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Le Zénith - Paris, France
November 11, 2008

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Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya of Slayer in Paris, November 11 2008

Finally! Slayer were back in town, for The Unholy Alliance Tour part III.

This time they were playing with Amon Amarth, Trivium and Mastodon, but once again I had to work late so I missed all the opening acts…And I even missed the beginning the first notes of Slayer’s show…

This was disappointing at first, but after the great performance they made, I really can’t complain.

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Live in Paris, November 11 2008

This is the smaller venue where I’ve seen Slayer.
The Zenith is something like 6000 capacity, and it was far from being full.
There were maybe 3000 people attending the show, but as they closed a few seating rows, it didn’t look half empty.

Since the year 2000 they had always played in Bercy, a 17 000 capacity venue, when they come to Paris. If there were so few people I think it's because Slayer played the Hellfest this summer, a big metal festival in Clisson, near the city of Nantes, just a few kilometres from Paris.

But I’m sure when all Slayer French fans will know the setlist, they will regret not being there!

Tom Araya of Slayer Live in Paris, November 2008 Anyway, there were few people, but everyone there was really into the show. That’s how a Slayer concert is, once they start playing, it’s hard not to headbang.

There was pogo, crowdsurfing, moshing…I can tell you that it was a living hell to get these pictures!

The lightshow was good; red, green or blue, and covering the whole stage.

The band had a backdrop made of lights showing Slayers’ logo, inverted crosses and a lot of this stuff. Sometimes there were also images, quite controversial (but hey, it’s Slayer) during songs like Jesus Saves or Angel Of Death.
Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King from Slayer playing in Paris, November 2008

Some people say that Tom Araya’s voice is getting worst and that he cannot sing anymore. Well, as far as I’m concerned, I think he still does very well, and moreover, he sang great that night in Paris!
I really loved it.

Some says it was not the case of their show at the Hellfest festival. I don’t know, I wasn't there, but here in Paris he did great.

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in Paris, November 2008

And about the songs they played, well that’s the best part.

First, we had a few classics like War Ensemble, Seasons in the Abyss and the mighty Chemical Warfare.

Second, we had some rare songs, such as Live Undead and Ghosts Of War, both from the South Of Heaven album.

Third, we heard a new song, Psychopathy Red, from Slayer’s forthcoming album. Very fast song, it sounded good.

Tom Araya of Slayer headbanging in Paris, November 11 2008

And finally…well, when I heard the first notes from Angel Of Death I thought, “OK, cool, that’s a great classic”.

They started playing Piece By Piece and I went “Oh, I love that one and it’s the first time I hear it live”.

But then they started Necrophobic... I knew that this was a historical moment!

Tom Araya of Slayer playing with a nice background in Paris, November 11 2008

Yes, Slayer played the whole Reign In Blood album that night! I knew that they had done it before, but I never thought I’ll had the chance to see it!

All 10 songs were played, faster than ever, and the audience was more than euphoric!

Slayer live in Paris, November 11 2008

There was no encore after Raining Blood but…who needs an encore after having heard this whole Thrash Metal masterpiece live?

Some people at the end were saying. “Oh yeah, they didn’t play Dead Skin Mask or Die by The Sword"…
Well, they can't please everybody, but I think they try hard! To me the setlist was just perfect, There were 20 songs, and every song was very well chosen and it was unique!

Kerry King of Slayer Live in Paris, November 11 2008

No need to tell you, I went back home with a big smile on my face!

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Setlist Slayer – le Zénith - Paris, France – November 11, 2008

01. Flesh Storm
02. War Ensemble
03. Chemical Warfare
04. Ghosts Of War
05. Jihad
06. Psychopathy Red (New Song)
07. Seasons In The Abyss
08. Ditto Head
09. Live Undead
10. South Of Heaven

++Reign In Blood++

11. Angel Of Death
12. Piece By Piece
13. Necrophobic
14. Altar Of Sacrifice
15. Jesus Saves
16. Criminally Insane
17. Reborn
18. Epidemic
19. Postmortem
20. Raining Blood

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Tom Araya – Vocals / Bass
Kerry King – Guitars
Jeff Hanneman – Guitars
Dave Lombardo – Drums
Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman from Slayer Live in Paris, November 11 2008
Slayer Live in Paris, November 11 2008
Kerry King of Slayer live in Paris, November 11 2008
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