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- Gamma Ray & Rage - Sep. 1993 - Düsseldorf (D) -
- W.O.A. - Aug. 1999 - Wacken (D) -
- Rage & Nightwish - Dec. 1999 - Vienna (A) -
- Rage, Nightwish & Valley's Eve - Dec. 1999 - Cologne (D) -
- Metal DayZ - June 2000 - Pratteln (CH) -
- Bang-Your-Head - June 2000 - Balingen (D) -
- Primal Fear & Rage - Sep. 2002 - Barcelona (E) -
- Rage 'unplugged' - Oct. 2003 - Bochum (D) -
- Helloween, Rage & Mob Rules - Nov. 2003 - Cologne (D) -
- Rage - Jan. 2004 - Andernach (D) -
- RockHard Festival - May 2004 - Gelsenkirchen (D) -
- Rage & Freedom Call - Apr. 2006 - Vosselaar (B) -
- Masters Of Rock - July 2007 - Vizovice (CZ) -
- Rage - Dec. 2007 - Bonn (D) -
- Rage & Edenbridge - Apr. 2008 - Paris (F) -
- Bang-Your-Head - June 2008 - Balingen (D) -
- Rage, Jaded Heart & Seven - Mar. 2010 - Andernach (D) -
- RockHard Festival - May 2010 - Gelsenkirchen (D) -


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- Rage, Jaded Heart & Seven - March 13th 2010 - Andernach (D), JuZ -





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Rage - Live in Andernach

Rage - Live in Andernach

Rage - Live in Andernach

Rage are back on tour and one more time they will play in Andernacht at JuZ. This time they brought the Czech band Seven with them and invited German-Swedish outfit Jaded Heart to be join them on tour.
Even if there are many Czech bands, outside Czech Republic they aren't known well. So the foursome were nobodies to almost everybody. Their latest album is called Seven Deadly Sins and so they played some songs off this one. Singer LukᚠPísařík informed everybody "We are Seven from Czech Republic! The next song is Following You!" It was the 3rd song they played and off their 2007 release Light Of Soul. Unfortunately I don't know their songs, so I can't tell you much about Seven. Partly they reminded me of Iced Earth, but with less thrash elements... Songs like Ira and Suburbia from Seven Deadly Sins were well received. It was obvious that the guys enjoyed being on stage and I think they made some new friends tonight.
Jaded Heart got back on tour! Last year they were supposed to tour with Primal Fear and Brainstorm through Europe, but after a few days they were off that tour. Jaded Heart kicked off with Love Is A Killer. Singer Johan Fahlberg and his mates enjoyed playing and headed right into Fly Away. "How are you?" asked Johan Fahlberg, and with Justice Is Deserved they played a song of Sinister Mind, but as they were out to promote last years release Perfect Insanity. After Rising keyboarder Henning Wanner spoke up and thanked the great audience and Rage for being on tour with them. And he didn't forget to thank Seven for opening the evening. Going Under was next and the response from the audience floored them - "Wow, thank you!" was all Wanner could say. And Fahlberg added "It's just a pleasure to be here!" Between the songs Johan talked to the people and after mentioning only having water on stage, someone handed him a beer. The guys delivered a tight set and it was real fun to see them on stage, to hear the songs live. As it was bassist Michael 'Mülli' Müller's b-day, Fahlberg asked the audience to join in when they sang Happy Birthday for him. At the end someone from the crew came on stage and a cake was smashed into Mülli's face. The closer was Freedom Call and too soon it was over. Band and fans were happy, let's hope they will soon play some more shows!
During the change over many not just grabbed a drink, some also used the chance to leave the club for some fresh air. It was already pretty hot inside. Then the place went dark and Rage entered the stage. The opener was The Edge Of Darkness which was also the opener of the current album Strings To A Web. Next in line on the album is Hunter & Pray and they decided to do these two to kick off. "Good to be back in Andernach!" Peavy said, "Even if it feels like being in a Finnish sauna! We have a new album called Strings To A Web and after playing a best-of set for awhile, we will now play a lot new songs. Hope you like it!" And they stick to the album's track list - Into The Light. Obviously the majority of the people knew the new Rage album, coz people were singing along already. And Strings To A Web is a true Rage album, but also shows new elements. The Beggar's Last Dime has a Mötley Crüe vibe and was introduced by Peavy as 'chicken pick', coz that's how they call this one. After Drop Dead it was time for something epic... "Thank you! Now it's time for some art! Sometimes I tend to exaggerate... We recorded the following with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra! Please Mr. Bandmaster kick off Empty Hollow!" And drummer André Hilgers led them into the first 'suite'. During Empty Hollow Peavy and Victor abandoned their instruments for a moment, Peavy got a floor tom and Victor - at least I think - a snare drum to support André. Then picking up their instruments again. After the Empty Hollow part guitarist Victor Smolski talked to their fans and announced that they will do some shows with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra the coming year. And that they were nervous, coz they have so many new songs on the set list and that the reactions for the new songs are killer! Peavy used the chance to introduce the band, even if everybody in the audience already knew. Before they could head into the next song a fan shouted "Peavy, do your best!" Peavy's reply "What do you think I'm doing here?", then to everybody "The next song is about the last exorcism in Germany! Saviour Of The Dead!" Time to play some older stuff! "The next one everybody knows from a successful movie!" Victor said and Peavy counter "The movie's called Star Wars!" But their fans knew what to expect, Straight To Hell from Manitou's Shoe. And with Straight To Hell the place was on fire! Fans weren't just singing along, a huge mosh pit opened up! I saw quite a few Rage shows, but this was the first time I saw a mosh pit at their shows! "Looks like you want to sing now!" Peavy said and started singing the refrain of Higher Then The Sky, the fans took over and repeatedly sang the refrain. "I'm always surprised how well this works!" said the bass player and continued. "Actually I thought I won't play this one again - ever!" But they played Higher Then The Sky and it got even louder, the mosh pit was back... Party time! "Thanks! We now have to come to an end...", but before Peavy could finish the fans started singing the refrain of Higher Then The Sky again, so that Victor and Peavy left the stage for a moment as the fans kept singing. When they came back, Peavy stated that they already played this one, but that they can sing along the next one and they head into War Of Words. That was the end of the set, the fans wanted more and so they returned for Set This World On Fire and Going Down. But that was it. Again Rage delivered a great show, the audience was great, I bet that they will come to Andernach next time around.
Jaded Heart and Seven were already at the merchandise both talking to fans and it didn't took long til André and Victor showed up to hang out with their fans.




Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage, Edenbridge & Freakozaks
- April, 2nd 2008 - Paris (F), Noveau Casino -




When I visited friends in Germany a few years ago I saw Rage live and since that day I try to catch them every time they come to France. Unfortunately they aren't big here and so they played Noveau Casino, a small club for about 350-400 people. And not even that was packed!
Anyway, I hope that will change soon, coz this excellent band is around for about 25 years and has countless albums released.
But first band tonight were Freakozaks which I missed. I hear that they are Russian... and play some kind of prog metal.
Then it was time for Edenbridge! And interesting band, even if sometimes a bit pathetic.... When guitarist Lanvall started the band, he got some attention, coz they have a female singer and that was the hype in that days. The Austrians are out to promote their latest album My Earth Dream, but they also played songs from their previous albums. Singer Sabine Edelsbacher did a good job, but somehow they couldn't hook me up....
Finally it was time for Rage! They are one of my favorite groups, so perhaps I was too impassioned with Edenbridge... With the intro Carved In Stone of the same titled new album the band entered the stage. From the first moment it was obvious that the trio was happy to play here in this small place in Paris for their fans, and the fans were happy to get the chance to see Rage. Beside playing some new tunes the band took us on a trip through their history and played songs like Days Of December, Don't Fear The Winter, Higher Than The Sky which are classics, but they also presented Refuge (The Missing Link)! The songs - old and new - sounded fresh with new drummer André Hilgers (Silent Froce / Axxis) and it seems that he really enjoys playing the Rage stuff. But decided not to play a drum solo, not like his predecessor Mike Terrana. But I should also mention that Jen Majura stepped onto stage to add some vocals on Lord Of The Flies and Dies Irae. Later in the set Victor Smolski showed his skills in a guitar solo. And there is no doubt that he's a master on guitar!
As always I enjoyed Rage a lot. In my opinion they are better then ever! Victor and Peavey are the dynamic duo which is forced ahead by André. It was so much fun to see them, I hope I can catch them again soon!!!! Thanks for an incredible evening!



Julie (guest writer)

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Rage - Dec. 28th 2007 - Bonn (D), Brückenforum




A few years ago we've been to Bonn around the end of the year to see Rage and now they returned to Bonn for the Heavy New Year festival. In 2004 they played here at the Heavy Christmas festival which was a real good show and so expectations been high.
Opener tonight were Wizard - which we missed. But we were back from dinner in time for the change over. Meanwhile about 250-300 people had gathered and were waiting for Rage! And then the trio entered the stage! After Paint The Devil On The Wall they continued with Soul Survivor. Victor SmolskiAfterwards Peavy explained that they won't play any new songs. "I know that it was announced, but we told the promoter that we won't play any new songs. First, we haven't played them more then 2 times yet and second, we don't want to see some bad recordings tomorrow on YouTube!" Therefor the band put together a best-of set with some songs which they haven't played for a long time. Victor added "On tour we will play a lot new songs!" Then it was time for Going Down! And it was obvious that with the new line-up there is a new dynamic in the band and when Peavy introduced the band the fans gave drummer Andre Hilgers a warm welcome. After Human Metal Victor talked again to the people and announced that the new CD will come with a bonus DVD from the Wacken show. And that they were surprise how good this turned out and that the DVD became really great! Then Peavy took over again and notified the fans that next they will play some Rage oldies! Peavy WagnerAnd so they played Send By The Devil, Black In Mind and Don't Fear The Winter. After some coughing Peavy started talking again... "Is my singing okay?" And the audience responded loudly... Actually Charlie did a good job at the sound board and Peavy's voice sounded good, only the high notes showed that he had a cold - which he actually caught during the video shooting for a song from the new album Carved In Stone. To give Peavy a break Victor suggested to play an instrumental... And so they did Unity. They continued with Solitary Man, a short guitar solo which lead over to Soundchaser. The crowd was loudly singing along Days Of December and Set The World On Fire. Even if the venue wasn't packed, the atmosphere was very good and the fans were going crazy. Towards the end of the show Peavy got more and more problems with the high notes... And coughing. Before they played War Of Worlds Peavy wished everybody a great 2008!
RageAfter the band left the stage the fans started to sing loudly the refrain of Higher Then The Sky - for minutes! "Still my Refuge? Hope to see you all in 2008! Thanks to our crew, the local promoter and you!" Peavy shoutet into his microphone. After Refuge they finally played Higher Then The Sky. The band was surprised by the enthusiastic response... "You are great! Hope to see you next year!" One more time the chorus and they came to an end.
Again a great show! And I guess many of the fans who witnessed this show will see them on tour in 2008. Thanks for a great evening! See you on tour!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage & Freedom Call - April 2nd 2006 - Vosselaar (B), Biebob




Its been about a year since I last saw the trio live. Last time I saw them playing in the Netherlands at a kind of one-off show and now - after a few years - again at Belgium's Biebob. The tour started a few days ago and the package of Freedom Call and Rage worked out well. The Biebob was almost packed when Freedom Call entered the stage. Some new faces on stage, but one seemed familiar and after a few moments I recognized Gamma Ray tour keyboarder Eero. Anyway, many metal fans came to see Freedom Call - and not just Rage - and so the audience sang along from the first note. Songs like We Are One and Shine On are metal hymns. But also new tracks like Hero Nation got good response. Sympatico Chris Bay challenged the fans by telling them that the audience the previous day was way better - and they reacted. Between the songs the fans were shouting "Freedom Call, Freedom Call" and so songs like Tears Of Taragon, Land Of Light and Freedom Call were welcome by the fans. Too soon they had to leave and the fans shouted for more. Seems that Freedom Call should try to play more live shows and perhaps a small club show isn't too far away... Great show, lots of fun!
The new Rage album Speak Of The Dead has an orchestral part - called Suite Lingua Mortis - and the other half is pure Rage. Beside that the band announced that they will play a completely new set. Rage is a phenomena, through their career they changed several times and usually the fans don't follow these changes easily. The trio opened up with the title track of their latest album - Speak Of The Dead - and the next track was also from that one - No Fear. Again it's obvious how much the guys enjoy to play live. As Peavy is most of the time forced to stay at his micro stand, guitarist Victor Smolski has to take over the action. And the six-stringer presents heavy riffs, outstanding solos and sometimes seems to be in another sphere. But only the perfect timing and powerful beat of Mike Terrana and bassist Peavy give him the space to do so. A very professional show, but what else would you expect from them?
A few songs later, after Crucified it was time for Mike Terrana and his drum solo! Pretty often fans find drum solos boring, but in case of Rage the fans are shouting for Mike and demand a solo! And again Terrana's drumming fascinated the audience. This time some melody was added as background music. As later during the Suite Lingua Mortis the orchestral parts, this was coming from tape. Something which had been expected, coz touring with an orchestra is expensive and some clubs - like the Biebob - would be too small. But before they played Suite Lingua Mortis they presented a tune they haven't played for years - at least not at a show I've been to - they played Baby, I'm Your Nightmare. As a bridge between the orchestral stuff and the 'rockers' Victor added a guitar solo and with War Of Words they returned with Soundchaser's Human Metal. They played Don't Fear The Winter, but in a jazz version! And it was great!!!! Last, but not least they presented - as encores - Full Moon and Higher Then The Sky. And then it was time for them to leave. The fans wanted more, but due to a curfew the band couldn't return.
Soon after the show Victor Smolski should up at the merchandise booth to talk to fans, sign some stuff and let them take pictures. Also Freedom Call showed up at the merch booth, they came out just before Rage went on stage and took time to hang out with fans til after the show.
Another great evening at the Biebob! Thanks to Bob and his crew, we'll come back!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage - January, 24th 2004 - Andernach (D), JuZ




Last fall the trio toured with Helloween through out Europe, now they are doing some headlining shows in Germany. Tonight they stopped at Andernach JuZ. The first surprise for the fans - about 300 fans came - was that Peavy and his pales entered the stage early. No support. They sat down for some unplugged songs and Peavy opened with "Hello everybody, we are the support of Rage!" Everybody had a laugh on that one. The unplugged set they did at the meet & greets was a totally success. Tonight there was just time for 5 tracks including the old Vanished In Haze and the new Wake The Nightmare. For this part of the show the trio got a helping hand from guitar tech Jesus who played the 2nd guitar. Then it was time for the change-over.
Opening their set with War Of Worlds they started their march through history. Early mastermind Peavy told the audience that they were recording the show for a live album which shall be out in September. The next day in Bochum they would record a DVD of the set which also should hit the stores in September. The fans really appreciated that the trio played a lot of old songs, that they are a good live band is already known. Songs like Send By The Devil, Firestorm, Going Down were followed by Avengers Prayers Of Steel. After Days Of December from XIII the title track of Unity came next and then it was Mike Terrana's turn. A drum solo is a must for Rage. The fans love Mike Terrana and demand a drum solo whenever the band plays. To talk about Mr. Terrana's skills is like carrying coals to Newcastle. With a song from Trapped they continued, but Enough Is Enough wasn't enough for the fans. With Invisible Horizons - of Secrets In A Weir World - another old one was played, then back to Unity with Set This World On Fire. After the new one Flesh & Blood - here Victor used an electronic sitar - Victor had his solo and led into Soundchaser. A few more old ones - Back In Time and Refuge - and with From The Cradle To The Grave of XIII the set was over. During Refuge as well as other real old ones it was obvious that Peavy suffers a cold, the high notes didn't came out perfect. The 2 encores include Black In Mind, a medley of Solitary Men and Don't Fear The Winter. And with Higher Then The Sky the night was over. Band and fans were exhausted and happy. The trip through time include at all 25 songs! The fans appreciated it. Some songs haven't been played for years. The old songs brought up memories for the ones who listen for a long time. Younger fans might have discovered old songs... Well, great show and hopefully not the last travel through time with Rage!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage - October, 11th 2003 - Bochum (D), Matrix




The band of Peavy Wagner is back with their latest album - Soundchaser. The multi-national trio decided to promote their latest release not just with interviews, they decided to do some meet & greet for the fans and to make it special to play some songs unplugged. The album is out for just a few days when Peavy, guitarist Victor Smolski and drummer Mike Terrana stopped at Bochum's Matrix.
The upper level of the Matrix was filled with fans of the trio. Everybody was wondering what to expect. Due to the powerful drumming of Mike the Victor and Peavy used small amps, otherwise it wouldn't be possible to hear them. Also they got a helping hand from guitar tech Thorsten. It seems that the guys were surprised by the enthusiastic reactions of the fans. The guys played old songs like Deep In The Night, Higher Then The Sky, Vanished In Haze and new ones from Soundchaser. Especially during Higher Then The Sky everybody sang along and the fans repeated the chorus several times. Peavy & co. were over­whelmed. From the latest release they offered an unplugged version of Flesh & Blood and a medley of the Falling From Grace - the heavier parts of the two songs were excluded. Brilliantly they combined the melodies with power and presented the songs in a different shape. The fans were shouting for more and so Victor suggested to play Don't Fear The Winter. Very interesting to hear this song in an unplugged version and to fulfill the request of the fans Mike played a drum solo. This time not the typical metal solo, this time Mike included some jazz and fusion parts. Brilliant!!! Too soon the unplugged set was over and I think that the fans of tonight's set as well as everyone else who saw them unplugged would wish that once in awhile they do an unplugged show.
The band had to pack up the equipment. They hurried up to meet their fans in the bistro where the meet & greet took place. The three-some signed everything the fans brought and had time for some chat. Also requests for photos been fulfilled. The three guys are still down to Earth. And I guess that most of the fans who came out tonight will go to see them live on tour with Helloween.
It would be cool, if more bands would remember that the fans make them big. It would be great to see more bands do this kind of special events, combine some acoustic or unplugged set with a meet & greet. Hopefully more events like this will follow.



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage, Nightwish & Valley's Eve
- December, 9th 1999 - Cologne (Germany), Live Music Hall -




Many fans who came to see Nightwish and Rage didn't expect a 3rd band - Valley's Eve. The German newcomers got the chance to open for Rage and soon they convinced the fans in the front rows. The band of singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis and guitarist Mario Cavasin presented songs of their debut Prodigia and their latest release The Atmosphere Of Silence. The melodic power metal and the stage acting soon made the fans sing-along the choruses. Songs like My Last Breath, My Inner Vision and Religion - War (of The Atmosphere...) and older tunes like Escape and Self-proclaimed Messiah been a good choice to introduce the metal community to Valley's Eve. When the band left the stage, fans were shouting for more! That's a compliment for a young and unknown band.
Next the Finnish Nightwish entered the stage. Many fans were curious to see them. Oceanborn made them big in Europe and female singer Tarja not just caught the interest with her unique voice! Tarja and her mates started with Stargazers, the album opener. In my eyes the performance was pretty good, but Tarja's stage acting looked static. The band and Tarja seemed to have a lot of fun, playing Gethsemane, Passion And The Opera and other tunes. Guitarist Emppu and the other band members are very talented. After about 50 min. the Finish Nightwish left the stage.
After the line-up change this is the first tour for Rage. A powerful trio entered the stage to rock Cologne and record the show. Peavy thinks about a live video and so the setlist incl. a few old tracks, too. Maybe a few fans had doubts, if the new line-up can show a solid performance. Peavy is now joint by Victor Smolski who is a great guitarist and living drum legend Mike Terrana. The trio started with From The Cradle To The Grave and a mixture of old and new stuff entertained the audience. Soon it was obvious that this line-up don't need to hide! The international power metal association presented nearly 20 songs incl. Solitary Man, Back In Time, Vanished In Haze, Immortal, Refuge, Alive But Dead and Higher Than The Sky. The German-Russian-American union enjoyed the show. Mike Terrana's drum solo amazed the fans! Most fans usually think a drum solo is an unnecessary part of a show, but the skinsman proofed them wrong! When Rage finished their set with Higher Than The Sky even the fans in the last row sang along! Hopefully Peavy will soon release the video and don't let the metal community wait too long for an album of the new Rage!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Rage & Nightwish
- December, 3rd 1999 - Vienna (Austria), Planet Music -




Nightwish and Rage, what a combination! The oldstars choose the right support act to warm up their fans. Nightwish is certainly one of the hottest newcomer bands in the metal scene and with their recent album Oceanborn they proved their great qualities. Concerning Rage, we were curious if the new line up with guitarrist Victor Smolski (ex-Mind Odyssee) and drummer Mike Terrana (ex-Malmsteen, ex-Metalium, Roland Grapow, etc.) would be able to replace what Rage once was.
Starting with 30 minutes delay in the complete sold out Planet Music, Nightwish began their performance with the song Passion And The Opera and they were immediately able to chase away the bad mood of some impatient metalheads. I never saw a support act who was able to set us on fire like that. The young band showed us that they can also keep their qualities on stage, even if they still seemed a little bit unsteady in some moments. Opera singer Tarja, Emppu, Sami, Jukka and Tuomas went on with songs from their album Oceanborn, like Stargazers, Walking In The Air or Devil And The Deep Dark Ocean, where they couldn't get along without some playback voices. That was maybe the only thing that stole the magic of Nightwish, because the male vocals on some songs couldn't be played live. But, at least, this didn't destroy our enthusiam and also the band enjoyed that concert a lot. They played only one song that was not taken from Oceanborn, but as this album was so great, it wasn't disturbing for us. Tarja and also guitarist Emppu were certainly the main attraction of the show and in general Nightwish left a good impression to everyone. We couldn't get enough of them and I feel that that was not the last time that we'll hear from this great band.
When it was time for the main act, Rage, the five young musicians left the stage under great applause. Some people began to be impatient again while the technical crew changed the scenery, took away Nightwish's drum kit and we found ourselves in front of a castle with a big "Rage monster" in the middle, who grinned at us with red eyes... A really impressing decoration. After a short time of silence, the fans started to call "Peavy, Peavy..." and so he came with his two new members, Mike and Victor, that he presented briefly. He said a short 'hello' to Vienna and then, Rage introduced their show with From The Cradle To The Grave. When we heard the first guitar solo of Victor, it was clear that this evening would go on like it has begun: With a lot of power and a lot of talents on the stage. Rage shaked the Planet Music, people were banging and jumping around everywhere, singing to the old and new songs. And, Peavy really took us to a ride through Rage's history. The hits that Rage presented us seemed not to end and they played also songs from their new album Ghosts, like Wash My Sins Away, Love And Fear Unite or Spiritual Awakening. Soon we could see some fire effects on stage, in front of the castle, little flames were dancing. Victor served us more great solos and it seemed that he wanted to show us his guitar collection, cause he always changed his instrument. Memories came up with some old Rage songs like Solitary Man, Firestorm or Refuge... And then Peavy presented us the talent of his new musicians, Victor started to play another great solo and Mike got mad in an extended 5 minute drum solo, leaving us quite speechless, even if it was a bit boring at the end. However, at least it was a good occasion to repose the paining neck and when Mike finished his drum marathon, he jumped to the microphone and screamed: "I am the fucking King", what left a little smile on Peavy's face... And on ours, too! And, they went on, facing a tired, but happy crowd, still playing with the same power as at the beginning... and Victor changed his guitar again. After some more songs, Rage was about to leave the stage, but the fans called them back three times. It was time for Don't Fear The Winter... And everyone was singing with them and we had still enough energy to scream with the songs Higher Than The Sky and Alive But Dead... And that's what we all were after this great concert.



Jörg Petersen

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