16 Mars 2018 – Sylvie Vartan : Forever Sylvie – Le Grand Rex, Paris
This concert has a symbolic big for me. It celebrates the first 10 years we shared together since I started writing 2008, at the crossing at the Congress of Sylvie Vartan and I never stopped doing since (cf. Sylvie Vartan : New Wave - Congress Palace, Paris (2008)). But it also marks the beginning of a beautiful adventure since I'm moving some time in the USA, and see on stage one last time seems to be the best ways to close my Parisian life.
I will not deny that we hesitated a long time before buying our tickets : I was not sure of my departure date, or want to attend a 3e both at the same show ... But the heart prevailed over reason, and here we are, at the top of the Grand Rex awaiting the arrival of one who through the years as well as the indices of body mass 😏. This made us decide, is the famous tribute to Johnny announced a few weeks ago and allowed to sell the last places. We will have the opportunity to discuss this a little further.
Let's face, on the balcony, the visibility is not good. I'm glad I attended the September evenings at the Olympia, they allowed me to really enjoy the show. Right here, is a bonus 👍 The opening is the same as last year : video editing mode " Hi buddies " just trace the early years of Sylvie career in song. The atmosphere is already highly charged in the room and when she arrives on "The Good Time Of Rock'n'roll", golden jacket on shoulders, euphoria takes spectators! I'm a little disappointed not to see the nice white outfit she wore last September, but I am delighted to discover this new opening that promises surprises for the rest of the evening.
After a few words of welcome, it continues with " When you are there " and " It is good to see you ". The Art Deco ambience of the room lends itself perfectly to the show. It seems to relive the heyday of vaudeville! In some ways besides, set design is more beautiful than the Olympia, because the illustrations stand out better and are supported by the majestic arch that frames the stage. Despite the energy she puts in interpreting « Mister John B » and « Love Has Laid His Hands On Me », I found him in a tired voice ... I had hoped better 😕.
The continuous collaboration with "Is That You Know? », « Chance » and "Listening In The Rain", I was looking forward. This is obviously the moment chosen one of the spectators to get up and go to stand at the railing, standing, without a second thought to the dozens of people behind it ... I leave him the benefit of doubt " All my friends ", but it seems not to understand that discomfort : I devote myself, descends the stairs and gently returns to its place. Applause. Thank you. The show can continue 😂.
It was time for her to leave, because this is the time "The Dance Sing The" ❤. The song is followed by " He returns " and a newcomer, "Irresistibly", that was sorely lacking at the September setlist. The arrangements reminiscent of the tour "New Wave" of which I spoke earlier this Article. The title makes her little effect in the public, Sylvie offers a nice ovation before " The most beautiful to go dancing ", you can find the video at the end of the article. We can say what they like, it's still one of the most beautiful French songs to date. She is also doing quite well on "By Love For Mercy".
It then lists the various languages in which she recorded songs : English, Spanish, German, even Dutch! But it means we of course, that she also sings in Italian in order to follow on " Like a boy / Like A Boy ". She then gives us the opportunity to relive the start of the tour 2008 with " Give me your Love " in the same version at the time. Missing only the jukebox and the outfits ‘pyjamas‘ for the revival is complete 😂. The first part ends on a fairly positive note despite not always just voice and a few oversights in the words.
The opening of the 2e part is the same as last year. This is a good thing as video editing is successful. You can see Sylvie in top form, both sensual and tigress, featuring the best outfits of her career to the tune of "Dancing Star". She is entering " Dance your life ". The atmosphere takes off instantly! She had the excellent idea to keep all the pretty black she wore 2017. The voice already seems more assured than the first part. This is a good thing, because I was a bit disappointed with his performance so far.
The energy does not fall through « Bye Bye Leroy Brown » and « Solitude ». Even if my place does not help me to enjoy the scenery, I still have to recognize that the visual atmosphere is really nice. I was desperate to see Sylvie a day accompanied by a pretty staged. She followed with a funny version of "What this Who Done Crying Blondes? » : the tempo is slowed down compared to last year and we are left with a performance slightly plane-plane. It's a shame.
If I expected "Listening In The Rain" in the first part, it was " The trap " I wanted to hear in the second. I squeezed the buttocks hoping to have, because many songs were discarded, leaving room for the tribute to Johnny Hallyday provided at the end of the show. Fortunately, for this last evening with Sylvie, My wish is granted and I find this song I particularly appreciated in September. You can also find it in the video player at the end of Article 👌.
The sequence begins with emotion "Wonderful Disenchanted", then it was the turn of "I do like Encore Que Toi" she still ruin after singing at the wrong. Unfortunately for her, his antics play tricks on him and by wanting to shift to, she completely loses the thread. It avoids some disaster 🙄. However, it does not have the same chance "It is Fatal" she botches forgetting the bridge despite the prompters! I am really disappointed, because it was one of the best moments of the previous dates. It then connects his greatest hits : "Love Is Like A Cigarette", "La Maritza" and « Nicolas » before finishing the set on « I Don’t Want The Night To End ».
The long awaited moment arrives. This is the time of the tribute to Johnny we were (sure)sold in the media since its announcement. Then I mark a break to give you my opinion on the matter ... I find quite normal but will make him a last farewell on stage. And I am also very glad that it does so ! But what I find limit, is that all communication around this date was based on it. It has become "The tribute show to Johnny". And when I see that Sylvie officers speak of an autumn tour called "Sylvie Vartan : The Legend Of Johnny ", for me, it is at the limit of indecency ... I think with a career like hers, we are not obligated to use the death of another artist to sell concert tickets. But again this is just my opinion. That being said, I suggest we come back to the show 😂.
It's a nice video montage that opens the sequence on "The idol Des Jeunes". We see footage of Johnny, to the city as the scene, that remind us how it was a great artist. Sylvie between the tune of "Hold Night" before interpreting facing the screen and not without emotion, a revised and updated version of " The most beautiful to go dancing ", she had already had the opportunity to sing 1996 (cf. Sylvie Vartan - Parc des Expositions, Chalon-sur-Saône (1996)).
"You upset, you have brightened my life, in a first cry of happiness.
Tenderly you have picked the spring of my life and love in my heart.
Closing his eyes, I remember the first kiss given.
On the threshold of eternal love, I was with you the most beautiful ...
The most beautiful to go dancing "
The emotion is palpable when it starts "Your Tender Years". On the screen, we see scroll of Johnny's family photos, Sylvie, David, Nathalie, Laura. Spectators of the floor waving red balloons in the shape of heart. It's a real nice moment after which she offers us a few words : "Every age has its share of exceptional people, was the case of Johnny. It was he who set fire to the heart of a generation. He came from a humble background, but he was the symbol of freedom and success. Pendant 20 years, were grown together in the light and passion. And even though life has separated us later, nothing could alter the love we had for each other. And thanks to the magic of technology, I would like to open a window in the sky and sing with him one of our greatest successes. ".
A screen projecting hundreds of stars down to his side, and then begins, with Johnny hologram, a virtual duet on " I have a problem ". If visually, it is not a success : the idea is ingenious. Bravo ! She explains that she then made a small selection of Johnny songs and invites us to sing with her. The sequence starts by gently "Hold The Night" before proceeding to the next level with more pieces rock 'n' roll : "It Is Terrible", « Gabrielle » (🙅), "It's Black Black", "I Want You Burn In My Life". It then interprets the unexpected "Blood For Blood" to finish with " That I love you ". The symbolism is strong and the public takes full lungs the words of this beautiful song.
The tribute ends with the video replay of their duo 2009 in Olympia, "Hymn To Love - I Do Not Regret Nothing", I've lived and I rediscovered with great tenderness and emotion (cf. Sylvie Vartan - Olympia, Paris (2009)). They were so beautiful ❤. The public has a standing ovation Sylvie back on stage to greet the audience and add a few words to Johnny's attention : "Thank you Johnny, thank you for all the wonderful years you shared with us. Be sure that your songs will live on in our hearts. We already miss you. ".
Difficult to pick up on a conclusion worthy of the name after much emotion. This is an exceptional concert in more ways than one. It has a strong symbolic because of my imminent departure, but also the emotional charge brought by this beautiful tribute. It was class and really, she was 'that' pulling my tears. Still today, in drafting this report and excerpts revisionnant, the emotion is there. What is beautiful in this moment, this is its uniqueness, I'm a little chagrined that she make a repeating sequence on the next tour. There are things that should remain unique.
Regarding the rest of the concert, I preferred dates at the Olympia in September, because the setlist was more complete, Sylvie fitter and above, because there was still the element of surprise (cf. Sylvie Vartan : Forever Sylvie – Olympia, Paris (2017)). Nevertheless, I spent a lovely evening and I'm glad she managed to renew the show by adding some new features such as "The Good Time Of Rock 'N' Roll", "Irresistibly", " Give me your Love ", and obviously all times Johnny that enchanted me at the end of the concert.
She will return to the Grand Rex 14 April with an identical show. I would not have the opportunity to attend, but if she decides to tread American soil with this tour, I'll be happy to go to applaud, right here, At New York. We left with the photos and videos of the show that will give you a quick overview of what to expect for the DVD, and for the concert next month. Feel free to leave your comments here or on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ! And if you like Sylvie, I invite you to discover the many articles I have devoted to it since the launch of the site by clicking right here : #Sylvie Vartan 😁.
Setlist : Le Bon Temps Du Rock'n'roll / When you are there / It is good to see you / Mister John B / Love Has Laid His Hands On Me / Is That You Know ? / Chance / Listening In The Rain / All my friends / The Sing The Dance / He returns / Irresistibly / The most beautiful to go dancing / For Love For Mercy / Like a boy / Give me your Love / Dance your life / Bye Bye Leroy Brown / Solitude / What Is Who Done Crying Blondes ? / The trap / wonderful Disenchanted / Do I still love Than You / It is Fatal / Love Is Like A Cigarette / the Maritza / Nicolas / I Don’t Want The Night To End / The most beautiful to go dancing / Your Tender Years / I have a problem / Hold Night / It Is Terrible / Gabrielle / Black This Black / I Want You Burn In My Life / Blood For Blood / That I love you / The Hymn to Love – No, I do not regret anything