3 June 2016 – Lara Fabian : My life in yours – The concert – Congress Palace, Paris
I have enormous affection for Lara Fabian. I'm for almost 20 years now and I realize, rereading my previous reviews, I've never really managed to find on stage, the pleasure I have to listen to disc. I was still pretty confident about this evening : I must say that I enjoyed the album, Unlike other tours I have attended. I can tell you that it changes everything !
It is 7:30 p.m. when I arrive at the Palais Des Congrès. My last visit, it was for " Robin Hood " in 2013. Suffice to say forever ! Around me, fans compare the number of times they saw on stage, débâtent prices Celine Dion tickets in Bercy ... No doubt, I'm in the right place 😀
On the scene, Black is. The musicians take place behind their instruments, and a synthesizer web accompanies the arrival of multicolored butterflies before our very eyes 😍 The decor consists of a central screen, accompanied by three side panels on each side. At center stage, a stair, whereby Lara Enters " My life in yours ". The butterflies give way to a patchwork pictures of Lara and his fans, a nice nod to those present in the room. She is dressed very simply : black jeans, a T-shirt with a lambda registration, all topped with a suit jacket. I wish to see her wear something a little more sophisticated. At the end of the song, the room gets up to give him a standing ovation, it actually seems surprised by the welcome that awaits him - well I think ! Given the way she opens her mouth… it can only be of surprise ! LOL.
She goes on "The disenchantment" accompanied by four musicians. The orchestration is almost the same as on disc. It is a constant during the evening : the new songs were only very few rearranged for the show. Vocally, it ensures. It then resumes « Immortelle » in a pretty close version of the original. The piece takes a feverish twist, and it transcribes quite well on screens, on which a storm breaks illuminating the room of his lightning. Lara offers us a real vocal performance. The public is conquered and rises again to acclaim.
She then talks about Flashdance, the opportunity for her to follow on " She dances " from his latest album. The video projections reveal a body, seeking to break free of the screen in which he is a prisoner. Lara finishes imitating Jennifer Beals on the introduction of "Maniac", a somewhat unexpected choreography at the time of the show 😂 But the public is delighted and she goes on " My desire " receiving an incredible home ! On the screen scrolls a sequence of images unrelated sauerkraut, the song even ends on a projection of cancan dancers, with Lara raises his thigh in rhythm before us.
She settled on the stairs to interpret "Want To Laugh in". It is accompanied by one of his musicians on accordion. Without a word, she joined the top of the platform. We recognize " You are my other ". It is facing the screen on which appears the face of her current husband, Gabriel Di Giorgio, giving it the replica instead of Maurane. FIG its multiplies to infinity. Although I am not a fan of this kind of incursion into privacy, I must admit that the effect is successful : the table is really remarkable. She followed with " The difference " you can find the video at the end of the article. The title is manual by photos of Olivier Ciappa, "The couples Imaginary", a series on homosexuality. Good, this version is not particularly transcendent, but where it scores points, is that staging is the same worldwide, and that these photographs are also broadcast in countries where homosexuality is still punishable. I tip my hat, because many artists would not go so far.
It is only accompanied by a piano she began "If That Do Rest Friend". Her performance really touched me. And I think vocally, something is released at the time of the evening. I think actually, it is in this register then that I really love. I'd love it to redo an acoustic tour or piano voice. This is where she excels, everything rests on his voice and the emotion it manages to pass. totally changing universe with the following title. She explains that there are "extraordinary" songs in the career of an artist. Songs that we, as a public, we appropriate to make "our" song. You can guess which I want to talk ? The song of life, the ultimate masterpiece of his repertoire ... The amazing « I Will Love Again » ❤ The public obviously gets up and begins to mark the rhythm by clapping his hands – but horror, this is the ballad version of 😱 Around me, everyone seems a little disappointed. But good old Lara has more than one trick up its sleeve, and musicians switchent on the dance version from the second verse ! The arrangement is really successful, much of that 2013 ! I invite you to discover the video at the end of the article.
Lara then explains that she has a dream that she would like to share with us ... And to realize this dream, it needs an accessory : a glitter jacket ! The music starts and is recognized « The Winner Takes It All » ABBA. I'm super fan of the band and I am delighted that she has chosen to interpret their greatest hits in a medley. It therefore offers us « The Winner Takes It All », « Dancing Queen », « Money, Money, Money » and « Gimme ! Gimme ! Gimme ! (A Man After Midnight) » and the result is the height ! This is clearly one of the best moments of the concert ! The arrangements do not alter the original versions, Projections are superb and the atmosphere is really top ! then returns to the emotion with "The Heart That Tremble", his favorite song of the album, that's good : it's mine too ! I got chills and I even felt a little get larmiche. On the screen, the four seasons we see scroll, the stage is dressed either side by autumn leaves, the snow, spring flowers. It is really nice.
For " Stand up ", she finds herself immersed in the ocean, before joining the mainland for a unique present on the reissue of his album : " Not guilty ". I did not know the song, but a small effect. I do not know why, but it made me think of Michel Sardou 😂 She joined the top of the stairs to interpret the sublime " I still believe in ". The video is available in the playlist at the end of the chronicle. The vocal performance is huge ! It is a title that I love. Sitting on the steps, She talks about her mom and Alzheimer which it is reached. She explains that she made a song : "Forgetting". During Title, faces we see scroll on videos, and projecting ends with that of its parent – who also agreed to be present in the clip.
This is the time of recall. She joined the scenes and then they applauded hoping his return, the screen turns on and we bombard images in black and white on a rhythm where percussions are very marked. I'm thinking I do not see how this song refers. It reminded me Woodkid 😆 But as soon as the violin line begins, I recognize " I love you ". It's an odd effect, because it's still the ultimate ballad repertoire ! The arrangement becomes calm, Lara and therefore interpret the title as we know it. But the drums come back and totally disrupt the image I have of the song. You can find this version in the video at the end of the minutes. I do not even know tell you if I liked it or not : say it was… surprising 😀 Before the last song, Rose-Hélène Chassagne, Director of Warner label, entered to provide a platinum Lara. A well-deserved reward. The concert ends "When I Do not Sing" repeated in chorus by the room. Lara and his team greet the public and join the scenes.
I'm not going to hide, this report has been a nightmare to write ! I enjoyed the show, but I could not find the words to tell you : I'm sure I missed tons of things ! We'll have to think about retraire ! LOL. In short I have a few minutes to try to write a conclusion that makes sense 😀 Overall, I enjoyed this evening. I found what I expected of Lara : vocal performance, emotion, proximity and above all an incredible repertoire ! It is still too regarding the attitude, but I am hopeful for the future. I loved the setlist, which gives pride to his new album. I would not spit on two or three songs from his old repertoire, but I found the building quite fluid. There are beautiful moments, I am thinking of "If That Do Rest Friend" and "The Heart That Tremble". The classics have once good orchestrations : « I Will Love Again », " I still believe in ", or « Immortelle » I was really pleased especially. That lack of singers sometimes, the tape support has not even when the same character.
Note the good effort at staging. All titles are illustrated with bright and varied video projections. obviously, it is sometimes a little kitsch, but after all, it fits well with the current Lara. Moreover, at this level, I would have liked her to do a dress effort and it does not come in jeans / t-shirt on stage. In any case, I am pleased that she has found success and I hope it will continue to offer us great things in the future. It ends with the photos of the evening videos, please leave your comments here or on social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ) or explore my other chronic : The Secret - Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris (2013), All I Women make their Show - Zenith, Dijon (2010) and A glance 9 - Zenith, Dijon (2005).
Setlist : My life in yours / the disenchantment / Immortelle / She dances / My desire / Want To Laugh in / You are my other / The difference / If Do That Remains Friend / I Will Love Again / Medley ABBA « The Winner Takes It All, Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) » / The Heart Who Aspen / Stand up / Not guilty / I still believe in / forgetfulness / I love you / When I Do not Sing