Last night in Paris … Christophe Mae

The singer went on an anniversary tour to celebrate 15 years since his debut album. The possibility of a devilishly effective show!

He comes alone, the shirt sticking out of his pants, a good student, but not too much. And even before he grabs his guitar, Christophe Maé gets a standing ovation from an Olympia full of people, clearly ready to party. But Maé prefers to start cautiously and attacks “Mon paradise”, taken from his first album, which he celebrates 15 years. What a great idea to dive back into a record that sold 1.5 million copies at the time, which then triggered a Maé-Mania. For the first part of the show will very quickly turn into a form of collective euphoria that has rarely been seen in recent months. “Belle demoiselle” is sung exclusively by a predominantly female audience and lets the three musicians gradually join the hero of the evening. “On this first album, says the latter, I had put everything that had been close to my heart for twenty years. And of course he also talked about my mother,” he says he should introduce “mother. But Maé and her band not only stick to the original. No, they like to stretch the titles, a bass solo here, another harmonica there, and leave as much space as possible for the music. “Go and see elsewhere” also allows us to see the vocal path taken.If Maé used to sing well on the 2007 record, he is now a skilled performer who knows exactly how to make a room react, how to surprise him – while physically walking long.

A nod to Johnny

Christophe Maé on stage at Olympia.

Christophe Maé on stage at Olympia.

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Especially since the half hour ahead will just turn the legs like the head of the spectators. “It Hurts”, “Because We Never Know”, “We Get Connected” and “It’s My Country” – four of his biggest hits played in a row – allow both a leap into the past but also more than wonderful moments of collective joy. Maé jumps, roars, salutes the room, fights to make people forget for one night the two years of Covid and the chaos that surrounds us. Paris, in tone, leaves his seat and willingly embarks on this nostalgic sequence, where a welcome nod slips to Johnny Hallyday.

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Maé has never been someone who has talked long between the titles, but tonight he can not help but pay tribute to the pleasure of being with his musicians, a chorister and a pianist who have been on the road. “My Spiritual Father” his first song written as a 16-year-old, a tribute to Bob Marley, concludes this first part of the concert gently.

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Inevitably, after bringing the room to its knees, we will have to go up the slope. But Christophe Maé loves this adversity. So he comes back with “My Little Guy” a slightly naive hymn to his first child. But it is the “Bouquet of roses” that impresses the most. This simple piece that moves the hymn to life, borrowed from the melancholy – one of the peaks of his repertoire – moves Paris, which is captured by the stripping of an a-cappella finale. “Ballerina” is logically dedicated to his wife Nadège, present this evening when “He is where happiness” allows him to descend into space. Maé clearly likes to go “in touch”: he shakes hands, kisses children, poses for selfies – as in the world before. And then “y’a du soleil” his hit from last summer gives him the opportunity to get the audience to dance one last time. “Thank you for letting go,” he said moved to see the floor as the balcony followed him in his delirium. “you and I have remained children” he swears before starting the last “last dance”.

As a reminder, “The Doll” – a rare social piece by the 46-year-old singer – performed with piano / voice makes the audience shake. Before “I went”, Christophe is proud to greet Ophelia, a little girl he met on the street during the day. He knows how important it is to make children dream. Him who for a long time held on to the idea that his name might one day be at the top of the list. It’s been going on for 15 years now – especially thanks to Dove Attia, thanks before “The end of summer”, extended to its maximum. Last night in Paris, Christophe Maé could only be proud of the progress that has been made. And may consider the next chapter with serenity: it is rumored that a new album may be coming before the end of the year. The afterlife therefore continues. Better.

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Set list of 13 May 2022, Paris, L’Olympia

1 / My paradise
2 / Beautiful young lady
3 / Mor
4 / See elsewhere
5 / It hurts
6 / Because you never know
7 / We get linked
8 / This is my country
9 / My spiritual father
10 / My little guy
11 / Bouquet of roses
12 / Ballerina
13 / Where is happiness
14 / It’s sunshine
15 / The last dance
16 / The doll
17 / I went
18 / The end of summer

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