Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lenny Kravitz + Raphael Saadiq @ Bercy, Paris Nov 29 2011

Lenny Kravitz + Raphael Saadiq @ Paris Bercy, Nov 29 2011

Raphael Saadiq

Firts on stage is Raphael Saadiq and his band for a mix of Soul & Blues that kept the audience entertained for the 45 min he was given.
Nice set.

The last time we saw Lenny was @ Bercy in May 2009 with Chris Cornell opening, he also played a charity show @ Grand Rex for the Peace one day Fest in Sept 2009 but he only performed 3 songs.
Tonight it's sold-out, he will play another gig in June 2012 in this very same arena.
Lots of beauties everywhere, Lenny is always attracting beautiful girls.

We haven't heard the new album but the single sounds like a b-side of a 70's song by Stevie Wonder and his previous record "It's time for a love revolution" was really crap.
So we have doubts about tonight's show.

The stage is beautiful: Pyramide shaped with a screen in the back, it started with some rock songs : first a new song then " always on the run" and "American woman".
There's a powerful lightshow and Lenny is making sure to be in the spotlight all the time even when his musicians have a solo spot.
He's the star.
Craig Ross is doing a great job on lead guitar and there is the charming Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, from the David Bowie Band, she has also played with Gwen Stephanie and many other artists.
There is also a horn section for extra flavour.
For the last songs of the set Lenny is getting more and more rock with a stunning version of "Are you gonna go my way" (Here on video).
For the Encore only Craig and Lenny are back to play a couple of acoustic songs just in front of the first row of the audience. Cellphones are out.
1) Come & get it
2) Always on the run
3) American woman
4) It ain't over till it's over
5) Mr Cab driver
6) Black & white america
7) Fields of joy
8) Stand by my woman
9) Believe
10) Stand
11) R'n R is dead
12) Rock star city life
13) Where are we running
14)Fly away
15) Are you gonna go my way
16) Push (acoustic )
17) I belong to you (acoustic)
18) Let love rule
For the last number after an almost 10 min & very groovy version of "Let love rule" Lenny is taking off his jewelery and is getting down into the pit from the front to the back and is walking up the stairs to go into the stalls for a full tour of Bercy.
Only to come back a few minutes later to the stage to say goodbye.
Needless to tell you that the girls are wetting their pants.
saying Hello to a few friends

Great gig !
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