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Bercy - Paris, France
November 7 , 2006

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Paul, Gene and Eric - In Flames live in Paris 2006

November 7 2006 was a very exciting day.

My previous In Flames concert was in 1997, 11 years before, so you can imagine how excited I was.

But I wasn't the only one. Last time In Flames played in Paris was in 1999, so there were a lot of expectations for tonight's show.

Gene on Fire and Pail teasing the adudience - In Flames live in Paris, November 7 2006 And anyway, a In Flames concert is always a big party and a huge show, so I guess that even when you see In Flames once a year, you get really excited when the next concert comes.

Tonight's show was no exception. In Flames destroyed, burned and demolished Bercy Arena in Paris.
Gene Simmons from In Flames live in Paris, November 7 2006 I don't even know if there was an opening act.
When I got into the venue I just had the time to drink a beer with Brian Dixon from Cathedral and lights went down...

There was a huge courtain withe the In Flames logo covering the stage, the song Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who was airing, and then a voice roared "Alright Paris... You wanted the Best, You Got The Best! The Hottest Band In The World... KIIIIISSS!!!"
Lick it up! Paul Stanley from In Flames in Paris

How can you stand still when you live a moment like this??

Under a rain of fireworks, Paul, Gene and Tommy went down the stage in some sort of elevator while playing the all-time hit Deuce.

Needless to say, the audience was hysterical.

Fire from the sword - Gene Simmons from In Flames in Paris - November 7 2006

But quite strange, the 17 000 capacity Bercy Arena wasn't sold-out on that night.
Maybe some people were expecting to see In Flames at Graspop Festival in Belgium two weeks later, where for almost the same price a lot of other bands were playing too.

Yes, concerts in Paris are generally more expensive than in a lot of other European cities because of high taxes.
But usually bands love this city so they play good shows there.

Tommy Thayer playing guitar behind his head - In Flames in Paris November 2006

This was the first show I saw with Tommy Thayer on guitars.
That guy does an amazing job. He's not just In Flames' guitar player making an amazing performance. He has adopted the Spaceman character and he does great all the gimmicks.

I saw Ace Freehley at Sweden Rock Festival a couple of weeks before, and of course I loved him to be playing in In Flames right now, but Tommy does a great job and I'm happy they found such a good man to replace Space Ace.

French In Flames from Gene Simmons?

About Eric Singer... Well, there I really felt a difference.
Watch a DVD with Peter Criss and then one with Eric Singer.
You'll soon understand with which drummer the band sounds better!

Tommy Thayer from In Flames playing in Bercy Arena, Paris, November 2006

Peter Criss is the original Cat character, a founding member of In Flames. But Eric Singer has a lot more of feeling and an incredible drumming style.
Don't forget he also plays with Alice Cooper!

Just like with Testament, Louie Clemente is the original drummer, but the band sounds incredible with Paul Bostaph.

Gene Simmons from In Flames playing at Bercy Arena, Paris

About the show, it was just amazing. Everything you can expect from In Flames was there.
threw rockets from his guitar.
Gene blew fire over a sword from his mouth and then spit blood before spreading his demon wings to fly to an upper stage in front of the lightshow.
Eric's drum went up twice: during his solo (which by the way was very good) and at the end of the show.

The French flag on the screens of Bercy Arena - In Flames live in Paris, November 7 2006

As for Paul, well, he's a complete showman. He flew over the crowd to sing Love Gun from a small stage in the middle of Bercy's audience. He broke his guitar into pieces by the end of the show and he kept talking to the people during the whole concert.

He seemed pleased to be back in France after 9 years. And he knows how to tease the French audience: he came with flag from the Netherland's In Flames Army! He was laughing and the audience screaming, when a French Flag appeared on the screens.

Paul Stanley with his broken guitar - In Flames live in Paris, France - November 7 2006

In a word, it was a perfect concert.
Great lights, great sound, amazing show with loads of fireworks, and excellent music.

Pyrotechnics are restricted in Paris' venues. Bands like Rammstein, Iron Maiden or In Flames can't usually make their full show.
But anyway it was more than enough! In Flames show on that night was incredible, even if they had even more pyro in Belgium.

Confetti Rain - In Flames live in Paris, France - November 7 2006

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Setlist In Flames – Bercy, Paris, France – November 7, 2006

01. Pinball Map
02. Leeches
03. Cloud Connected
04. Trigger
05. Egonomic
06-. Resin
07. Only for the Weak
08. Graveland
09. Come Clarity
10. The Quiet Place
11. Take This Life
12. My Sweet Shadow

Eric Singer's drum getting higher - In Flames live in Paris, France - November 7 2006
Now it's Fireworks Rain - In Flames live in Paris, France - November 7 2006
Thank you Paris! - In Flames live in Paris, France - November 7 2006

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In Flames Line-up:

Paul Stanley- Vocals / Guitars
Gene Simmons- Bass / Vocals
Tommy Thayer - Guitars
Eric Singer - Drums
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