samedi 29 décembre 2012

ROCKERPARIS Top Concerts for 2012- The best, the New, the Old and the worst of 2012

The best shows, The nice surprises and the crap...of 2012

We've been to 150 rock concerts this year and we stayed in Paris for (almost) all of them excluding two shows in Lyon and Strasbourg for Guns N Roses and the Arras Main square Fest with Pearl Jam.

1- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & The E Street Band.
@ Paris Bercy July 4 & July 5 2012
Without a doubt BRUCE is the BOSS of 2012
2 Fantastic shows @ Paris Bercy Arena, both shows Sold-out with 18000 people screaming like one man. each show lasted more than 3h40 min.
First Tour without the Big Man.
The second show being the best and each time we had a terrific "seat" in da pit down the front.
the video below speaks for itself:

 The celebration for the 50th anniversary were nowhere to be seen and suddenly the Rolling Stones were everywhere, it started with the recording of two songs at the end of August in Suresnes then the band started rehearsing just outside Paris on Oct 1st for more than a month.
They've played one club show @ Trabendo on Oct 25 which was a dream come true: seeing the Stones in a 500 capacity club, Then it was a private show for bankers @ 1500 capacity Theatre Mogador on Oct 29.
The best was yet to come when they invited us at their penultimate rehearsals on Nov 08 another dream come true seeing The Rolling Stones at work for more than 50 min. A "mini-Trabendo" as Mick Jagger called it.

@ L'Album de la Semaine for canal+ April 20, @  Cigale April 22 & RTL radio show on July 03rd
 Not only he had one of the best album of 2012 with "Blunderbuss" but the man is going on Tour with two different bands ( one male band and one female band). We were lucky to get both bands at the Canal+ tv show in front of just 150 people. The Cigale show was terrific, Ice on the cake was a private 30 min showcase for a 100 people at RTL radio in the afternoon of July 03rd.
I'm still wondering why we didn't attend both his shows @ Olympia Hall on July 03 & 04.

4- GUNS N ROSES @ Paris Bercy June 05 , Halle Tony Garnier June10, Zénith Strasbourg June 11
 No matter what the critics are saying, this "Guns N Roses" or Axl Rose's band IS terrific on stage more than 2h30 min on stage lots of great songs including the one from "Chinese Democracy" and AXL on top form.

5- BLUE OYSTER CULT @ Montereau June 09
A classic band , Classic songs even though there are only two original members
Lou Reed opened and was horrible

Then in no particular order:
GRANDADDY @ Rock en Seine
The band was back together & it was our first time for us

METALLICA + The Kills @ Stade de France May 12
Maybe not their best show ( Sonisphere was fantastic with the big Four in 2011) but we were in the pit down the front once again so the view was top. The Kills were booed off stage

IGGY & THE STOOGES @ Casino de Paris
Private show for a beer brand, not really THE Stooges as there is only Iggy from the original line-up but still kicking ass and we went ON stage for this one, our second time as we already went on stage with The Stooges @ Fete de l'Humanité in front of 50 000 people a few years ago.

MILES KANE @ Cigale April 20, @ Arras in June, @ Casino de Paris Jan 30 opening for Arctic Monkeys.
Once again Miles played several shows in Paris promoting his first solo album, each time with class

The Musical Box @ Olympia
Genesis cover band : worst piece of shit I have even seen, nothing to with the band but the music ...
James Iha @ Maroquinerie was a joke

We also had a good time with:
 Chris Cornell solo @ Cigale June 22
Nick Lowe @ New Morning Feb 12
America @ Bataclan March 17
Leon Russell @ New Morning March 19
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ Grand Rex June 27
Noel Gallagher @ Grand Rex March 06 & casino de Paris
Imelda may @ Olympia May 11
Pearl Jam @ Arras June 30
ZZ TOP @ Olympia July 27
Steve Miller band @ Olympia Nov 02
Suzanne Vega @ Casino d' Enghien Oct 19
Rich Robinson @ Fargo & Silencio Dec 12

click on links for Pictures, video and review

Searching For Sugar man

"Searching For Sugarman"
 Probably of the the best documentary on music we have sen in a long time
It's out in France in movie theatre and it is a MUST SEE whether you know the man or not.
Of course we have both of his records and they are great, two lost gems that has been re-discovered and available everywhere on cds.

The incredible story of American musician from Detroit Sixto Rodriguez who released a couple of great albums in 1969- 1970 that failed but the guy sold hundreds of thousands of albums in South Africa and became a legend down under without knowing it and of course without getting a penny.

@ Cinéma in St Germain des Pres

lundi 24 décembre 2012

ROCKERPARIS Top 10 shows for 2012

ROCKERPARIS Top 10 shows for 2012

We'll be back in a few days , Stay tuned for our TOP 10 Shows for 2012

A little bird is telling me that Bruce Springsteen & The Rolling Stones will be on top of the list
The Rolling Stones for two special shows in Paris (Trabendo & Mogador)
Bruce @ Paris Bercy for two sold-out shows in July 2012



vendredi 21 décembre 2012

The Rolling Stones to Tour in 2013 and Ronnie Wood weds girlfriend today

The Rolling Stones @ Magador theater in Paris 

The Rolling Stones are more than likely to Tour in 2013, Coachella and Glastonbury Festivals are on the cards.
I've also been told late October that The Rolling Stones may rock Paris Bercy Arena for 3 shows.
We shall see...

in the meantime...
Ronnie Wood, 65, weds Sally Humphreys in secret ceremony today in London with Rod Stewart as best man
Paul McCartney was among the guests
Some pics HERE

Congratulations to the happy couple.

Royal Republic + Blackfeet Revolution + Sleepers @ Divan du Monde , Paris Dec 22 2012

Royal Republic + Blackfeet Revolution + Sleepers@ Divan du Monde , Paris Dec 22 2012

Blackfeet Revolution

Royal Republic
Last show of the year 2012 for ROCKERPARIS, Oui Fm and "Bring the noise" last free show @ Divan du Monde in Pigalle. 
It's packed with lots of yougsters.
First band is Sleepers from Bordeaux, cool hard-core/Stoner French band. Nice heavy set.

Next is Blackfeet Revolution, a duet: a guy on drums and another one on guitar /Vocals, heavy bluesy band, Black Keys wanabee: fuckin' ridiculous but the kids love it, I guess they don't know how to recognize a proper blues-rock band from a shitty mama's boys band that's trying everything to look and sound cool but which is not.

Last is Royal Republic, a Swedish heavy Metal band another uninspired and useless band with some skills but no talent at all.
Once again the kids love it.
We left before the end.

PS: Congratulations to the Divan du Monde sound engineer , each band had a terrific sound, greasy and not too loud. It was PERFECT, too bad the bands were not up to the level of the sound.



New line-up without Brian Downey & Darren Wharton

Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) on drums.

The new band is getting into the studio in L.A. in January 2013 with Kevin Shirley as producer.
Thin Lizzy will play its last shows in Australia in March 2013 with KISS & Mötley Crüe.
Then Black Star Riders will start rehearsing and touring.
 Black Star Riders Official Website: (active Dec 24th 2012)

Thin Lizzy @ Bataclan in Paris , France Jan 26 2011

mercredi 19 décembre 2012

Eric Truffaz + Baden Baden + Balthazar @ Pont des Artistes, France Inter, Paris Dec 19 2012

set list
Eric truffaz

Baden Baden
 Radio show tonight @ Radio France with Belgium rock band Balthazar, french Rock band Baden Baden and jazz man Eric Truffaz.
Each band is playing a couple of songs one after another ( see setlist for details) between boring interviews as Eric Truffaz is the main artist tonight he's ending the show with 4 songs.
Balthazar is another very good pop-rock band from Belgium (with Deus and Zita Swoon) with some keys and violin to add extra flavor.
Baden Baden is french band  singing in English or french between Pop-Rock and "Chanson" depends on the language, I guess we prefer in English
Eric Truffaz doesn't need any introduction, some cool jazz on the trumpet ( we saw him last week at Studio SFR) once again with a girl on vocals for several songs, nice voice but songs are more pop when she's singing so we prefer when it's more jazz & instrumental.

Cool 150 min recording maybe they should cut out interviews between songs as it's a bit boring.

mardi 18 décembre 2012

BB Brunes + Hugh Coltman @ Bellevilloise for Le Ring, Paris Dec 18 2012

BB Brunes + Hugh Coltman @ Bellevilloise for Le Ring tv show on France Ô , Paris Dec 18 2012

First time we're attending Le Ring TV recording for France Ô, in fact we've never heard of it before, this TV program already had Michael Kinawuka, Charlie Winston, Selah Sue and a few others.
Each time two artists are playing 5-6 songs each on a Box Ring, tonight we have English musician Hugh Coltman an french Rock band BB Brunes.
Early start as we're making our way into the Bellevilloise club around 7:30 pm and leaving the premises at 9:00pm.
Nice setting with a small white stage.
First is Hugh Coltman with his drummer and keyboard player for a cool short set of folk-rock.
Then we have the BB Brunes, lots of teenage girls in the audience who came specially for them but no screaming, everyone is very relaxed and enjoying the music.
It's less rock and more "dance" but enjoyable.