16 September 2019 – Lara Fabian : 50 World Tour – Beacon Theatre, New York
Lara Fabian does not do things by halves! She has chosen New York to launch his big birthday tour, entitled "World Tour 50" 🎂. I was quite curious about the show, because it was the first time I had the opportunity to see her in concert with its English repertoire : I was far from suspecting what lay ahead! french friends, our dear Lara will be on tour at home in the month of January : I think the following lines give you a little preview of what awaits you!
The concert takes place at the Beacon Theater. It's my first time there : the room is beautiful 🤩 Much remains to sell tickets and despite my best efforts : I do not succeed to make me upgrade. So I took up the balcony, and I observe the scene : a plastic chair, two synthesizers, and a slatted curtain 🤔 I am doubtful, but I still believe ..., looks like another. With oscillating tickets between 100 and 350 $, we were to expect a little more. Some must have bad orchestra. There are no first-party, so we can get into the thick of it!
The introduction starts with " The secret ", in its instrumental form. We hear Lara read a written text from the name of his songs : "If say I love you, scream with all our heart Alleluia and loudly proclaim the difference ». It's a bit winded, but what shocks me most, these are the spelling mistakes in the securities that are projected in parallel on the curtain : "I still believe", "When ju not sing", etc. Nobody has therefore checked the configuration before the first? 🤨 It really starts well. At the end of the video, Lara appears transparently behind the scenes and on the scene on " Slowly ", Italian Version.
For this tour, Lara is surrounded by a pianist and three singers. Where are the musicians, you say? That's the whole problem. There's not 🤨 Music is delivered via a prerecorded tape – these are studio versions simply – which gives a very flat side to all. Sure " Slowly ", it does not pose too many problems : the chorus add depth to the interpretation of Lara. I actually rather enjoyed this opening 👍.
Lara is as pretty as any, she wears an elegant black dress. When the song ends, she sits on the chair by taking the pose of the poster : it is a small blink of eye appreciable. Despite the lack of musicians, I am rather reassured by the concert, but things will quickly get complicated. She goes on "Hallelujah" whose synth arrangements to leave me speechless : it looks like a bad Karaoke 😐. It's really cheap!
On the screen appears "Act 1 : Passion ». Lara sits on the chair, and starts " I remember ". She sings a brief excerpt before we talk to debut, his father and Eurovision course ... A memory that accompanies a short passage "Believe". It s & rsquo; speaks French and English, Sometimes it begins a sentence in one language to finish in another. Which does not make it very easy to follow story! It invites us to go back in time and rediscover some of his first songs with a medley including " I forgot ", "The Day You Partiras" and " Leila ". If there is the curious, the video is available on YouTube or at the end of the article.
In the room, some francophone him cry "We love you Laraaa! », but we are still far from the lively French cinemas 😅. It continues around the Quebec repertoire interpreting " You go away ", and pays tribute to her parents ; with a recovery guitar voice (without guitarist obviously 🤷♂️) of « Take Me Home, Country Roads » his father and "Losing Love" for his mother. Good, at the time of the concert, I expect that it goes into high gear. Quebec, his beginnings, coughed, I think we understand 😒
On the screen appears "Act 2 : Ascension » : whew, we finally connects! She takes back " I remember " with the chorus as a transition. She now tells her meeting with the producer who gave him his chance, and talks about the song that changed everything for her. In my head, I tell myself : super, she will finally sing again "All". It's been years that it has not made, it's now or never! No luck, she slams us an insipid version " The difference ", personally, I can not frame ! But that's nothing compared to what happens : An electro remix " If you love me " I am unable to describe, then the inevitable " I am sick ", I could have done myself also 👎. The latter song also has a semblance of staging : Lara, sitting on his chair plastic, plays with a white sheet, she holds against her and greenhouse strong. I did not understand the meaning, but I can tell you however that it marks the end of the first part of the show. It's time for the intermission!
For the time being, I have mixed feelings. Disappointed by the lack of musicians obviously, but mostly by the musical arrangements of the songs that make the whole sound completely bland directory 😴. And, I'm also a little upset by this setlist that focuses exclusively on titles early in his career. Is she going to condense the rest in an hour? Is she planned three hours to be able to sing songs from all eras? I wonder 🤔. And good, side staging, it is that same shit ... So I hope it will eventually start!
Opening of the second part, Lara offers another electro-cheap version of its older titles : " Seize the day ", 1994. I do not understand his delirium 🙄. At that time of the evening should already be much later in his discography. She swapped his black together for a long white jacket. level look, I have nothing to say : it's pretty, it is class, it is far from combo shirt / jeans tour " My life in yours ".
"Act 3 : Transformation ». Lara tells us that this sudden fame, with all that it has good and bad, finally the thrust to focus on what's important, meet and grow. It then moves on one of my favorite songs of his repertoire " I still believe in ". Me, at the time of the show, I do not believe any more 💔. Everything is flat : the interpretation, the arrangements, staging. There is nothing going on ... I have a glimmer of hope when starts " Love already ". I'm a fan of "Naked" – I think this is his best album to date – and she decided to offer us a medley of some tracks on this disc ; in and incluant " Because you leave " which is a wonder and « Immortelle ». On paper, admit it sells dreams! In reality, the singers are adding an overlay of voices, singing "All" above that of Lara giving a sort of cacophony wasting a bit this beautiful gift 🤯. I hope they will be back on the next dates so viewers can enjoy these three beautiful songs.
The 3 girls then begin an extract " Right here " while the image of Maurane, who passed away last year, is now projected on stage. To show him respect, Lara offers a very pretty version " You are my other " and the resumption of "On A Prelude From Bach". It is for me one of the most sincere moments of the concert, I took great pleasure 🙏. Then there is a real turning point in the evening. She resumes her story and explains that the song that follows has opened the doors to a new country and a new culture. I think the United States obviously, with « I Will Love Again », but I'm wrong. And I'm wrong from the beginning ...
The title which I speak, «Lyubov Pokhozhaya Na Son» (from the album "Mademoiselle Zhivago") opened the doors to Russia, and more generally of Eastern. And hearing the euphoria in the room when the song starts, I understand that this concert : it is not for French expatriates, nor for Americans : it is for the Russian public 💁♂️ It was confirmed to me by the end of the show, when I discovered all the posters in Russian, scattered throughout the halls. Standing ovation not deserved at the end of the performance, she really does not benefit elsewhere, because the next song, " I'm yours ", starts in stride.
At the beginning, I think this is an interlude, Lara because hurries to join the scenes. But seconds later, the chorus come back on stage, followed closely by Lara, who gets the song wire. The projections on the curtain are friendly enough and create a more modern feel that fits the song. The good news continues as it moves on « I Will Love Again », an extremely popular title fans. And, is the flop 😔. The new version does not take off ... worse, Lara moved up behind a microphone to perform the song. I'm not lying to you! There is a video clip that awaits you at the end of the article. The audience applauds, but I think this is more polite than anything else.
"Act 4 : emancipation ", she starts by explaining that she has found love, allowing it to chain all logically on " By love ". After some circumstances thanks to the whole team who helped to design the show, Lara embarks on a sunny version "Human". This is the first time I get to hear the & rsquo; original, because the French fans have the bad habit of turning it into an ode to their goddess : "We talk about you, Human "-> "We talk about you, toi Lara ». I appreciate. And, honestly, this version is successful.
It is the recall and before leaving me time to make a list of everything that was wrong with the concert, the company back on stage to perform " I love you " Guise final. The famous expression is found projected in all languages on the bottom of the curtain. I hope there are not as many spelling mistakes for introduction ; in French in English, it went! The version is rather successful, and allows to close the show on a high note. Lara left the stage after a final wave 👋.
There are so many things we have to talk in conclusion! The first one, This is obviously disappointment emanating from the evening. The truth must be said, it was not to the height of an anniversary tour 👎. She had the opportunity to honor a directory that has too often denigrated and she missed the mark, one more time. First of all, with a set list sloppy : his 3 first albums are over-represented (omitting still one of the biggest hits "All"), and the rest just goes to oblivion 🙄. I, who expected to hear his English repertoire, I was served ("Love By Grace" was the minimum for crying out loud 😭). Ensuite, we must mention the lack of musicians and musical arrangements atrocity. How it was possible to get there? 🤷♂️ I can not conceive that an artist can decide to dispense with musicians ... to propose that. Did she really listened to what had become of his songs?
A word also on the interpretation : for me, it is no set heart, she did not even try to perform : result = I did not believe it 😕. If the artist does not enjoy being on stage, how do you want the audience finds it? Then you'll tell me it's not true, that & rsquo; it has always been sincere, blablabla. If I summarize the show quickly : she went on stage, she tells her story, she leaves. At what point is it is a real interaction with the public? This is EXACTLY the same complaint I had made the tour 2010 with holograms : everything is written in advance, it has no leeway to express themselves other than through the texts she wrote and taught. It is such a shame.
And when I look back, I say I've never really been touched by "Lara Fabian on stage". I love his records, I like his songs : I think it is an artist who is renewed and that always tries new things. But live, I do not believe 😕. I wish I had the opportunity to say once : "She had the bitch! ». And I thought that with this anniversary tour, it was in the pocket. Missed!
Given the lackluster reception that was reserved for him this year in the US : I do not think she dares to return soon. I've probably been a bit harsh, but this is my way of expressing my disappointment to artist that I love and that has not been able to bring me what I expected 😢. We end with the photos and videos of the concert! I'm curious to have other opinions on the show, so feel free to leave your comments here or on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ! You can also discover the minutes I spent Lara Fabian, of 2005 nowadays, by clicking the hashtag #LaraFabian.
Setlist : Slowly / Alleluia / Believe / J & rsquo; zapped / The Day You Partiras / Leila / Your T & rsquo; in Vas / Take Me Home, Country Roads / Losing L & rsquo; love / The difference / If you love me / I am sick / Seize the day / J & rsquo; there Believe Again / love already / Because you leave / Immortelle / You are my other / On A Prelude From Bach / Lyubov Pokhozhaya Na Son / I'm yours / I Will Love Again / By love / Humana / I love you