Thursday, July 3, 2008

PERCY SLEDGE Paris Olympia July 2nd 2008


Complete different style of music this evening, Iron Maiden played a stunning show yesterday in a Sold-out Bercy, Tonight Soul legend Percy Sledge is at the Olympia.
Complete different atmosphere also and much more quiet than those metalheads.
Shame only 1000 tickets have been sold .
Support band is a young black female singer Lisa Doby check her myspace page she was good :
Nice introduction to Mr Sledge
As usual with these 'old' artist the house band ( The New Aces Band ) is playing a few songs on their own before they introduced the main attraction Soul Legend Percy Sledge.
I was lucky to see him at the LED ZEPPELIN aftershow party at the Indigo in London with other greats ( Solomon Burke , Sam Moore and Ben E King ) .

Unlike many other artists his age his Soulful Voice is as good as it was in the late 60's when he was riding high in the charts. Maybe he has a few more pounds but the voice is still intact .
Lots of classics tonight his and a few covers including Ottis Redding's " sitting on the dock of the Bay" and a fantastic rendition of Procol Harum 's " A whiter shade of pale ".
The concert couldn't have been perfect without his N° 1 smash Hit " When a man loves a woman".
Great evening !

On Stage and Off stage after the Show

" Sitting on the dock of the bay" :

" A whiter shade of Pale " :