26 June 2012 – Lenny Kravitz : Black And White France – Bercy, Paris
When I began writing reports for the blog, it was primarily to keep my memories intact over the years. Today, the goal is always the same, but I try to apply a little more to share my experiences with you in the most careful way possible. This year is a little different from the previous since there are many musical events I attend and I do not necessarily find the time to write articles… Hence the slight delay between concerts and the publication of my columns. I hope you forgive me !
This small closed parenthesis, back to Tuesday 26 June 2012 and Lenny Kravitz ! I had not taken note during the sale because I was not sure was still in Paris at this time of the year. Once my condition had stabilized, it was too late to get good seats and with work schedules, free placement was rather risky – finally, that's what I thought ! I had the opportunity to get two invitations for the concert, pit precisely, I shared with my friend William. As we exchanged a few days before our regrets not attend this date : it was normal that the ticket back him. Finally, with the invitations removal system at the last moment, one enters the room after all the spectators who stood in line all day. Stroke of luck, there is plenty of space on the sides of the stage which allows us to bring us closer to finding ourselves in the top ranks rather quickly. First friendly game, a group called « Vintage Trouble », whose singer is totally excited. Their music style is quite similar to that of Lenny : I even tried to listen to the album the next day, but I do not keep a lasting memory.
Before the emergence of the "artist", a slightly funky song is playing in the room. Technicians come remove the curtain and musicians are appearing. Lenny Kravitz takes place behind the microphone and the first title : « Come On Get It ». Very good choice to start the concert ! Note also that the sound is very loud, just one is under the speakers ... What follows « Always On The Run » that I do not know : I take this opportunity to observe the scenery ! A scene rather elaborate, consists of a background canvas screen and various bright triangular structures as you will see in the photos at the end of this report. A title is sexy « American Woman » : I love this song, I am very happy that party makes the setlist. The little riff on guitar is awesome. First standing ovation for Lenny who benefits from this triumphant welcome to share a few words in French with us : "Bonsoir Paris ! Thank you very much ... I will always be Paris ". Beautiful statement not ? A classic then with « It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over », the most famous ride of his repertoire. For a moment I really appreciate !
He goes on one of his other standard : « M. Cab Driver » I'm not a big fan. The projections on the screens are pretty cool : this title, they are related to words, since these yellow cabs rolling at high speed through the streets of New York ! The result is an instrumental interlude of more than six minutes, with brass, tambourines and many guitars obviously. A rather long interlude at the beginning of concert that brings it down my initial infatuation : I must confess that the idea of wanting to leave the spotlight on the music is good – but here, it falls a little flat. After a few songs, it's a bit too early. An excerpt from the latest album with then « Black And White America » – I do not know because I have listened to very little this new disc… I like the gimmick that comes along the way and chorus, reminiscent of the classics from his repertoire.
The following titles are « Fields of Joy » and « Stand By My Woman » I completely out of my memory : I could not tell you more unfortunately ! What I remember against by, it is excellent « Believe ». I had forgotten how the final guitar is beautiful <3. I remember falling in love with this song during his visit in Montpellier 2009. The concert continued with excellent from the latest album it : « Stand » – which stands out as one of the highlights of the evening. Lenny made us clap along the way : there are lots of atmosphere ! The bright and colorful projections on the screen give a festive tone to the song. Joli final musical in the batteries ! He then tells us that people often ask him why he moved to Paris and he replies that it's because it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is also very rock ‘n’ roll. It's the perfect sequence for the next song : « Rock Star City Life », very good choice for the setlist ! It makes me want to immerse myself in the last album !
The atmosphere does not fall with the powerful « Where Are We Runnin’? ». With this title I found Lenny Kravitz – I am often out of step with the rest of the world do not worry ! Live huge potential for this piece, who is, I believe, popular with spectators ! I love the small « Shake it, shake it » balanced on the bridge of the song ! There is something very strange from the beginning of the concert, Maybe you've also noticed if you were at Bercy : Lenny spends his time looking at the same side of the room (ours also, Fortunately). I think he has knowledge in the stands behind us, given the many smiles and small gestures he made since his arrival on stage. I'm not going to complain – because it was the perfect client for photos throughout the evening. This is also the most successful I've done this year !
The atmosphere is at its height when « Fly Away » commence. I love this title : I am delighted to hear it again on this tour ! The setlist is perfect for now ! When « Let Love Rule » starts : we told Guillaume we touch the end of the concert and we share for one version ultra-extended the song ! The song lasts just over 19 minutes Total ... Good, for those who were not there ... You tell me : but what he did for 19 minutes ? It does not just sing worry, He also toured the room ! And in Bercy, it still takes some time eh ! Moreover, in the final minutes of the song, I thought he was still at the bottom, but when I turned around : I saw him on stage planted. Saw the head of my neighbors, I think I'm not the only one not to have tilted it had already recovered !
This is the pre- final, as I like to call true-false last song of the concert. He leaves the stage, the lights are off and we know very well that it will reappear ... And he returns with his acoustic guitar we interpret « Stillness of Heart » I did not expect at all to hear. It is a beautiful song that takes a really special significance when seen alone with his instrument to 15 000 people <3. S’en suit « Blues For Sister Someone » and « I’ll Be Waiting » before a black-scene announcing this time the real final, the expected, the cult title of his book : « Are You Gonna Go My Way ». I almost thought he was not going to do it ! It is a fitting conclusion ! Je suis fan ! This is also the title I have chosen to illustrate my account, you will find a little lower video ! This is the guitarist who has the honor of finishing the concert with a solo of the most demented.
Once is not custom, I finish my report on a positive note, eh eh. Good, if they are considered a little, it's still normal, car, in the bottom, when I go to a concert is still that I have minimal interest in the events in question. Although sometimes it happens to see artists I do not know as was the case in 2009 Lenny also ! First of all I want to say that the setlist was remarkable : It's rare enough to be stressed. Sometimes there were some some breadsticks instrumental, but I found that there was a good balance between recent and classic titles of his repertoire. go ahead, to quibble I would have liked to hear "I Belong to You" and "The Faith Of A Child". I think the atmosphere was excellent, a sympathetic public as I like and we feel by investing more music by the artist. Anyway, there is something very attractive in the character "Lenny Kravitz", it's a showman – and I stress the word stupid because with his size : it imposes ! It has a real presence, it is sensual and very communicative with the public : I have absolutely nothing to say wrong ! Haha ! However, God only knows how I like to point it wrong ! Lol ! Short, I do not regret going to see !
We left as usual with photos and videos of the concert. Videos, you can see directly YouTube. Photos, they, are in the gallery of the blog linked is indicated just below. Feel free to leave a note if you also have attended this concert or want to share your passion with us for Lenny ! I also suggest you to join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover many other chronic concert, especially those devoted to Lenny Kravitz : Lenny Kravitz : Black And White France – Bercy, Paris (2012), Lenny Kravitz : LLR 20(09) - Zenith, Montpellier (2009) and Lenny Kravitz : Strut Tour – Bercy, Paris (2014).
Setlist : Come On Get It / Always On The Run / American Woman / It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over / Mr. Cab Driver / Black And White America / Fields Of Joy / Stand By My Woman / Believe / Stand / Rock Star City Life / Where Are We Runnin’? / Fly Away / Let Love Rule / Stillness Of Heart / Blues For Sister Someone / I’ll Be Waiting / Are You Gonna Go My Way