15 & 16 June 2013 – Johnny Hallyday : Born Rocker Tour – Bercy, Paris
It's been two hours since the page is opened and I have still not found intro worthy of the name. I wanted to explain why these concerts held to my heart, but in fact I can not tell you why Johnny Hallyday, why now. This is the third tour I attended and I am increasingly fascinated by the character and his songs. I had a period of less well early in the year and the opening of the ticket fell to that time. I think subconsciously, I hung myself on those dates at Bercy saying : " You will see, in June, it will get better ! », a kind of the motto « ROCK’N’ROLL BABY ! ». It's stupid, but I believe that is what is closest to the truth 🙂
I wanted to live it « Born Rocker Tour » thoroughly, be at the heart of the concert, like what a real fan - especially since the first night (for me), the 15 June, Johnny celebrated its 70 years on stage. A size event. So we land with my sidekick Nina, around noon in front of Bercy. I am quite surprised to see so many people so early .... Moreover, the next day, Guillaume, we came to blows 16 h and was better placed in the queue ... The wait is held relatively well during the two days, although it seems to have in front of us individuals straight out of "Intimate Confessions". Between lookalikes, rednecks families who absolutely want to be on TV, stuffed guys, those who have seen it all done, the issuance of TF1 clearly has more to use ! Lol ! Fortunately, all fans are not like that ! But it is always the extremes that are noted is that not ?!
We enter the room around 19 h. The 15, the concert is broadcast live on TF1. Production distributes us glow bracelets that flash to the rhythm of songs for an optimal video. What follows is the first part, Hanni El Khatib, which offers us a set rock rather average and is distributed for a few minutes waiting ... time that the people of hundred invited that evening settles ! I have never seen so many at a concert in my life ! Moreover, I think the one that causes the most reactions, it's the next day Patrick Bruel. I swear there are chicks that came to stand before him, crying "Patriiick ! » and did not let go of the eyes for a second. The evening had them seem exciting ! Lol ! Short ! The 15, Nina, one is near the advanced and when the lights go out, we literally between trance.
The room is bubbly and the first notes of " That I love you " resonate in Bercy. Huge rays rock on stage and seem set a point at the other end. We see nothing. Johnny appears on the screen in a kind of walled room. Familiar Bercy, I wonder where it can be. This is actually the exit of the pit that is decorated for the occasion. On the first chorus, Johnny between "in the arena" and trying to cross the room into the audience. I must say that the 15, I have chills : I even asked me several times if he will reach the end saw the suffering it seems. I learned the next day (where the crossing was an Olympian calm), that production had asked the public and security officials to play a little game that made history is better on TV. And if you watch images, you will see that the spectators are not aggressive at all while the guards make tons. It's pretty funny to see the way ! Short, Johnny finally gets around on stage, after advancing. He greets the audience a few seconds before resuming the song that is incredibly powerful live. The effect is immediate bracelets : it is superb. Johnny has lost none of his energy, I'm totally excited when " Light the fire " commence. What mood ! This is surely one of the finest paintings of the show : the play of light, video projections, flames, l’orchestration. I give ALL. I am delighted to hear " My mouth " ensuite. It's like " That I love you ", this song comes into its live.
It invites Amel Bent to join him on stage for " I promise you ". I'm not a fan of this title, but objectively it is one of the most beautiful evening of duets (see what awaits us after this is not difficult). She is superb : his tone of voice combines perfectly with that of Johnny. it provides. The 16, Johnny replaces " I promise you " by « Nashville Blues » (obviously without Amel), only survivor of his private concert yesterday at the Paris Theater. I must admit that this is not the kind of song that touches me, but I think the fans of the first hour were delighted that he added to the setlist. The public makes a "Happy Birthday" that quickly falls apart when the first notes of « Marie » resound. It can not happen in this ultra-popular title, but frankly I gave it to me. Fortunately, returns with rock'n'roll energy "Two Strangers". I discovered this song last year, and as since I became FAN… I now know by heart and I swing to the rhythm of brass : "And after so much love, yes after so many days : there are only two foreign ! ». It's a little story of my life what ! Hahaha ! Johnny takes his game to the previous tour rolling on the floor and making love to the microphone stand. What energy at his age and after all these excesses : what a dream !
The room is plunged into darkness a few seconds to allow the orchestra to settle for the thunderous introduction « Diego, Free In His Head ". It gives chills, the play of light are sublime. It connects with the beautiful "Something From Tennessee" where video projections transform the theater scene in Italian. It goes down a few minutes before the pit to shake hands in public. I wanted so much to touch it ... He then announces a special guest. Charles Aznavour " On my life ". I do not know how old it may be today : it is frail, he trembling voice, he stands in mic : he clearly hurts ... Well, it's still a special moment, the whole room held its breath during the song. The next day, Johnny removes " On my life " and connects directly to " In my hands ", always with the symphony orchestra. I would have loved to resume "Poem on 7e " like last year. It was such intense moment. I discovered so " In my hands " the 15, it's a song I've never heard before. This is a very good surprise.
Having lived two concerts following : I must admit that Johnny is much more chatty and at ease on stage 16, that the 15, where the show is filmed. I'd also like to see that than all in reserve not to say bullshit (he could not avoid, but we'll talk later, lol). New then invited : Florent Pagny for « 20 Years ". I do not like especially the duet, the solo version of the day is much more fun. I find Pagny is a little below : it is literally crushed by Jojo, which fails to Crouler on stage by taking the feet into his microphone. It escapes the worst ! While the 15, it connects the interlude of the singers in the room : « Respect » (TF1 commercial break), the 16, a title is inserted between « 20 Years " and this interlude. It is : « I (Who Have Nothing) » with one of the girls in the group, and Smith. Simple change of place in the setlist ! Short, « Respect » is not great at all and more, I feel that it takes a beating down.
Fortunately, concert takes on « Gabrielle ». This is THE SONG OF LIFE What. The wrists crossed and everything. Besides the "hard" setting that represents the two chained hands is replaced by a simple projection on screens. We are losing not much, but it's a shame not to use it. Short ! « Gabrielle », It's awesome, amazing atmosphere, live orchestration insane and obviously all the spectators play the game. It's a great time and everyone should be able to live a once in a lifetime ! Haha ! The 15, it connects the duet with Sy Smith, « I (Who Have Nothing) », where both give what they have powerful voice. S’en suit "What What You Croyais", I have not much to say except that this is perhaps the only song I really did not like the two evenings. I found it boring to die, more, it lasts a leaden. I'm glad that passes acoustic set that benefits for the occasion of a facelift - not particularly very effective elsewhere.
Johnny joined his group on the mobile platform and go for crossing the public until the end of the Advanced. "Hold The Night" to begin, instead of "Idol Of Youth" in 2012. It's the same kind of piece, it is not specifically a revolutionary change. I much prefer "Play Pas De Rock'n'roll To Me" and I'm totally grateful for not having removed from the setlist. Spectators retrying a "Happy Birthday" that works this time (whew, at least it is made). Besides the 16, it's pretty funny, because the public rechante "Happy Birthday" and Johnny responding : "Uh ... Yesterday was my birthday, but it does not matter, thanks anyway ! ». It is awesome ! He then goes on with his usual recovery Elvis, this year as last year, it is « I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) ». He pauses a moment to present his group, which his Scottish drummer, kilted, which offers us a little jig. The audience then intones the song of redneck : "He has no panties ! He has no panties ! » And Johnny answers, more amused than anything else : « Non. He has no panties ! ». Some new then with "Let Girls", and a very nice piece "If I was a Carpenter" a somewhat banal title that did not necessarily marked. A small "Black This Black" would not have been refusing instead. He left on the main stage on "Your Tender Years", I can not help but think of the interpretation of a cappella Sylvie Vartan, there are twenty years to the day at Parc des Princes. I wish she was here tonight ...
More ! If we had no right to ex-wife, we had the son : David Hallyday, who joins his father on "Blood For Blood". A real DISASTER. Lol ! They manage to fuck up this song that is just sublime to the base. We feel that David, which multiplies the wrong notes, doing all he can to prevent the massacre. That does not stop Jojo to be completely off the plate on the verses and choruses while having eyes on the teleprompter. It's like a karaoke packed with 4 h you food ! It's too bad ! While David is about to leave, Dad announces that he would like the son remains on stage (« Surprise surprise » Looks like Jojo) to accompany the battery "No Son Of". I can not know whether it is planned or not. I think so because it's already much better than "Blood For Blood" : they play well the "surprise" in any case ! Yaron Poupaud, one of the musicians Johnny takes over on vocals while the latter joined the scenes. When he returns to the stage, it's for " Love to death " : undoubtedly one of the best moments of the concert ! This song is made for live ! I hope he will keep on his upcoming tours. Again I give EVERYTHING I. It's a real euphoria in the room.
And it goes on " The music I like " where Eddy Mitchell comes to join the evening 15. Was, again, it had to be prepared 5 minutes, but there is a little funny side in the interaction of two gugusses. It bothers me unless it's shit on the moving "Blood For Blood". It's nice. The piece ends with a fireworks explosion over our heads. We have no time to look up that everything is already off ! I do not make me have two nights in a row ! Haha ! Johnny returns to the stage accompanied by the symphony orchestra " If you leave ", a ballad 2005, Album " My truth ". So it, I wonder where he was seen to pick the few recent titles in their setlists, it's pretty amazing. So I discovered this song the first night and I fell immediately in love. I listen loop since. He goes on "Envy", a piece that I look particularly. The video projections are excellent and the atmosphere is at its height. I have a magical memory of his performance at the Stade de France last year : I also believe that this is one of my best moments together what (cf. Johnny Hallyday - Stade de France, Paris (2012)). I am thoroughly. We then thanked for the reception and offers us a wonderful "YOU ARE GÉNIALS ! ». Sacré Jojo, ten minutes from the end, he had to say something stupid ! Lol ! After a pause of a few seconds, he returns to stage "Waiting", one of his latest singles and a title that I particularly like. The live performance is sublime. Truly a beautiful moment. The final takes place on " When we only have love ". I would have preferred a stronger piece, because traditional occasions like this, the end of the concert, it's a bit boring and especially ultra-recurring for several years in the shows of Johnny. A little change would have been welcome. The quitte the scene in a halo ... nice view évidemment sous the acclamation of public.
What to say in conclusion ? Already I love !!! It is a fascinating artist. He has an incredible energy : he gives everything he has on stage. I think it is simply impossible to be disappointed standing out of the room. Make two dates it was risky, but I thought that by going there the night of his birthday, I also have the opportunity to hear and see other things, with guests, surprises, etc. And finally, I do not regret one second to have attended the show twice. It was really two very different atmospheres. I must admit that I have a preference for the date 15 because I was really in the heart of euphoria.
Regarding the staging : the « Born Rocker Tour » is a low-cost version of the last tour (cf. Johnny Hallyday - Stade de France, Paris (2012)). But objectively (and God knows that I missed since the beginning of this account), he did not need a deluge of special effects for the show : it's him, le show. I'm really realize it this year. At the setlist, I'm not a big fan of the adjustments that have been made since last year : "I Was Born In The Street" and "It Is Terrible" I missed. The acoustic set lost intensity. On the other hand, excellent choices for the songs "The Waiting" : " Love to death ", « 20 Years ", "The Waiting", it works wonderfully live. And delighted to have discovered " If you leave ", I spend my loop since last weekend. I also added " In my hands " I loved.
And there is one thing he said the 16 and to which I had thought the day before : a concert of Johnny, it feels like home. And that's exactly what I take from these two evenings ! I hope I have to share this feeling with you ! I leave you with the photos and videos of concerts ! I have chosen "The Waiting" to illustrate this column, but of course you can find all the videos on my YouTube channel or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ! Find all my columns dedicated to our national Jojo here : Johnny Hallyday.
setlist you 15/06/2013 : That I love you / Light the fire / My mouth / I Promise You / Marie / two Foreigners / Diego / Tennessee / On my life / In my hands / 20 Years / Gabrielle / I Who Have Nothing / What Is You Croyais / Hold Night / Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll To Me / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / Let Girls / If I was a carpenter / Your Tender Years / Blood For Blood / From Nobody son / Love to death / The music I like / If you leave / envy / The Waiting / When we only have love
setlist you 16/06/2013 : That I love you / Light the fire / My mouth / Nashville Blues / Marie / two Foreigners / Diego / Something From Tennessee / In my hands / 20 Years / I Who Have Nothing / Respect / Gabrielle / What Is You Croyais / Hold Night / Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll To Me / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / Let Girls / If I was a carpenter / Your Tender Years / From Nobody son / Love to death / The music I like / If you leave / envy / The Waiting / When we only have love