Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Rolling Stones, it's a blast!

The Rolling Stones ROCK! Despite a nasty cold, I got to the Stade de France early, to wait around on the “golden” pelouse, the grassy area closest to the stage, along with colleagues/friends from the OECD. Frances brought along vodka and straws, and I had cookies and water, and we stood there for hours surrounded by thousands of other people, waiting for the show to begin.

Star-something was the opening act, good talent but not really stellar – why couldn’t the Stones have opened with something more bluesy, more soul? Then, part of the problem is it’s so light out – no flashy light show to help the mood.

But Mick and the boys jumped into it with Start Me Up, and it was high energy. Newer songs – Rough Justice, She Was Hot – and jams throughout the first set up to the intro’s, then the golden oldies. Waiting on a Friend was mellow, surprising, and Sympathy for the Devil was HOT (pun intended). Satisfaction and Brown Sugar rocked, and the Brown Sugar video was sexy-soft on the eyes.

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And hey, for you fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Jack Sparrow, Keith Richards is indeed a hoot! I knew Johnny Depp had modeled his role on Keith, but didn't realise how incredibly well done it is indeed. Whenever Keith Richards was spotlighted on stage, it was a giggle to be getting flashbacks of Pirates! And when I watched YouTubes of Keith from the 70s, Cap'n Jack and Keith are twins, NOT son and father.

A better reference for those who don't care for Pirates is the YouTube of Mick Jagger and Dick Cavett's interview from 1972, when Dick asks Mick, "So how long can you keep this up, do you think you'll still be touring when you're 60 years old?" Mick: "I don't see why not!"

Me either, Mick.

Shows coming up in Paris, not to miss!

22 June -
George Michael, Stade de France

23 June – Lou Reed “Berlin”, Palais des Congres de Paris

28 June - Hommage à Serge Gainsbourg: with Marianne Faithfull, Jean-Louis Aubert, Jane Brikin, Carla Bruni, at the Salle Pleyel

30 June – Genesis
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30 June – Gay Pride
, street theatre at its most fun!

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Roaring 20s alive and well in Paris

It's not prohibition, but Yves Riquet's speakeasy is the best excuse for drinking rye whiskey that I've found yet. Generous bon-vivant Yves shares his glowing enthusiasm, passion and extraordinary knowledge of the jazz era with friends, musicians, artists, dancers and, well, acquaintances like me. We met at the 4th of July party I organised in 2006 around the theme of the 20s. Lucky me - Saturday or Sunday afternoons at his cave in the 18th arrondissement are convivial, enlightening and sparkling FUN. Players from the troupe of the Josephine Baker musical came along to the opening and chatted and performed, pianists Jean-Paul Amoureux and Pierre Bertrand are regulars, and Axel Zwingenberger and Vince Weber, in town for the weekend, joined us on Saturday 2 June for a four-piano extravaganza. Pinch me, I'm dreaming!