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December 11 2011

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From Scotland to France... let the show begin!

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After Kissin’ Dynamite and Crashdïet, it was time for the headliners: Blackrain.

Blackrain is a hard rock band from France and they had just released their second album, called Lethal Dose of.

Swan from Blackrain at the Alhambra in Paris France

This was a special evening for Blackrain and their fans: the concert was filmed for promotional reasons and probably will soon be available.

Blackrain prepared carefully this concert and everything had to be perfect.
So perfect that before the show, the manager asked the people not get on stage for crowdsurfing because that gives a bad image of rock when shown on TV...
And the cover of their album, does it give a good image of it?

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Blackrain playing Overloaded

After that, 3 guys dressed with Scottish clothes played an intro and Blackrain came on stage with song Need My Doctor.

Everybody had to know the setlist. To make sure this was the case, a girl and a guy walked on stage at the beginning of every tune, holding a sign with the name of the song.

Oh, and every time they came back they were wearing less and less clothes. One more song and they were nacked. Maybe next time?

Max 2 on guitars - Blackrain live in Paris

There was a big backdrop with the name of the band on a French Flag and Swan’s microphone was decorated with roses. We had the roses and we had the flag, only Marianne was missing!

A few months ago, Blackrain did an acoustic tour in several FNAC media stores around France. Tonight, they played a short acoustic set to recall those days.
It was the romantic part of the show, but also a funny one, with Swan and Max joking about their guitars not being plugged.

Matt.H on bass - Live in Paris with Blackrain

Blackrain is a young band hungry for big stages and months-long tours.
Although being a new band, they have already shared the stage with some big names like Alice Cooper, Europe and Scorpions for example.

They’ve earned a solid fanbase, plus a significant experience on stage. They’re very communicative with the crowds and that’s something that the fans appreciate.

The cabaret is in town - Blackraint live in Paris

Blackrain invited several guests on stage tonight. A girl played keyboards on a few songs, and there were even two keyboards during Shining Down On You.

Later, 6 girls were invited on stage, but they were not here to play music... they were here to make the guys go wild!
They were dressed very light and sexy, with cabaret style clothes.

Swan and the young drummer Axel - Blackrain live in Paris

At some point, they invited a very young folk named Axel, probably the younger brother of one of the Blackrain members.
Well, he played the song She’s In Love with a drum of his size. It was fun and quite impressive.

When they asked him at the end of the song if he wanted to become a drummer later, he replied that he’ll do it to lick some tits. Not bad for a 10 year old kid, that’s the hellish highway to rock’n’roll!

Simon Cruz from Crashdiet jammin' with Blackrain

Right after that, a very drunk Simon Cruz from Crashdïet came to sing The Beatles’ classic Twist and Shout.

The last tune was also a cover song: It’s A Long Way To The Top from AC/DC. All the guests that participated on the show got on stage for that one... There couldn't have been a better way to end of the party.

Frank F. on drums with Blackrain

Blackrain played it big tonight for this promotional show. Special guests, visual effects, great opening bands... I’ve never seen a local band doing that much to make their show special.
Musically, I have to admit that I prefered Kissin’ Dynamite and Crashdïet, as Blackrain laked a bit of spontaneity. But one this is fore sure: it was Blackrain that made this evening a night to remember.

I wish them the best for the future, so they can become the first respectable Glam / Hard Rock band from France.

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Setlist Blackrain – Alhambra - Paris, France – December 11 2011

01. Need My Doctor
02. Into The Groove
03. Heart Screams
04. Get A Gun
05. Dead Boy
06. Baby Shot Me Down
07. Addicted To Failure (Acoustic version)
08. Shining Down On You (Acoustic version, with 2 keyboards)
09. Innocent Rosie
10. Overloaded (Special guest: Cabaret Girls)
11. Rock'n'Jive
12. Rock Your City
13. Burn'n'die
14. True Girls
15. She's In Love
16. Twist and Shout (with Simon Cruz)
17. It's A Long Way To The Top

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Blackrain Line-up:

Swan – Vocals / Guitars
Max 2 – Guitars
Matt.H – Bass
Frank F – Drums
Max2 and a girls as guest keyboardist - Blackrain live at the Alhambra
Rock Your City - Blackrain live at the Alhambra
Swan and Matt.H with Blackrain, live at the Alhambra in Paris
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