1 February 2012 – Indochine : Paradize+10 – Zenith, Paris
I had the chance to see Indochina during his "Meteor Tour" at the Zenith in Montpellier 2009 (cf. Indochine : Showers Tour - Zenith, Montpellier (2009)) ! It was a concert that had left a very good memory and through which I discovered an exceptional live band. Last year, with Tiphaine, one of my friends, we tried to get tickets for the "intimate" version of the tour, le «Meteor Club Tour», they had given in early 2011 without success ... ! So much more "aggressiveness" that we attacked the ticket in December for our anniversary Tickets for these concerts ! Two dates at the Zenith in Paris in honor of « Paradize » on the occasion of the new edition of it 10 years later : « Paradize +10 ». So before you start this report, I must admit that I knew very few tracks on the album before the concert – unfortunately I have not taken the time to pass me the full thinking that the discovery would be more fun live directly. My opinion will be certainly different from all those of you who listen since its release in 2002 !
We arrived at the Zenith around 16.30 in February 1, and we went to place in one of the queues. I was extremely surprised to see so many people so early in the afternoon one day cold ! A delay of two hours before entering the room, 'Edgy' : I always falls on the vigil is not effective ! Grrr. Maybe we were a hundred in our file, much less than in other, and obviously, and returned after most people : it really made me moan ! Lol ! We sat in the stands waiting for the concert when suddenly, the lights are steered to a "trick" behind us : Émilie Mazoyer, DJ, that provides the first part ! It's still the first time I see an artist who does not do his set on stage, but on a safety rail ... Lol ! It took a few minutes to understand what it was broadcasting ! In fact, she made a smart choice : a mix of events and songs of the year 2002, release date of the album Indochina. It's nice enough although viewers, for the majority, completely unaware – the poor – Finally same time, must already be able to locate ! Haha ! What idea to fuck up there ! We also have the opportunity to view several movie trailers : that of a feature on a horse, which totally exciting air (**COUGH **) and that of a horror movie, particularly gratin, broadcast to an audience of all ages : I wonder what is going through your head advertising ! **OOPS ** In brief, a singular pending before the total extinction of lights ...
The stage is covered with a white curtain and it's a game of shadows begins, those musicians and singer Nicola Sirkis, who, megaphone in hand, sings the first song concert : « Paradize ». The veil falls and leaves discover Nicola Sirkis, Boris Jardel, Oil Sat, Hair, Mr Shoes et Marco (thank you Helene therefor, LOL), and the decor : an enormous luminous cross overlooks the group, rappelling than the album cover. I made two predictions before the concert : that there would be a giant cross on stage and Nicola would be in public. I had all good ! Haha ! Enjoyed this entry, simple and effective, while setting the tone for the evening ! The group continues with « Like A Monster » under a confetti and "Electrastar" whose audience repeat the same "Onomatopoeia" (I do not know if we can call it that) Nicola Sirkis : I had the impression of being in a parallel universe ! I can finally participate in the "party" with the song that follows, « Marilyn », which is one of my favorite. I have also the opportunity to make a video, you will find at the end of this column ! What a pleasure to find this title battle !
« Punker », " The manor " and «Comateen» are lost in the maze of "Paradize" ! I note that the group is not very talkative when the singer speaks for the first time to welcome us and thank us for being there for the 10th anniversary of the album ! Unsurprisingly then : " I asked the moon ". I'm not a fan of the studio version of the song by dint of hearing thousands of times the radio, but I must confess that live, the record is still different and communion with the public is felt. It is a beautiful moment ! Nicola told us then that he has good news and bad news : Melissa Auf Der Maur, the singer of the title "The Great Secret", just gave birth in New York and it can not be present for his exceptional concerts, he proposes viewers to substitute for it to interpret the duo – that I know, attention ! I'm not totally void ! Haha !
Boredom just tickle me when the group connects three songs I do not know : « Dark », "Night Fairies" and « Dunkerque ». I imagine your reaction on reading these lines ! Lol ! I should have listened to the album in advance and I regret not having done ! I felt a bit "rejected" Sometimes because of my shortcomings Indochinese ! Nicola did not give me much reassured when he announced between songs they would play only the songs of "Paradize" ! Fortunately, «This Boy» I still Console – **SNIF ** – I loved this moment : musical bridge is génialissime. Unlike previous songs I do not know and have not subjugated me instantly, the following two, "The Finger on Your Star" and «Popstitute», I really enjoyed ! I look forward to discover in "original" version of the reissue of the album !
It is at this point that ends the "first part" of the show : Following is a series of some group's success, to my relief ! Good, OK, that evil begins with « Kissing My Song » and dropped balls – I do not know her, and elsewhere in the moment, I think it is a title of "Paradize" (-> Tiphaine, I do not thank you for your lack of empathy : you could have told me that out of the era "Paradize", it would have made me much good to find hope of a small « Alice & June »). Fortunately, the discomfort does not last long, as the group moves on « Little Dolls » who raises my interest in almost immediate manner concert : I'm finally on the same footing as my neighbors-neighbors ! Haha ! Nicola Sirkis then announced that the following piece is unique : it is 'a priori' scheduled to be on the new album Indo forthcoming at the end of the year. The moment I expected the most has finally arrived, it is « Alice et June » ! My favorite song of all time in Indochina ♥. The group moves on a version electrical 'of « 3 Nights a week " which is magnified by the very light effects along the interpretation : it's one of the best parts of the evening for me. Interlude instrumental sur « Glory Hole » before the final sound of Nicola on title "Un Singe En Hiver" I found out on the job and that I really liked ! I think it's the perfect song to end the concert !
You understood throughout this report ... I enjoyed this concert, but I think I would have lived better if I had known the "Paradize" album as most viewers of the room. This is not the case and I felt a little out of all this ecstasy : I really felt to miss something. Nevertheless, I know to step back and be objective about providing artists (good, except when it comes to Britney Spears, but this is an exception and most people who follow this blog are aware, lol) : it was a beautiful show ! A good atmosphere from beginning to end (I am still amazed by the precision with which the spectators anticipating the words in yogurt Nicola Sirkis), the modern and dynamic lighting effects and some well-frills friendly (confetti, giant balloons).
Short, value, it was worth it, even for me who am not a "true" fan group ! Finally, perhaps I am less amused that the "Meteor Tour", more I would go see them again if the next disc charm me : I admit that there have been few periods floating in the middle of the concert I got a little bored ! I want to clarify that I discovered some titles of "Paradize" we loved me, particularly those of the second half : "The Finger on Your Star", "Popstitute" and "Un Singe En Hiver", it will be necessary that I look at the deeper album. The reissue will be perfect for it ! It ends as usual with photos and videos – feel free to leave your opinion, I'm interested to know what that thought the fans (and the other for that matter, haha) ! I also suggest you to join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover many other chronic concert including those devoted to Indo : Indochine : Black City Tour - Stade de France, Paris (2014) and Indochine : Showers Tour - Zenith, Montpellier (2009).
Setlist : Paradize / Like A Monster / Electrastar / Marilyn / Punker / The manor / Comateen I / I asked the moon / The Great Secret / Dark / Night of Fairies / Dunkerque / Mao Boy / The Finger On Your Star / Popstitute / Kissing My Song / Little Dolls / Kill Nico / Alice & June / Three Nights Per Week / Glory Hole / Un Singe En Hiver