9 December 2015 – Madonna : Rebel Heart Tour – AccorHotels Arena, Paris
While Madonna is preparing to go on stage, I quietly installed at home to write you a chronicle with onions ! I'm interested in it since "American Life" and even if there were a little more hollow albums in recent years – je pense à "MDNA" and "Rebel Heart" – I would not have missed this tour for anything !
Having managed to release me earlier, I join my friends at Bercy to 16:30 Area, to begin the long wait until the concert. Because you do not know maybe, but love Madonna arriving very late stage, sometimes even after 22 hours ! The first part is simply abominable, And the word is weak ! LOL ! It's Lunice, Canadian DJ, who is responsible and makes us live hell for nearly an hour. And the nightmare does not end there, because we are, more, packed like sardines into the pit ! I have, at 20 centimeters from my face, two forty-somethings are all galochant 30 seconds : I wonder when they will invite me to participate 😀 short, at 21:45, after a short excerpt from a song by Michael Jackson, Queen finally deigns to show us ...
The introduction is visually very strong ! On y to Madonna, in evening dress, et Mike Tyson, chained, evolving one and the other in a world that is reminiscent of some horror movies : grids, Chains, closed doors ; when suddenly, a samurai army appears on the screens, but also on stage – it is the dancers ! the arrangements are recognized « Iconic ». While Madonna is abused and locked, its double joins the fighters and lead the troops. The tension is at its height in the room, appears when, above the stage, a cage in which the real Madonna is trapped. It imposes ! « Iconic » is the first title of the concert. This is a piece I love the album, and effectively, it seems to me ideal as an introduction to the show. Sadly, as is already focused on the big marquee and we must also avoid laptops and cameras, it is very difficult to actually enjoy ! The decor consists of a huge screen covering the entire backdrop (as in previous rounds), and a long Advanced, with a pointed shape of heart.
During the song, she also approaches us, while trying to fight his attackers, dancers 😀 samurai It is a fine introduction ! Having welcomed us, she goes on « Bitch I’m Madonna » Another title "Rebel Heart". On stage she is accompanied by all its Asian dancers and Nicki Minaj gives us a cameo appearing on the backdrop. Good. One exception to the reproduction of live music, but to win what ? Not much. This is certainly not the time that I remember most. After that, I recognize the rhythm « Burning Up » – which is a title I can not stand ! LOL ! It starts well for me is not it ? 😀 It retrieves an electric guitar in passing and just stack the words of his song in the middle of the Advanced. Let's move on if you will. She removes his suit, and finds himself wearing a lightweight black dress, raised by a white collar which of course reminds holding a grandmothers bitch. This is the sequence profanity ! Madonna and her dancers offer us a pole dance lesson « Holy Water » mixed in « Vogue ». If the idea is nice, Madonna is not downright graceful on the bars ! The end of the song is much more iconic, because she and her troupe reproduce a modern version of the Last Supper. Madonna finds herself tied up on the table and who served at the Last Supper of Christ and his apostles. The perfect opportunity to sing « Devil Pray », is not it ? Not having a great interest in the song I will directly move on !
And later, this is the first interlude of the evening on the title « Messiah ». It remains in the theme you say ! A screen comes form an incline with the scene, and while are broadcast clip images « Ghosttown » (we do not hear elsewhere), a dancer offers us a choreography combining contemporary dance and interaction with video projections. It's a bit long, but the result is nice. What is less, This is the song she chose for her return : « Body Shop ». ACTUALLY ? There's so much better to operate on this album and it takes « Body Shop ». Fortunately, staging catches a little piece of choice : it happens sprawled on the hood of an old Cadillac ; it seems that one is in the desert, in any case in a gas station lost in the middle of nowhere – and while it multiplies lascivious poses rubbing against the car and tires : the dancers do their best to fill playing the mechanics 😀 All these people gathers at the center, Madonna and offers us his first evening's words : she asks us if we have a good time, it compares the atmosphere on both sides of the room, in short, it does its job ! It then moves on to an acoustic version of « True Blue » we had not heard in years. Even if there is nothing special on stage, the sequence is cool.
I dread comes a title, « Deeper and Deeper ». I do not particularly like this song, and I fear a little… The result disconcerts me a little, but the atmosphere that emerges is really festive. If I say this is because it has managed to blend choreography country with a very re-orchestration years 80, while illustrating the title with psychedelic images jukebox Ha ..., and amidst all this, has grafted a gipsy wagon. Short. The great anything ! Cool down with then « HeartBreakCity ». It gradually moves towards the end of the advance while a spiral staircase arises slowly before our eyes ... Here, I confess, I seriously piss me off. Fortunately, it is not far we, allowing us to enjoy close until she finishes. The piece includes a short passage « Love Don’t Live Here Anymore ». My nightmare is not over, because it is « Like A Virgin » incoming – and like « Deeper and Deeper » earlier, it is not a title I like to listen. Well I give you 1000 : I loved ! I do not know if it is the re-orchestration or choreography corkie, but I took my foot ! LOL. This is also one of the moments I remember most ! She seems to have fun like crazy on this piece, and is the first title that really triggers a public response !
She left us by offering us a new interlude : « S.E.X. » during which the dancers take place on beds, to simulate the sexual act in all its forms. always subtle, never vulgar Madonna ! LOL ! When she returns to the stage, she is wearing a cape, and cape, it means « Living for Love ». No no no original, even if the performance is modeled on the clip : we have the right to the remixed version. It is a moment that I loved : you will find also the video in late chronic. While all the dancers were of Hispanic outfit, Madonna approaches us to interpret " The beautiful island ". No matter how many times she was on stage, it still works as well ! The audience sing the song loudly, from beginning to end ! I love this title and it is one that has best all evening market ! She disappears a few seconds to take it as a flowery dress, and returns to a pseudo medley- acoustic comprising : « Dress You Up », « Into the Groove » and « Lucky Star ». Objectively, rendering is not phew – but still a good time.
Then comes the moment of speech ! What would a Madonna concert without an interminable speech and full of cliches ?! It was obvious that she would speak attacks, and she would tell us how much she loves France, his culture, his art, etc. We have the right to all this actually, but rather well brought. His speech lasted still near 10 minutes and ends with the introduction of his son David Banda, who goes on stage, accompanied by his guitar to interpret a Bob Marley song : « Redemption Song ». so obviously, would have preferred that all we do "Love Profusion" acoustic, since this is usually the time of the "request song" ; but that bit of 9 years, who moved with his guitar before the 20 000 spectators to sing its recovery, I still find it extraordinary. They will also both, just after the show, give an impromptu concert in the Republic Square, in tribute to the victims of the attacks. And all this only to thirty people. I would have loved to be there ! She ends the sequence by singing the title which gives its name to the tour : « Rebel Heart ». The backdrop to the bottom is probably the most beautiful of the evening : It is a graphical editing of the most iconic images of his career ! Super cool.
This is already the last part of the show ! And on this occasion, it is thrown in the Roaring Twenties ! I do not know if you saw Mad Max : Fury Road – if you have not done, buy the DVD, download it, I do not want to know anything : look at the ! I say this, because during the interlude which highlights « Illuminati », dancers meet on flexible poles, that to sway back and forth, from left to right, as in the film. I know it is not easy to visualize as it, but go take a look on YouTube, it will give you an idea. This is perhaps also the most daring sequence of the entire show. When Madonna returns, she is wearing a little dress with sequin, and sings a « Music » jazzy, very cabaret. But it takes a few seconds, because the original sounds at Bercy, and it is madness in the room. In the middle of the song, She stops, and pianist, that plays and replays the gimmick « Music » finds himself drawn into a game that has not really measured at stake : he launched a Marseillaise. It does not need more viewers to sing the national anthem in chorus. This is a video that you can also find at the end of this report. « Music » resumes, we hear excerpts from « Give It 2 Me », then « Candy Shop » which is the next song.
When I saw the setlist, I said to myself : " NOT YET ?! " And finally, this is a title that I preferred all evening : I do not regret that she has integrated new : I find it even better with time ! What mood ! She followed with a funny version of « Material Girl » and moved, the center of the Advanced interpreting, in French please " Life in pink ". So it's not a title she made especially for France, it is truly integrated into the set list since the start of the tour. Her performance is not bad at all for that matter. At the end of the song, she sings a few notes « Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend » before moving on « Unapologetic Bitch ». Yes, the gap is huge between the two titles 😀 Every night, on this piece, there is a guest. It was Jean-Paul Gaultier who went on stage and plays the unapologetic bitch of the evening ! This is a title I preferred ! In fact I liked the last part ! LOL ! After a first goodbye accompanied by a "Bye Bitches" on the screen, she returned to « Holiday » who then signs a final bland and reheated. Damage to finish on it, really.
You've probably felt throughout this column, the show left me on my hunger. So yes, I still had fun, Yes, it's a good show, One can not deny it, but he missed a trick ! The first thing that came to mind when the lights are lit : it is in fact, it lacks fun. Was staged, we dancers, on a l’attitude… but too few of total euphoria times. And it showed in the public, invested much less than on previous tours ! Maybe I'm wrong, but my feeling. Then there is the choice of songs : for me that does not really have an affinity with the disc, I was super disappointed with the setlist. I love the songs of my generation, those years 2000 : des albums « Music », « Ray Of Light », "American Life" and "Confessions On A Dance Floor" and ... I got nothing of it ! I do not really understand why she snubbed this part of his repertoire ; yet it is full of power tubes or songs we hope to hear for ages as "Love Profusion" I quoted earlier, or even "Hollywood". It does not happen often, but there was really no way that I expected with excitement : it was just a series of songs that I like ... no more, and not necessarily well re-orchestrated to give a layer ! LOL.
As for the staging, although it is much less ambitious than the "MDNA Tour", there are still good ideas ! It made me think of the "Sticky And Sweet" by time. Today I dream of seeing a show and built consistent with paintings and songs that echo – but is not there yet ! Lol ! On the other hand, humanly, and it was stressed 1000 both on the Internet, there is great progress ! It is much closer to the audience than on previous tours. It seems much more fulfilled, more smiling, it is true that it brings more significant to our feelings. I'm in a bad mood, but us, I must admit I was glad to see her on stage ! A Madonna concert, it is still impressive : I would simply like to have more surprises ! This is clearly not my favorite tour : I did not even enjoy watching videos on YouTube 😀 I'm curious to know what she will do next : I hope a little more laid Album, in accordance with his age and we avoid the 'bitch' all sauces !
To finish, I invite you to discover other chronic Madonna of shows I attended, there are great things in the lot : MDNA Tour - Olympia, Paris (2012), MDNA Tour - Stade de France, Paris (2012), Sticky & Sweet Tour – Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice (2008) and Confessions Tour - Bercy, Paris (2006). And we leave, as usual with photos and videos of the evening, I hope all you will like it. This is normally the last concert of the year ! So we end up in 2016 Here and social networks : Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 😁
Setlist : Iconic / Bitch I’m Madonna / Burning Up / Holy Water / Vogue / Devil Pray / Body Shop / True Blue / Deeper And Deeper / Heartbreakcity / Like A Virgin / Living For Love / The beautiful island / Dress You Up / Into The Groove / Lucky Star / Redemption Song / Rebel Heart / Music / Candy Shop / Material Girl / Life in pink / Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend / Unapologetic Bitch / Holiday