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Rammstein 'The last show we played here was four yea rs ago anditwasoneofm y favourite shows I ever ™ played in my life, so my expectations were real ly high. We've played two shows here thisyear, the first was all right, but this one was even better thasi that show we played four years ago> The people in Paris are differentTI think they understand us even more than the people in Germany. We bave a real ly trght bond wrth them and they were just going bananas, j um p ing a round, singing songs in German and it's just real ly great to play a show here. \ don't really feel tKe fire anymore; I just try to play, and on top of that blow some flames, but I think you have to be confident to do it. It's always a thrifl to play with fire, fire is extremely fasrinating and it's the same thing on stage, it gives you your own personal line of cocaine! I also really like the beginning of the show when we're breaking through the wall, and the light is shining through the holes> It was actuaEly an idea 1hadr like breaking through the Berlin wall, you know? Especially growing up in East Germany, it's like escapmg the wall after 20 years!'7

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