27 June 2014 – Indochine : Black City Tour – Stade de France, Paris
The anguish of the introduction. Despite six years of practice and more than a hundred written chronicles, I always spend an hour wondering how to start an account. This one is no exception to the rule and it's even harder for me because Indochine is ultimately not a group that I have long known ; and although I have already had occasion to see him several times on stage (cf. Indochine : showers Tour – Zenith, Montpellier (2009) and Indochine : Paradize+10 – Zenith, Paris (2012)), exercise is always more difficult when I have no benchmarks which refer. I hope you will excuse my approximations and this article you will still reliving this wonderful evening, culmination of a huge tour which began there are now more than a year.
I found William at the Stade de France to 17:30 Area : there are already many people around the complex and we decided to wait a few minutes before entering the arena. Once inside, the set of the show is found : the reproduction of a full-size city, which is reminiscent of the cover of the album "Black City Parade". The buildings are topped by three gigantic screens that announce for the moment the first two parts of the concert : Toybloïd et Trust. You know how these sequences bore me, and if Toybloïd get difficult fate with his punk brawler, Trust narrowly escapes the public boos – not surprising when one arrives with zero charisma front 60 000 people. Despite these painful minutes, waiting takes place relatively quickly : he is 21 hours… The show begins.
It's still light and we see six huge inflatable figures stand in the middle of the stadium. These are girls traffic, the famous traffic police in North Korea that inspired the song of the same name. The structures several meters high and we do not know exactly what their role ; suddenly, we asked about the group's arrival ... We also hear all kinds of sounds of a noisy and bustling city before launching Trashmen, the actual introduction of the show. The central display lights up and we discover the five members of the aging Indochine (as the poster) resuming their true face turns. The control tower overlooking the city loose a spray of fire and we see reappear musicians reproducing laying Poster, but this time live backstage from stage. They then make their entrance "to Johnny" in difficulty through the crowd to reach the tip of the advancing stage. After the rigor greetings, five acolytes regain their instruments for the first title of the show : "Electrastar". The « Traffic Girl » deflate when the song of the same name starts. This is one of the few pieces of "Black City Parade" I really like, and even more since the release of the remix. It was under a shower of confetti Nicola Sirkis the title ! He spoke of a concert at the Coldplay : it is right in 😀 The giant screen alternates between live action and image traffic officers : for the moment, staging sends heavy !
The transition is almost instantaneous on « Belfast », piece which I discovered the potential for the concert and I listen loop since ! The decor is really dynamic, because in addition to the videos broadcast on screens, the city's buildings light up to the beat of the song. On the other hand, lyrically, it's always a disaster for me. I obviously had not understood the «Arrriii-eeel» Nicola beugle : I was rather a kind thing «Aïoliii Yeaaah». I wondered also had written a song about a Mediterranean specialty. yes I know, it's terrible ... LOL. Fortunately, I caught up with me « Alice & June », which is my favorite title of Indochina directory. And even if some approximations, I still doing not too bad, know it ! It's madness in the stadium : that song puts a crazy atmosphere for any occasion ; however I did not expect that it happens so early in the setlist. then enters a somewhat hollow stage for me with titles that I do not know or little : « Kissing My Song », « Atomic Sky », "Memory" and "Stef II». Nicola seems moved : "It's like a dream. Thank you all for your welcome ". The serious resumed with « Miss Paramount » during which he walks in and down and across the huge stage to the cheers of the spectators.
It's still daylight when he joined the central stage at the end of the advance. And that's before a synth he utters a few words in tribute to Renaud in the stadium. "There is a singer who is sitting there : when I was 15 years, I flew to see him – it is true, It's not terrible, but it's like that – and I would just give him a little wink '. It then interprets an extract from title " Hexagon " he took over the compilation "The Strip At Renaud" and we even gratifies a few seconds « Poker Face » Lady Gaga. It leaves room for Oli De Sat synth for an acoustic version of «This Boy» before moving on "The Great Secret" and " I asked the moon ". We are not in the most pêchus title of the show, but these hits are always pleasant to hear or rehear. Pendant " Your black eyes ", Nicola descends in front of the pit to shake a few hands before your theater « College Boy ». If you were not present at the concert, you may have heard about the introduction of the title in the media… A huge portrait of Christine Boutin is displayed on the central screen before the astonished eyes of the spectators who are a perverse pleasure in booing for several seconds. The end of the service allows us to see the clip in reverse and accelerated version. It is on these terrifying images that ends the first part of the show.
The night has finally fallen and the introduction of « Black City Parade » resounds in the stadium. A wall materializes on giant screens. It crumbles slowly giving way to a black city, that of the image on the cover of the album of the same name. It was at that time show that the decor shows its potential : buildings now serve as video projection screen. I was not expecting that at all : the surprise is complete, for visually, it's incredible ! Pendant "The Bottom Of Air Is Red", we see healthy revolutionary images of flags, red headbands and armbands ; and even if I find the song a bit mean, staging than makes my lack of interest. Fortunately, it quickly takes off again, as the group moves on to the medley « Black City Club » including : « Canary Bay », "Flowers for Salinger", « Paradize », « Satellite », « Playboy », "3rd Sex" and a remix « Black City Parade ». The atmosphere is at its height in the stadium and visually, we take it on the chin. This is one of the best moments of the concert, and the sequence seems both entertaining audiences Nicola !
The surprises continue with the arrival on scene of a ballet dancer : Alice Renavand, which performs a choreography on the song « Wuppertal ». The song may come at the wrong time : I would have preferred before medley. The frenetic pace of « Black City Club » would be much better if inserted with the following : « Marilyn » and « 3 Nights Per Week ". They are also two songs that I absolutely do not get tired. I am absolute fan « Marilyn » during which the cross « Paradize » appears in the middle of the lawn. The staging is electric and we once again open the eyes and ears. Spectators are hysterical, and it obviously continues for « 3 Nights Per Week " when Nicola decides to go for a walkabout and go around the stadium ! The sequence takes about fifteen minutes, you can find it in full at the end of the minutes. You will see also that he struggled to reach the end of his journey ! Lol ! The stands were given glow sticks to light during the song : it's a shame because it does not make much of the pit and I'm not sure this is better on the official video ... Brief. The initiative was friendly anyway.
Musicians join Nicolas after advancing to interpret two songs in acoustic : " To storm ", I did not know before the show, and « Dunkerque », heard for the first time in 2012 during their special concerts "Paradize +10 » (cf. Indochine : Paradize+10 – Zenith, Paris (2012)) and ever since replayed. **BAD FAN **. The show can not definitively end on it, the group disappears and stage scene turns off completely : there appears a series of showers of sparks on the roof, they seem to go around. Once at the other end : roof lights and decor completely spits huge fire jets while introducing "The Adventurer" explodes. I explain evil 😀 I admit I rather suggest you go watch the video at the end of the article to see the thing for yourself. The atmosphere is hysterical in the stadium, and you even a drop of color changing balls with each bounce. What they have perhaps not thought, it is the weight of the balloons, which are very poorly when they get you in the face ! Lol ! You will see elsewhere on video : I am taken me two or three and it's not very nice! Haha ! The group welcomed the audience before leaving the stage and a final message appears on the screen ... " Thank you ! ».
As well tell you right away : the show blew me away. I found incredibly clever staging. I liked feeling that the show had been specially prepared for the Stade de France. The idea for this design which incorporates the visual codes of the album "Black City Parade" is great : it is increasingly rare for artists decline as consistently the concept of a live disc and here, it works to perfection. The video projections that give life to buildings, the play of light, pyrotechnics, confetti, bright balloons ; the special effects were just WOW ! We do not expect the same thing in a show stage, as a concert in a room 1000 people. They understood and me, the bet is successful.
Beautiful energy also, Nicola and his followers today have stage experience over 30 years and it shows. Nicola will seek the audience constantly, and even if it is sometimes annoying (punctuating the lyrics of his songs from his incomprehensible onomatopoeia), he remains a charismatic figure and this is the kind of quality that we necessarily need to occur before 60 000 people. The atmosphere in the stadium was also very good : I feel like the only one not know the lyrics by heart. **AS USUAL**. Everytime, I tell myself that I will learn, every time I do not do and every time I complain. LOL. My only real disappointment, this is the set list ; but I recognize not be the best person to talk. I could not even explain what I expected, I think that feeling comes first because I did not like the album "Black City Parade" – who, in my eyes, lack of unifying titles. I would not have been against hearing songs like "Little Dolls", "Popstitute" see pieces like " 3e Sex "or" Flowers for Salinger "in full. On the other hand, I was delighted to see "Alice & June », "Marilyn" or « 3 Nights Per Week " – I do not REALLY tired me 😀 I am curious about the rendering of the show on France 2 in September, because he was picked to be released in September (it seems to me). We left in photos and videos I've brought you the concert. Feel free to leave your comments and your impressions here or on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I will be happy to answer them ! And everything about this site Indo, a single link : Indochine.
Setlist : Trashmen / Electrastar / Traffic Girl / Belfast / Alice & June / Kissing My Song / Atomic Sky / Memory / Stef II / Miss Paramount / hexagon / Mao Boy / The Great Secret / I asked the moon / Your black eyes / College Boy / Black City Parade / The Bottom Of The Air Is Red / Black City Club (Medley) : Canary Bay – Flowers for Salinger – Paradize – Satellite – Playboy – 3Gender th – Black City Parade / Wuppertal / Marilyn / 3 Nights Per Week / To storm / Dunkerque / The adventurer