lundi 27 février 2012

Trombone Shorty @ L'Album de la semaine, Canal+ Paris Feb 27 2012

Trombone Shorty @ L'Album de la semaine, Canal+ Paris Feb 27 2012

Less than one week after playing at the White House in front of President Obama with BB King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Booker T Jones....
Lots of groovy Funk-Soul-Rock tonight, first songs were all instrumental with lots of trombone (or trumpet) then he started singing with still some groovy tunes but more like Terence Trent D'Arby used to do when he was famous.
With had some great guitar playing too.
He's playing a sold-out show in a few days @ Bataclan in Paris, don't miss him.

dimanche 26 février 2012

The Musical Box @ Olympia, Paris Feb 26 2012

The Musical Box @ Olympia, Paris Feb 26 Lien2012

Genesis Tribute band @ Olympia

Another full house for a tribute band ( After the excellent Letz Zep) in the all seated Olympia theater in Paris.
Once again it's not cheap between 40 & 90 euros.
I've never been a fan of Genesis, YES... and NOW I know why ! It's just because this music SUCKS BADLY !
I have never seen such a pretentious , pompous, boring concert.
Don't get me wrong if you're into that shit you'll love it, it's faultless and The Musical Box put on a great show but now I really understand why young kids turned into Punk Rockers in the mid seventies when this shit was all over tvs and magazines with pompous bastards like Genesis or Rick Wakeman lost on stage among giant mushrooms or skating on ice with king Arthur.
2 hours of pure pain for my ears and I'm not talking about the ridiculous costumes (see pic above).

mercredi 22 février 2012

Anna Ternheim @ Café de la Danse, Paris Feb 22 2012

Anna Ternheim @ Café de la Danse, Paris Feb 22 2012

Swedish folk- rock lady Anna Ternheim is playing two sold out shows in Paris tonight (and tomorrow) @ 500 capacity club Café de la Danse.
When we make our way in , everybody's already seated and quietly waiting for the show to start.
Beautiful setting, a piano, a table, some sofas and carpets and even a stuffed my living room.

She's starting the gig on her own (@ 8:15pm) on acoustic guitar for a few songs, then on piano before welcoming on stand-up bass, guitar/banjo and share or lead vocals Dave Ferguson.
It's like "la belle et la bête" a beautiful blonde girl with a crystal clear voice and the old geezer with a very low voice à la Johnny Cash.
Lots of talking between songs and well-oiled jokes between those two.
They will keep us entertained with some great songs and a different seating plan as they've changed instruments for nearly every song.
Great 1h40 min set

mardi 21 février 2012

Mark Lanegan @ L'Album de la Semaine, Paris Feb 21 2012

Mark Lanegan @ L'Album de la Semaine, Paris Feb 21 2012


Once again we're very lucky, as we are attending the first show of Mark Lanegan on this tour, to promote his latest album.
Less than 200 people for this tv recording of L'Album de la Semaine (to be played on March 10 on Canal+), conditions are perfect , great lightning and the sound is perfect with Mark's voice up front.
He's playing with young European musicians (from Belgium ?) all dressed in black and I guess that they will have to pay a 100 dollar fine if ever they smile on stage.
Mark is in great spirit: he opened his eyes once to say thank you in the middle of the short set and even wave us goodbye at the end.
For the whole gig he'll stay glued to his mike like Joey Ramones did in his time concentrated on his vocals.
Funny how the white/Green lightning that was on his face made him look like a living dead from a Romero movie.
Needless to tell you that this 7 songs set ( 5 new songs and two oldies including one from Screeming Trees) went faultless.
You don't need to do much when you have great dark songs.
I wish he would have played a proper set in Paris.

Terrific !!!

The Mark Lanegan Touring Band is: (from One Wiskey)
Jean-Philippe De Gheest - Drums
Frederic Jacques - Bass
Steven Janssens - Guitar

Aldo Struyf - Keyboards,Guitar

lundi 20 février 2012

Sonisphere France 2012... What a fucking Joke !!!

Sonisphere France 2012...UK & Spain, Spot the difference !!!
Faith No More... What else ?

check the official site for more info on each of the Sonisphere in Poland , Switzerland, Finland, Spain, UK, France...

I Know where we won't be on July 07 & 08th..................... @ Sonisphere France

METALLICA , MEGADETH, Anthrax & Slayer @ Sonisphere 2011

The worst organized festival we've ever been to... and the most dangerous.

dimanche 19 février 2012

Beth Hart @ Virgin Megastore, Paris Feb 20 2012 6:30 pm

Beth Hart @ Virgin Megastore, Paris Feb 20 2012 6:30 pm
Beth Hart LIVE

New sensation Beth Hart is playing a free showcase @ Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysées to promote her latest album.
Her cover of the Tom Waits' song is played on radios over here, her next show @ New Morning club in March is sold-out & another one is planned at the much bigger Cigale theater in June.
So everything's fine for Beth Hart in France these days.

setlist (TBC) & lovely reporter from BFM TV

Lots of people this evening to see Beth, she's getting on the tiny stage on time @ 6:30 for a 50 min set of blues-soul songs on acoustic guitar or on piano.
Her voice is soulful and powerful, she may have changed a couple of songs from the original setlist, she played "Monkey man" (Am I right? ) on request.
That's her second show in Paris as she already opened for Scorpions @ Paris Bercy in 1996.(on Nov 11 to be exact)
Great set

signing & smiling

vendredi 17 février 2012

BLACK SABBATH European Tour Cancelled

Official statement:

The original lineup of BLACK SABBATH — who late last year confirmed the recording of their first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour — have had to put some plans on hold due to guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma. At this time, BLACK SABBATH will perform only one show of this summer's previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.'s Download festival.

So as not to let the promoters and fans down, SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These "first-ever" OZZY & FRIENDS shows will feature appearances by "special guest" musicians, including Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special BLACK SABBATH set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy bandmember Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other "special guests" set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).

Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, BLACK SABBATH continues to write and record music in the U.K. for its upcoming album. More information about these dates and BLACK SABBATH's recording and touring plans is forthcoming.

The 2012 tour dates are as follows:


Jun. 10 - Donnington, UK @ Download Festival


May 23 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena
May 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Stadium
May 27 - Jelling, Denmark - Jelling Festival
May 29 - Bergen, Norway - Bergen Calling Festival
May 31 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
Jun. 02 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Stadium
Jun. 04 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle
Jun. 06 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
Jun. 15 - Vitoria, Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
Jun. 17 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun. 22 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 24 - Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival
Jun. 26 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
Jun. 28 - Belgrade, Serbia - USCE Park
Jul. 01 - Athens, Greece - Rockwave Festival – Terra

jeudi 16 février 2012

Bruce Springsteen's Press Conference @ Théatre Marigny, Paris Feb 16 2012

updated Feb 17 with official video

Bruce Springsteen
's Press Conference @ Théatre Marigny, Paris Feb 16 2012

Bruce Springsteen is in Paris to promote the new album, yesterday he did press junkets for the European press @ Sony Music HQ.
This afternoon he did a press conference @ Théatre Marigny but we can't really talk about it.

Yeah ! really funny how Sony is handling the promo, Journalists knew he was doing this just a couple of days ago, they 've been told the location of the press Conference after the bus took them from the Sony HQ en route to the theater. And they're NOT allowed to talk about it until the end of the month.
Marketing's misterious ways

Here's an official video from the press conference @ Théatre Marigny

It looks like they did this promo in Europe at the last minute, as Bruce is rehearsing for the Tour, because pre-orders for the new album are very low.
Check our review with Pics and setlist of Bruce Springsteen 's show @ Parc des Princes in 2008
If you're coming on this site for the first time we have LOTS of reviews with Pics, videos & setlist for all the rock concerts in Paris.
Get registered on the top left , we also have a facebook page with more news

We also have a search engine on the top left: write down the name of your favorite band to see what we have in stock (some cool Neil Young for example)

A little treat for ya all: Bruce & the E Street Band with the late Clarence @ Paris Bercy december 2007,
Christmas time is here again...

Slash new album "Apocalyptic Love" cover artwork revealed

Slash new album "Apocalyptic Love" cover artwork revealed

The album is due out May 22 on Slash's own label Dik Hayd International

mercredi 15 février 2012

Marianne Faithfull @ Théatre de l'Odéon, Paris Feb 15 2012

Marianne Faithfull @ Théatre de l'Odéon, Paris Feb 15 2012
Not a concert tonight but some reading @ Théatre de l'Odéon not far from St Germain des Pres and just in front of Jardin du Luxembourg.
There wasn't a lot of advertising so it wasn't full, it was packed downstairs but lots of empty seats on the sides at the balcony.
As you can see on the pics, it's one of the most beautiful theatre in Paris.

Lady Marianne read us Shakespeare's sonnets (around 20) with Vincent Segal on cello.
She was reading for 2-3 min with the translation on a huge screen in the back and then Vincent Segal played his cello for a couple of minutes.
It went on like this for 80 min.
It was interesting, Marianne's reading was faultless and her voice was perfect.
The cello was sounding amazing, it's one of my favorite Classical instruments .

I would have prefered that they left the translation on the screen while Vincent was playing cello:
If you were reading the text, you didn't focus on Marianne's reading and if you were only listening to her without reading the text, you couldn't understand the meaning of it, sorry we're French.
Cool gig

Marianne Faithfull @ Théatre du Chatelet on March 22 2011 (1st show) & on March 23 (second show) with Wayne Kramer.
@ Fnac Montparnasse on Feb 09 2011 for a Question & Answer.
@ Cité de la Musique on June 17 2009 (1st show) & June 18 2009 (second show)

mardi 14 février 2012

Django Django @ Fnac Forum, Paris Feb 14 2012, 6:00PM

Django Django @ Fnac Forum, Paris Feb 14 2012, 6:00PM

Nice acoustic show from new pop sensation Django Django.
It started very late and they only played 3 songs ( video of first one below).
They sounded like Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, very psyche but I Guess when they're playing electric it's more "electro"

lundi 13 février 2012

Music & Comic Book : Limited Edition giant vinyl with Bowie, Beatles , Led Zeppelin

When Music meets Comic Book

Hervé Bourhis (The Beatles) / Charles Berberian (David Bowie) / Zep (Led Zeppelin)

Available @ Galerie Oblique

Galerie Oblique, when Music meets Comic Book
Some of the most famous French cartoonists have created some very limited giant edition 66rpm vinyl, each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.

Check the gallery's website for the next exhibitions dedicated to Comic book

dimanche 12 février 2012

Nick Lowe @ New Morning, Paris Feb 12 2012

Nick Lowe @ New Morning, Paris Feb 12 2012

Not a lot of people on this sunday night at this famous Parisian Jazz club New Morning.
Once again you've missed one hell of a show.
We're not really familiar with his repertoire, we've just been told that we had to go as he's a great composer and...we were not disappointed.
It was a very relaxed and laid back concert with lots a great songs sounding between Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash & JJ Cale.
Conditions were perfect with tables and seats in front of the stage, a bit as if he was playing in our living room.
He started the show on his own on the acoustic guitar for a couple of songs, his band joined in for the rest of the gig.
Nice arrangements on each songs with subtle keyboards/piano and guitar with stand up bass for a warm sound. Vocals were superb.
Very classy gig.

Whitney Houston dead at 48, RIP

After Amy Winehouse another great singer, even though you like her music or not, has died.

Singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, according to her representative Kristen Foster
She apparently died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
no more news for the moment

vendredi 10 février 2012

Gilby Clarke @ L'Empreinte, Savigny le Temple Feb 11 2012

Gilby Clarke @ L'Empreinte, Savigny le Temple Feb 11 2012

Former Guns n Roses guitar player on "Use your Illusion" mammoth world tour is playing for the first time as a solo artist in France, he already played in Paris with GnR, Snakepit & MC5, tonight he's playing a tiny club 30 km south of Paris @ L'Empreinte in Savigny Le Temple.
It may be far but it's very easy to go there, 35 min with the train from Gare de Lyon and the club is just in front of the station.
First on stage is a GNR tribute band with the most ridiculous "Axl Rose" copycat I have ever seen, hard to believe I thought it was a candid camera episode.
Then we have a very average Swedish rock band.
Gilby is getting on stage @ 10pm, he's playing all guitars and singing all vocals with the bass player and drummer for the Swedish band.
Beginning of the set is quite average with some very... average songs, then when he starts playing his best songs from the first album, his best one, or a Snakepit it's getting much better, we have a few covers including " It's so easy" or a Bob Dylan "Knocking..." that GNR were covering.
he has a great rock N Roll voice and the guitar playing is neat.
The show ended with two nice renditions of Rolling Stones' songs, the first "Wild Horses" that he played on his own and then "Dead Flowers".
Overall good 65 min show but plagued by too many average songs at the beginning.

setlist: (from our friends @ GnrFrance)
Wasn't Yesterday Great
Under The Gun
Motorcycle Cowboys
It's So Easy
Monkey Chow
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Cure Me... Or Kill Me
Be Yourself (And 5 Other Cliches)
Tijuana Jail
Wild Horses
Dead Flowers

65 min set

"Cure me or Kill Me"