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Elysée Montmartre - Paris, France
January 12, 2009

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Tobias Exxel from Edguy - Paris, Elysée Montmartre - January 12 2009 First concert of the year 2009 was Edguy at the Elysée Montmartre.
As usual I had to work late so I miss the two opening acts: H.E.A.T. and André Matos.
I discovered H.E.A.T. in 2008’s Sweden Rock Festival and I was looking forward to see them again. It will be next time.
As for André Matos, I’ve never been a huge Angra or Shaaman fan and I don’t know his new album, so no regrets.
Tobias Sammet from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009 I arrived to the venue, got a beer with my friends while whishing a Happy New Year, and then Edguy began.

Edguy had a very nice stage set, with the cover of the new album and a castle as backgrounds. The band has also great lights.

Tobias Sammet came on stage dressed like a glam rock cowboy. He hasn’t changed and still has some of the most original stage clothes in metal…
Jens Ludwig from Edguy - Paris, Elysée Montmartre - January 12 2009 Tobias pointed that tonight there was no “stupid disco” after their concert so they’ll be playing the whole show!

If you’ve never been to the Elysée Montmartre you won’t understand that, but this venue becomes a disco after some concerts.
That’s why the opening acts often start as early as 6pm and lots of bands must skip one or two songs from their setlist on the Parisian show…
Dirk Sauer from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009

They were glad to be back in Paris after 3 years. Tobias said this meant it had been 3 years without serious heavy metal for us… and 3 years without crêpes for them!

The sound was also great and the band played well but… there was something missing.
Edguy is a band that I usually love on stage. I like Edguy concerts a lot more than their albums.
I had only seen one Edguy concert that was below average, it was in 2001 for the Mandrake Tour.

Well, that night was the second one.

Felix Bohnke from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009

They had everything: the sound, the lights, the songs…but still there was something missing, something they have always had before.

Call it feeling, call it energy, or call it what you want, but it wasn’t there: the spark that usually makes Edguy concerts so special.

Tobias Sammet from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009 Moreover they did one of the most boring drum solos I’ve ever seen.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Felix Bohnke is a great drummer and did a good performance of the songs… but his solo was absolutely disposable. 

By the way, nearly at the end of the show Tobias said “Here comes the boring part of the show… and I’m not talking about the drum solo! I’m talking about the “sing along” part”.

Maybe it was because of the setlist, which included a lot of songs from the new album.
Maybe it’s just because it was the beginning of the tour.

Anyway, the greatest part of the show was Tobias Sammet’s jokes! He didn’t stop and he made us laugh. (Some will say he prevented us from falling asleep).
Tobias Exxel playing bass in Paris - January 12 2009 - Edguy Tobias Sammet made the audience sing in various moments of the show. First he wanted us to sing an “ooh”. He said “I want the Paris “Ohh” which has to be special. The Dudley “Oh” was great. The London “Oh” was good and the Belgian “Oh”… Well it was bad but it was OK for Belgium!”. I think he knows that Frenchies laugh at Belgian people…
But he also laughed at French People, he knows that a lot of people in France don’t speak English (or do it quite bad). For Save Me he asked the audience to sing these two words, “two words that even you will understand!

Then he wanted the ladies in the audience to scream. There were not much girls so he asked the men to scream like girls: “I know men can scream like women! I’ve seen André Matos on stage!”… That didn’t make everyone laugh, but for me it was hilarious!
Jens Ludwig playing guitar in Paris - January 12 2009 - Edguy And we had to scream really loud, or on the next tour he said they would be going from Southern Germany directly to Spain without playing in France!
It sounds like a bad joke but unfortunately, a lot of bands do that for real: Skipping France from their tours...

Tobi also told us to buy the new album, because they needed money to buy fuel for their sport cars!

The moment when everyone participated was when Tobias asked us which song we would like to hear. People started to sing La Balade des Gendarmes, a French movie theme that Edguy covered a few years ago.
I think Edguy conquered the heart of their French fans when they did that!
Dirk Sauer and Tobias Sammet from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009 To sum up, it was an enjoyable moment, but I’ve seen Edguy in a better shape.
Good lights, good jokes, good songs, good audience… but some feeling was missing, as well as a few classic tunes on the setlist.
By Edguy standards, I’ll give a mark of 6 out of 10 points to that gig.

I hope to see them in a summer festival this year and have a blast; I mean, see Edguy as I remember them.
Tobias Sammet from Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009

Setlist Edguy – Elysée Montmartre - Paris, France – January 14, 2009

01. Dead Or Rock
02. Speedhoven
03. Nine Lives
04. Until We Rise Again
05. The Pharaoh
06. Ministry Of Saints
07. Drum Solo
08. Pride Of Creation
09. The Headless Game
10. Save Me
11. Superheroes
12. Out Of Control
13. Lavatory Love Machine
14. King Of Fools

Edguy - Live in Paris, France - January 12 2009 Edguy Line Up

Tobias Sammet - Vocals
Jens Ludwig - Guitars
Dirk Sauer - Guitars
Tobias Exxel - Bass
Felix Bohnke - Drums

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