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Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!

The horizontal sleet of Easter weekend got the best of me (I was out giving walking tours), and I’ve been convalescing in this bed for so long I think my legs have atrophied. We’ll find out, because dammit I’m going to be well by Thursday night so I can go dancing! Lots of exciting things happening over the weekend for rock fans.

Thursday night, April 3, is a special Hard Rock Kararocké tribute night at the Fleche d’Or (102 Bis rue de Bagnolet, 20th), hosted by the illustrious Monsieur Ullmann. Come and sing your favorite rock hits with kickass live band:Ac/Dc, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith  Anthrax, Black Sabbath, Blue öyster Cult,  Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Europe, Guns n’ Roses, Hanoï Rocks, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kiss, Motorhead, Mötley Crüe, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, Queen, Spinal Tap, Scorpions, Slayer, Van Halen, White Zombie…there will also be special guest singers (get out your French rock encyclopedia) including: Cyril Bodin (Amenbirdmen) GUSH, Laura Mayne (Native), Yan Desthal (Modjo), Yarol Poupaud (FFF), Patrick Eudeline, Suzanne (Pravda), Salo, Nikola Acin (Hellboys), Pascal Mono (star Academy), Phillippe Almos (WAMPAS), Philippe Paradis (ZAZIE), François Delfin, NAWFEL, and a few surprizes. There will be prizes for the best singers, check out the website for the songlist available: www.myspace.com/ullmannkararocke  Free entry, from 8pm through 3am.

Friday April 4 on the Batofar (quai Francois Mauriac, 13th) is New Wave Day from midnight until 6am (okay, yes that means technically speaking it’s Saturday morning, not Friday night, so keep your snarky emails to yourselves), a DJ set of the best of the 80s new wave, electro-rock and disco-punk (depeche mode, blondie, the cure, visage, eurythmics, new order, bloc party, the rapture, kaiser chiefs, editors, goldfrapp, vitalic, miss kittin & the hacker, alter ego, tiga, lcd soundsystem, ladytron, swayza, etc.), entry €10.

Friday-Sunday April 4-6, are the semi-finals of the FallenFest music festival of up-and-coming bands from the Ile-de-France. For just €15, you can listen to about ten rock bands battle it out to make it to the finals this summer. One of my favorite bands, Delicate, will be playing Friday night. The concerts take place at Le Trabendo (Parc de la Villette, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19th), from 7pm until midnight. The last round I went to sold out, so get there early in the evening if you want to get in!

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