single (My Own Worst Enemy). The album has only been out for a few days in France.

Then came the same songs as were played in Nļmes to warm up the audience: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns 'n' Roses, Pretty Vacant by the Sex Pistols and finally the loud Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine, followed by Dirty Deeds by AC/DC.

Then began the Taxi Driver music and silverchair took the stage. They played exactly the same show as last week in Nīmes. Daniel wore his black shirt and trousers with a silver tie. He had lots of problems with his sound and his plugs. At one point he shook his head saying, "No, that's wrong." He was less talkative than at Nīmes, but Ben and Chris smiled a lot. I preferred their gig in Nīmes, but the Paris show was very good all the same!

After silverchair, the Offspring came on stage and the crowd really enjoyed them. I think it was the first time I have seen such a communion between a band and a crowd -- it was awesome even if I don't like their music too much. If you like the band, you'd really have enjoyed the show.

We all hope that silverchair will be back soon in France!

The photos are courtesy of: Isabelle Sembely and Chairdan.

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