17 June 2012 – Johnny Hallyday – Stade de France, Paris
This may be the first report of the year I want to do really seriously ! At the beginning, I planned to do an article comic Johnny Hallyday and his fans - and then finally, I came out so delighted the concert there will be none of that ! I had the opportunity to attend the "Tour 66 " in 2009 (cf. Johnny Hallyday : Tour 66 - Stade des Alpes, Grenoble (2009)) which left me with a positive impression overall and I really wanted to return on stage to applaud live the thing thoroughly : wrists on "Gabrielle", Lighters "What I love you", Finally, you see the thing ! I boarded with me another uninitiated, Guillaume, and we're not emerge unscathed I can tell you !
We arrived around 16h at the Stade de France where some fans are already thronging. The wait was rather fast outside : it was discovered that " The penitentiary " was war song office opening doors, it immediately puts in the mood ! Since there were not many people in our entry, we found ourselves in an excellent position along the advanced stage. There were also see a host of t-shirts wolves : that Nenni ! It was the biggest disappointment of the day ! Lol ! First two parts : the group Gush early in the evening then Louis Bertignac, who had to leave the Phone tubes for the crowd goes wild. Because it must be confessed that his solo songs are not necessarily the most sought. I do not know what time he finished his set, but Johnny really slow to come on stage until 9:45 p.m., it was a bit long ...
It's still daylight when the concert begins, but that does not stop to see the giant screen light up and project the image of a prison and the fortified gate is marked with a huge skull. We feel the apocalyptic atmosphere : the sky is orange, Helicopters fly to the background and loud noises are heard. First "hit" on the wall that cracks while hinting some rays of light, second shot, third shot, fourth shot ... The wall explodes, the screen splits and Johnny appear (frozen as ever) in a smoke flood the center of a wrecking ball that gently raises amid fireworks and other effects. I found that GE-NIAL ! It's a bit too short : we have no time to smell up the heat ! Short, Once on stage, music starts and is " Light the fire " which opens the evening. I can tell you that I go like clockwork : I knew the words by heart, I am totally melted into the landscape ! Excellent atmosphere through "I Was Born In The Street" I loved the re-orchestration some groovy "Excuse me Partner" I feared a bit, but is passed as a letter in the mail !
" My mouth " puts everyone agrees on Johnny performance : we are all stunned. I also found more vocally and physically fit in 2009. He was clearly less breathless on stage than it was on the "Tour 66 ». I particularly like this song : I am delighted that he makes this year. And what orchestration crazy with all the wind instruments <3 No fan « Marie » who is, a priori, become indispensable over the years. It's a nice piece, but what it is boring ! Fortunately "Two Strangers" is a little more alive : such as with a ton of brass, it makes really great ! Big surprise then with the arrival of a symphonic ensemble : I got chills. Their input is truly amazing : they appear ends of the stage or on mobile platforms overlooking the main platter, all under a halo of red lights to the sound of blaring music. The display projects the image of a theater Italian for « Diego » which once again demonstrates the vocal abilities of Jojo. This version is superb, I who am not a fan of the song, it really is with great pleasure that I rediscovered. Moreover, a symphonic tour, it was great would be fine for our Johnny ! "Something From Tennessee" then I would have liked to hear a more outro huge, as 2009 What - it's not a song I would have chosen for the orchestral part anyway. " Live for the best " lends itself already. It's still "the big excluded" of the evening : he had not yet made on previous performances and waited Sunday to go out ! He sang a duet with Marie Mai, which has ensured, despite a few hiccups lyrically. Very glad I heard this song anyway ! The set ends with orchestra "Poem On The 7th" : a true poem recited to music by Beethoven. It's a little surprising at the time but it is a moment that remains etched.
Return of the "rock" on shelf " Requiem for a fool ", beautifully interpreted ! I really like this song even if I can not detach myself from version 98 duet with Lara Fabian. The screen shows images of a revolver, is fitting with the theme eh ! The atmosphere completely changes with the arrival of Pascal Obispo on stage « Rock’n’roll Attitude » – good, we can not say it's a collaboration that will be remembered, but it's quite nice to see the two artists together. « I Who Have Nothing » with the famous Amy Keys, chorister Johnny recent years. I seemed to have heard, but can not remember where it is and in writing this report I've realized that Sylvie Vartan had (re) recovery in French as "Me" last year in symphonic version Pleyel. It has come a long J'Peux tell you ! Hahaha ! At the end of the song, Johnny left the stage to let the singers and musicians get wild on « Knock On Wood ». Not bad, lots of atmosphere and vocal power on this title. The excitement begins to rise in me, because the piece comes next is that we expect the most Guillaume and me ... A trap door and Johnny reappears, above it are formed two wrists chained ... that tells you something ?! He announced that he will tell us about a girl who knows well ... it's obviously incredible « Gabrielle » ! This moment is just cult ! We had been preparing for days and days, I had learned the words by heart especially for the evening ! The title makes it extremely well live with the different musical passages brass and harmonica.
Small instrumental interlude during which technicians install the platform that will take Johnny to the center of the stadium in a few minutes. Admittedly, it is not especially useful, because it remains on the main stage for "I Crosses All The Mornings" – This is perhaps one of the songs I liked least of all the show. It moves to the movable plate to the acoustic set and go for a crazy 60's revival : it starts "The idol Des Jeunes", repeated in chorus by the public. The scene of the Advanced passes us, but it turns us back to that time ... "Play Pas De Rock'n'roll To Me" ensuite, that was totally out of my head. I'm a fan of version 2009 and I'm not pissing felt that I understood he was going to do ! The shot of the platform is extremely well thought, as it rotates on itself and allows us to have Johnny time face time. « I’m Gonna Sit Right Down » in tribute to Elvis then, "It Is Terrible" including new orchestration unplugged is absolutely brilliant, "Run Faster Charlie" and "Your Tender Years" on the way back ... only on guitar. It is not now that we have the opportunity to make her heart with fingers : it is still the wrong side ! Patience…
A piano interlude ad " That I love you ". It's here communion with viewers ! He sings the verses and the chorus leaves the public. It's excellent : you really feel the fervor of the crowd at that time ! It was clearly one of the highlights of the concert ! S’en suit "Oh Ma Jolie Sarah", "This Man That That", "No Son Of" duet with Louis Bertignac - who did not seemed to me highly needed here. After "What I love you", he could go directly to "Envy". So "Envy", it is a special piece for me, because if I had not filmed : I could not tell you what I experienced. The son had affected my brain and I go on total trip at the beginning of the song : the words come out all alone with my mouth and I find myself shouting "Johnny !!! "No longer in power. I was not aware : I promise you ! Hahaha ! He approached several times to us through the platform and the piece ends with a string of fireworks exploding in the advanced stage ! Short, it will remain the highlight of the show for me without hesitation and one of my greatest memories together !
We then decided to join the output as it is already late and it does not end up blocking the flow of spectators. Meanwhile Johnny sings "Get a Life" : it's a sign ! Hahaha ! It is almost midnight when he began "All The Music That I Love" – many brass in this orchestration - this is clearly not my favorite, but a concert of Johnny without this song, this is not a concert of Johnny ! Purists will hate me now, because unfortunately, we did not stay for the last title : " When we only have love ". I did not miss my train ... But as I already had a great time, I have no regrets. I think this is the first time that I leave before the end of a show there ... and I did well : I had the RER to Paris to 2 minutes while having almost run like a real fool to get to the station (which was already armored world).
Anyway : I loved this concert ! Much more than 2009 anyway : he was more fit, less short of breath and I do not know ... I was really into it this time ! The staging is really well thought on this tour : with different parts (symphonic, acoustic), the giant screen creates really nice atmosphere and everything is beautiful : there are some errors of taste ! What fervor from the audience throughout the show, balanced setlist - I found the show shorter overall, whereas 2009, the end, it was really starting to piss me off. duets, yeah, they do not bring much : although it's always fun to see other artists ! We can not say that these are the moments that mark the history of music. I absolutely do not regret having been there : especially with Guillaume, it was a great concert and I really advise : you will be surprised of the quality of what it offers. Because let's face, we all read that it's over, it no longer fills the rooms, blablabla, but since the beginning of the tour oddly (and especially since the Stade de France) : we only hear positive things about. I think it's definitely one of the kings of the "show" in France and if you like a little bit his music, do not hesitate : I am sure you will find your account !
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Setlist : Light the fire / I Was Born In The Street / Excuse Me Partner / My mouth / Marie / two Foreigners / Diego Free In His Head / Something From Tennessee / Live for the best / Poem On The 7th / Requiem for a fool / Rock’n’roll Attitude / I Who Have Nothing / Gabrielle / J'la Crosses All Mornings / L'Idole Des Jeunes / Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll To Me / I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) / It Is Terrible / Courses Faster Charlie / Your Tender Years / That I love you / Oh, Ma Jolie Sarah / What This Man That / From Nobody son / envy / Get out / The music I like / When we only have love