28 November 2015 – Johnny Hallyday : Stay alive – AccorHotels Arena, Paris (2015)
As you know, I'm a big fan of Johnny Hallyday ! I discovered it quite late, but I am caught up with me since ... It's been six years that I do not miss any of his tours 😀 I was eager to attend this show, " Stay alive ", to hear his new songs live, but also its great success I never tire !
It is 17:30 when I arrive in front of the Arena AccorHotels. There are not a lot of people – in any case much less than what I expected ! I entered the room, I find the decor : a huge skull overhangs the public, it is framed by a wall of giant screens, which currently broadcasts images of two serpents crisscrossing. The tone is set ! Then there is the usual question of investment. I managed to find me a space along the path between the gold pit normal pit. This is Yodelice that provides the first part of the concert. I was pleasantly surprised by his set, I do not think it would be as punchy. Nevertheless, I is impatient waiting for the arrival of our national Jojo. The VIP audience fills ... Eddy Mitchell, Claude Lelouch, Jean Dujardin, the Coulliers, and ... Patrick Balkany, big fan before the eternal ! It is 9:15 p.m. when Laetitia entered under the audience's applause, the concert will start a second to another !
Lights out. The huge skull overlooking the scene begins its descent. The light spots wall lining the back of the set is illuminated and takes the form of a glowing eagle. The skull is raised in a cloud of smoke before our very eyes ... It opens slowly and Johnny appear, wearing a long black leather jacket. There are many people on stage. In addition to the seven musicians, there are four singers and four brass accompanying the singer on this tour. With " Stay alive " as an opening, Johnny sets the tone for the evening ! "The Carole» allows us to discover the impressive scenic device in action : the screens are adorned with a black and white checkered, the light spots in the form of skull, it flashes, it moves, we really take full eyes ! Johnny then welcomes us : "Bonsoir Paris ! What a joy to meet ! I'm really happy to do this show for you, I hope we'll have a nice evening ! » I think nobody doubts, and when the first notes of "It's Black Black" echo in the room, it is a wave of euphoria that diffuses Bercy. I am absolutely a fan of this song and I brulais wait to hear on stage ! The presence of copper in the live orchestration gives it incredible power ! You can also find the video at the end of this article.
Around me, fans already screaming « Johnny ! Johnny ! Johnny ! » – the evening is launched ! He followed with " Requiem for a fool ". Six mobile screens gradually detach from the ceiling and are placed behind the musicians. The scene s'enflamme line the projection of a brasier gigantesque women here in the hall a glowing atmosphère. It sends a max ! He asks us if you like country music before starting "I Cried On My Guitar". I can not help but think of Sylvie Vartan, who took over this same song during his concert at the Olympia in early (cf. Sylvie Vartan - Olympia, Paris (2015)). It's pretty funny when you think. I must admit that version of Johnny is particularly beautiful. He continues by interpreting "At Café De L'avenir" a piece of his album "Staying Alive", with behind, images of a city in turmoil. Mobile screens resume their place of departure and line the ceiling of the stage in a scarlet color « Oh, Ma Jolie Sarah ". This is a piece that I know, but I had never heard live. Spectators are conquered, but that is nothing compared to "Something From Tennessee" Johnny leaves us partly sing. It is a sublime way in which he always offers something new. The passage that I particularly like in this song, is the instrumental bridge ♥ It benefits besides this moment to go hit a few hands into the public.
When he returns to the stage, is to interpret « Gabrielle » – one of the highlights of the evening. Certainly, he always sings the same songs, but that is not ecstatic at hearing « Gabrielle » cast the first stone ! LOL. I can not imagine a concert of Johnny Hallyday without the opportunity to cross hands above my head screaming "DYING OF ENCHAÎNEEER !!! » 😀 Greg Zlap takes the harmonica solo that made its success, but this year, it offers us a rather special version ! The musician takes the path of the second stage and thus finds itself between the two pits, Public middle. He quickly passed us, and climbs a few seconds later on the dais in the center of the room. All attention is turned towards him ... It slows the pace, spectators impatiently screaming, he resumed, slowly at first then faster and faster. Johnny took the opportunity to make also on the central stage. The whole room was standing when the song restarts ! I never get tired ! The other musicians join the accompanied Yodelice. Johnny shows before moving on her latest single dated : " Of love ". He explains that Laetitia organized a rockabilly dance contest on social networks to allow two fans, Fanny and Florian this evening, to go on stage to dance. And while Johnny hoarse into the audience, the two young men gratify us a small improvised choreography embellished clip images. In the gold pit, I saw several couples dancing – when I told you just now that we were at home !
This is the time of the famous sequence "unppluged". He now offers each tour with more or less success. This year I'm glad ! It starts with "The Girl From Last Summer" I love more than my life, and it continues with twice Elvis I am absolute fan, « Mystery Train » and « Blue Suede Shoes ». This year unfortunately, the scene does not rotate, and it takes on travel to see Johnny Front. Fortunately, it turns slightly to interpret " I promise you ", one of the most beautiful moments of the concert. I filmed this footage you can find at the end of the article. He joined the main stage on the introduction of "Envy" passing us. No luck, not this time I touch the hand of God ! LOL ! The song is still as good live, and as for « Gabrielle », I can not imagine a concert without Johnny "Envy". I filmed a course extract the sequence, but I so screams like a pig over his voice, I would not dare publish ! He then gives way to the singers for musical interlude that lasted nearly 10 minutes ... It's a bit long and I can not wait they finally.
The rhythm of "No Son Of" resonates in the room : the battery rises, and Johnny appears below in a cloud of smoke. As in previous years, he interprets it as a duet with Yarol Poupaud. If there is a title I would have removed from the setlist, it is this one. I have RAS-THE-BOL to hear. It then continues with " The penitentiary " and " My heart beating ", an excerpt from his latest album "In Love". I am quite surprised by the number of new songs he integrated the show, This is already the third since the beginning of the concert : it will break a record ! LOL ! The title is pretty cool even if it's not one that I will remember most ... The return of the classics then with " My mouth ", you can discover by video at the end of chronic and "The idol Des Jeunes" I'm glad to hear again live. The screen broadcasts footage from all eras, is a sequence that I really liked. Another new title after that, " Only ", followed by "Nadine", a piece he had not played for a long time on stage. I have to make a short stop in my account ... Because "Nadine", I made a private joke with my friend Florian. Before discovering the setlist of the show in July, I did not know of any song, and it happened at a time when there was much talk of Nadine Morano in the media (I know, nothing to see). As I share all my shit with Florian, I found myself calling him in the middle of the concert of Johnny, for he lives with me through this moment of ultimate 😀
The introduction of " That I love you " resonates in the room, the song is monitoring " Light the fire " I'm glad to find in the last part of the show. On previous tours, he always arrived too early in the setlist. The atmosphere is explosive, I scream at full lung – Needless to say that I went home completely voiceless ! I posted an excerpt from the title Instagram, feel free to go take a look. He then decided to honor the victims of the 13 November interpreting one of his new songs "One Sunday From January". The stage is adorned with a red white blue emblem. The public is particularly attentive and singing "La Marseillaise" at the end of the song. Johnny shaken with pride the French flag in front of us. The atmosphere is less burdensome on "Victim Of Love". He ended the concert with the usual "All The Music That I Love" I got a little tired, and " Miss you ", one of his new songs, perfect to conclude such an evening as this. The bird that we saw during the introduction of the show returns, and stole his luminous wings over Johnny joined backstage after a last goodbye.
What an incredible night ! I thought that after having 5 Once on stage, I would have wearied, and I would have struggled to find the pleasure I had to discover the recent years. well, a new time, he had ! Loved the show : from beginning to end, for almost 2 hours 40, I sang, I danced, I typed in my hands. The staging is particularly successful this year : the astonishing skull overlooking the public, the spots wall, mobile panels and especially the huge video frame surrounding decor ; the record is impressive. It is bright, it keeps changing, we take full eyes throughout the concert ! I was apprehensive about choosing songs, which did not seem very interesting on paper, But ultimately, Apart from two to three pieces that I have a little tired of hearing, as "No Son" or "All The Music That I Love", I took my foot on almost all titles. Delighted to have had "It's Black Black", "The Girl From Last Summer", « Gabrielle », "Envy", and all the others. The setlist is perfectly balanced.
As for the man, although I found it a little wiser than the two previous tours, I found an artist that I liked ; with simplicity, his generosity and especially its voice-standards, because he is always there, and it sends heavy ! I said several times throughout this summary ... a concert of Johnny, it feels like home. The atmosphere was particularly good : we can think what we want fans of Johnny, but if there is a pleasant and civilized public, it is that Johnny. I never had any problems and it was always the opportunity to share moments with real enthusiasts. I would strongly advise you to go see it on stage : he is on tour for a long time yet, I enjoy it I will return 😀, for sure !
We left with the photos and videos of the evening, I hope you'll like them. Feel free to leave your comments here or on social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ), I will answer with pleasure. If you feel like it, you can also take a look on my columns previous tours : Born Rocker Tour – Bercy, Paris (2013), Stade de France, Paris (2012), Tour 66 - Stade des Alpes, Grenoble (2009). It remains an important date before the end of the year, Madonna, and some of which I'm not sure you speak, because they are "to work" concerts. We'll see if I have time, and if they are interesting enough that I devote a column. I will tell you quickly !
Setlist : Stay alive / The Carole / Black This Black / Requiem for a fool / I Cried On My Guitar / At Café De L'avenir / Oh Ma Jolie Sarah / Something From Tennessee / Gabrielle / Of love / The Girl From Last Summer / Mystery Train / Blue Suede Shoes / I promise you / envy / From Nobody son / The penitentiary / My heart beating / My mouth / The idol Des Jeunes / Only / Nadine / That I love you / Light the fire / A Sunday From January / Victim Of Love / The music I like / Miss you