• Chrisette Michele’s concert review – December 8th, 2014

    Dez 9 2014, 12h58 por RnB_001

    Mon 8 Dec – Chrisette Michele

    Last night, American soul singer Chrisette Michele was in Paris to promote her latest EP, The Lyricists’ Opus and to celebrate her birthday as well (yes, it was yesterday).

    After an opening part made by a DJ, and the band getting ready (a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a keys player), Chrisette Michele and her backup singer Ashleigh Smith arrived on the stage and got the show started.

    They kicked it off with Epiphany (I’m Leaving) (from her 2nd album Epiphany) and continued with the chorus of Aston Martin Music. After that, she sang Charades (from Better, her latest album) and she then went on with Blame It On Me (from the Epiphany album), continued with Rich Hipster, Goodbye Game (from her 3rd album Let Freedom Reign) and Supa.

    She kept the show going by taking us back to 2007 and asked us if some people in the audience were in love. Some of them said they were, and on this word, she sang Golden (from her debut album I Am). She then introduced her backup singer Ashleigh Smith to us and both began to sing together. They started with If I Have My Way (from I Am) and continued with a jazz classic, Summertime.

    Then, they sang What You Do (from Epiphany), Be Ok (from I Am), a gospel song and A Couple Of Forevers. Both Ashleigh and Chrisette went backstage. Chrisette came back minutes after while the audience was singing Happy Birthday in English and in French. Ashleigh joined her a couple of minutes after to sing Love Is You (from I Am).
    After that, Chrisette told us about her latest EP and sang Together. They did some jazz notes, as well as some classic ones and went backstage once again.

    Minutes after, Chrisette came back alone and asked which song we wanted her to sing: Best Of Me or Better. We voted and she eventually sang both songs.

    She thanked us for coming, told she had a great time with us and she left the stage.
    Once again, she didn’t disappoint. The band was great as usual, and both Ashleigh and Chrisette showed us their talents. Chrisette sings the songs entirely and she often asks the audience to sing with her or to clap their hands.

    If you have the opportunity to go to one of her concerts, don’t hesitate, you will love it and you will want to ask for more.

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  • John Legend’s “All of Me Tour” concert review – November 3rd, 2014

    Nov 4 2014, 22h25 por RnB_001

    Lun. 3 nov. – An Evening With John Legend

    Last night, American R&B/soul singer John Legend was in Paris to promote his latest album, Love in the Future, and it was an unplugged concert.

    After an opening part made by a DJ, John Legend arrived on the stage under the applause of the audience. The whole venue stood up and applauded the singer, who was surrounded by his piano, a cello player, a bass, a violin player and a drummer.

    John Legend started the show with Made to Love (from his latest album), and continued with Tonight (Best You Ever Had) and then introduced himself. He said he was from Springfield, Ohio, and before he got signed on his current music label, every label turned him down (including the one is on right now). Then, he met Kanye West, and the rest is history.

    He explained that he started out by playing the piano on Lauryn Hill’s song Everything Is Everything, and a few years later, he did the backing vocals on Alicia Keys’ song You Don’t Know My Name. While he was explaining, he played a few notes to show us what he did.

    He kept the show going with an extract of Let’s Get Lifted (from his debut album, Get Lifted), continued with Used to Love U and Number One. Afterwards, he sang Save the Night (from Love in the Future) and Maxine (from his 2nd album, Once Again). He then told us that he often gets asked how he writes songs, and on these words, he sang Again.

    He went on with P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) and Save Room, with his guitarist (both songs from Once Again) and continued with Wake Up Everybody (from his album with The Roots) and Green Light (from his 3rd album Evolver). He then covered Michael Jackson’s Rock with You and the whole venue started to dance. After that, he sang Who Do We Think We Are and dedicated Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water to his deceased grandmother.

    The next songs he performed were his current single, You & I (Nobody in the World), Caught Up, Ordinary People (from Get Lifted, his debut album), So High and he came back for an encore and sang All of Me.

    This concert is one of my favorites I’ve been to. John Legend is a great singer and has a powerful voice. He proved it to us on this unplugged show. If you can go to one of these shows, not only will you love it, but you’ll also be amazed by his voice. He’ll make you dance and sing along to the songs with him and he never disappoints.

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  • Algebra Blessett’s concert review – September 26th, 2014

    Set 28 2014, 15h18 por RnB_001

    Fri 26 Sep – Algebra

    In order to promote the release of her latest album, Recovery, American R&B singer Algebra Blessett did a concert in Paris.

    There was a band made of a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist, a keyboard player and 2 backup singers, who came from France, and who played all night long.

    The 1st opening part was made by Sulpacio Jones, an R&B singer from Los Angeles. She sang a few songs from her newly released EP, as well as a few tracks from her upcoming album, which should come out later next month.

    The 2nd opening part was made by Gwendolyn Collins, a soul singer from Maryland. She covered a few songs, including Mary J. Blige’s Be Happy as well as Ledisi’s In The Morning.

    The audience was really happy to hear such beautiful voices and they all danced to the songs the singers were singing.

    Minutes after, Algebra appeared on the scene, and she started with Forever, a song from her latest album, Recovery. She then continued with RECOVERY, the title track of the album. Afterward, she kept the show with RIGHT NEXT TO YOU and asked us to sing along with her. She asked if we were ready, and leaned the microphone toward us and only a few people sang, which made us laugh.

    She then carried on with At This Time, the 1st single of her 1st album, Purpose (which was released in 2008) and she was given a guitar to play this song. As the audience was dancing and singing along, she continued with Another Heartache and Writer's Block, 2 songs that are also on her new album. The next song was U Do It For Me, another song from her debut album.

    As the show slowly came to an end, she asked the band to do some solos and the backup singers to sing. She also asked Gwendolyn Collins (who was in the audience) to come onto the stage and sing a song for us, for our greatest pleasure. We all clapped and cheered.

    She ended the concert with Danger Zone, What Happened? (another song from her previous album), and Nobody But You (and she asked us once again to sing with her, which we failed to do, but it was very funny).

    Algebra may not be very famous, but she manages to make the crowd dance and she’s a very funny person. She can make her audience laugh and it’s very nice to see that. Also, her way of singing reminded me of Ledisi (who is one of my favorite singers), which is not bad at all.

    If you love the R&B music, and if you have the opportunity to go to one of her concerts, I suggest you do so, you will love it.

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  • Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” concert review – April 26th,…

    Abr 27 2014, 9h56 por RnB_001

    Sam 26 avr. – Justin Timberlake

    Last night, Justin Timberlake was in Paris, at the Stade de France, to perform his newest songs off his 2 latest albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, as well as his most famous songs from his previous albums.

    After a DJ who made us wait for almost 2 hours, Justin arrived onto the stage, dressed to the nines (he was wearing a black suit, with a white shirt and a black bow tie), and kicked off the show with Pusher Love Girl (from The 20/20 Experience) and continued with Rock Your Body (from Justified, his debut album).

    After speaking a few words of French (which the audience loved), he then sang FutureSex/LoveSound (from his 2nd album FutureSex/LoveSounds), Like I Love You and My Love. He carried on with TKO (from The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2), Summer Love and LoveStoned (both songs are from his 2nd album).

    10 minutes later, we saw Justin sitting on his white piano; he performed Until the End of Time and dedicated this song to the couples which were in the audience and afterwards, he sang his part of the Holy Grail song. He kept the show going with Cry Me a River (from Justified), Only When I Walk Away, and after that song he thanked us for being there tonight and drank a shot of tequila on our behalf.

    He continued with Drink Me Away and Tunnel Vision. At this moment, we noticed that the stage (which was divided into 2 parts, the orchestra was on the main one, while he and his backup singers were on the other) he was on was moving, so he could be with the crowd (minutes later, he was walking through the crowd and asking if we were having a good time).

    The next songs he sang were Señorita and Let the Groove Get In (from The 20/20 Experience). As you may know, Justin hails from Memphis, TN, so he paid homage to Elvis Presley and covered Heartbreak Hotel. Afterward, he played his latest single Not a Bad Thing, and he then paid homage to Michael Jackson, and covered Human Nature. All songs were performed on his guitar.

    The show went on and he performed What Goes Around…Comes Around (from FutureSex/LoveSounds), Take Back the Night, Murder, Suit & Tie and the last song of the show, Mirrors. He thanked us once more time, asked us to make some noise for his band JT and The Tennessee Kids and left the stage.

    Justin Timberlake is definitely a real entertainer. He can dance and sing at the same time. His moves are very impressive and he always manages to make the audience his. Moreover, he always works hard to offer his fans high quality concerts (his 2007’s Futuresex/Loveshow concert lasted 2h30 while this one lasted 2h20). So if you’re given the opportunity to go to one of his shows, you’re guaranteed to spend an excellent time.

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  • Glenn Lewis’ concert review – April 7th, 2014

    Abr 8 2014, 13h53 por RnB_001

    Mon 7 Apr – Glenn Lewis

    Last night, Canadian R&B singer Glenn Lewis played at the Parisian venue Bizz’art in order to promote his latest album, Moment Of Truth.

    The opening part was made by a French artist, whose EP is coming out soon. It was not bad, I liked it. Her part lasted 35 minutes, and she had a nice voice, although I found that her songs were a bit too long.

    Minutes later, Glenn arrived on the stage, with his band (composed of a bassist, a guitarist, a drummer, a keyboard plater, and background singers). He kicked off the show with Storm (from his latest album). He continued with Simple Things (from World Outside My Window, his debut album), Up & Down and Random Thoughts.

    He kept the show going with some classics like This Love, It’s Not Fair, and Lonely. The audience was dancing, singing along to the songs and cheered when Glenn covered Michael Jackson’s I Can’t Help It. We all were enjoying the show.

    After that, he went on with Closer, Ugly Face and Can’t Say Love (all from the The Moment of Truth album). He then made us fly to Jamaica for a couple of songs, with Time Soon Come and Back For More. The temperature was rising, Glenn was dancing and we were enjoying until he slowed things down with the next 3 songs: All I See, Good One and Don’t You Forget It. Of course, going back to R&B didn’t stop us from dancing and singing.

    He came back minutes later for the encore: Fall Again. When he finished, he thanked us for coming to see him and left the stage.

    I honestly didn’t expect the show to be that good, and I didn’t think there would be so many people. Not only is Glenn an amazing singer that makes really good music, but he is also very funny. He loves to play around with the audience and making them laugh.

    If you ever get to see him live, you will definitely enjoy it. He may not be very famous but you are certain to have a good time.

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  • Backstreet Boys’ “In A World Like This Tour” concert review – March 18th, 2014

    Mar 19 2014, 16h03 por RnB_001

    Mar. 18 mars – In a World like this Tour

    In order to promote their latest album, In a World Like This, the boys are currently touring in Europe and last night, they played in the Parisian venue Le Zénith, to a nearly sold out show.

    To keep us waiting, just before the opening part began, Brian introduced his son, Baylee, to us, and let him sing 2 songs. The whole audience fell in love with him, and I have to say that he was really cute. After singing his 2 songs (including the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back), he went back to his dad.

    Minutes later, another American band made its way onto the stage. They’re called The Exchange and they’re absolutely amazing. This quintet is a mix between Ahmir and Naturally 7 (they’ve got great voices and they make all the instruments with their mouths). They covered James Brown’s I Feel Good, Macklemore’s Can’t Hold Us, K’Naan’s Wavin' Flag, Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), as well as 2 original songs.

    30 minutes later; lights out. The audience clapped, screamed with joy when the Backstreet Boys made their way onto the scene and sang together when they kicked it off with The Call (from the 2000 album Black & Blue) and continued with Don’t Want You Back (from 1999’s Millennium). Then, Nick came to see us and told us that they were in the music industry for almost 21 years and thanked us for still being there and supporting them.

    The next song they sang was Permanent Stain (from their latest album) and then took us down memory lane with As Long as You Love Me and All I Have to Give (from their debut album), continued with Show ‘em (What you’re made of) and Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.

    After that, they sang Breathe, I’LL NEVER BREAK YOUR HEART and We’ve Got It Goin' On. Then, we saw some children and the boys did an acoustic set for us and their instruments. It was really good. They sang an extract of Safest Place to Hide (from 2005’s Never Gone), 10,000 Promises, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) and Madeleine.

    They went back to dancing with The One,Love Somebody, and we kept singing and dancing on Shape of My Heart, In a World Like This and we screamed louder with joy on I Want It That Way. They made us sing for the encore when they came back for Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and Larger Than Life.

    Before walking off the stage, they thanked us once again and told us that it wouldn’t take them another 15 years to come back (they had come in 1999 to promote their Millennium album).

    This concert was one of the craziest, most spectacular, most intense and greatest shows I’ve been to. It was even better than the Montreal one I went to last year (because I was closer to the stage, and the opening part was awesome). I also got to see some extracts of the Backstreet Boys movie which should get released soon, and I really liked it. Although the songs they sang were the same than the ones in Montreal, it did feel good to see them again.

    If you have the opportunity to see them live, don’t miss them because they will take you down memory lane and you will be able to relive your teenage years.

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  • Gavin DeGraw’s « Make a Move Tour » review – March 2nd, 2014

    Mar 3 2014, 21h33 por RnB_001

    Dim. 2 mars – Gavin DeGraw, Yellowire

    In order to promote his latest album Make A Move, singer Gavin DeGraw started on February 26th in Great Britain, the European leg of his “Make a Move Tour”, until March 19th, where it ends in Italy. He’s then going back to the US for the American leg of his “Make a Move Tour”.

    Last night, Gavin and his band were in Paris, at La Maroquinerie venue and it was a blast.

    The opening part was made by London-based band Yellow Wire, and we were all surprised when the singer spoke French (which was really good). He said that Gavin asked them to open for him and they were happy to jump on the bandwagon. They played their songs for 30 minutes and they left the stage for Gavin and his band.

    Minutes later, the lights are out. Gavin and his band (which was made of a guitarist, a keyboard player, a bassist and a drummer) arrive and they kicked off the show with the title-track Make a Move and they continued with Heartbreak.

    He then took us down memory lane with Chariot (from his 1st album Chariot) and we all sang along with him. Afterward, he sang Different for Girls (from his latest album) and carried on with Run Every Time (from Sweeter), Who’s Gonna Save Us, he let us sing the end of the song then told us that we sang very well and he didn’t expect us to know the words.

    He went back to his debut album, sang Follow Through and once again, he let us finish the song. He was sitting at the piano, and we all enjoyed it. After that, he introduced himself for the people who didn’t know him and went back to his piano and sang an extract of We Belong Together (from his eponym album).

    Gavin and his band kept the show going with Best I Ever Had (from his latest album) and went on with Soldier. We then all jumped on Every Little Bit, sang along to More Than Anyone (he also gave us the microphone to end the song) and clapped on the Finest Hour song.

    As the show was heading toward the end and we were waiting for his most famous song, he didn’t make us wait any longer and we all sang our favorite song of his: I Don’t Want To Be. We all screamed with joy and all sang together.

    He continued to sing 2 songs of Make A Move: Leading Man and Everything Will Change and ended the concert with Not Over You.

    Before leaving the stage, he said that he wouldn’t wait another 5 years to come back and took a selfie with us, and of course, thanked us.

    Gavin is awesome and is a pretty laidback person. You can tell he’s having fun on stage and his lyrics are great. He can manage to make everyone happy with his song.

    This is another concert I didn’t regret going to. Although I wanted him to sing We Belong Together entirely as well as Stay and Belief, I was very satisfied.

    If you like the pop/rock tunes, I recommend you see him live. You will not regret it.

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  • Blue’s concert review – November 25th, 2013

    Nov 27 2013, 19h04 por RnB_001

    Mon 25 Nov – Blue

    Last night, British boy band Blue played in the Parisian venue l’Alhambra in order to promote their latest album, Roulette.

    A British artist that I hadn’t heard of opened for them. He sang some songs of his and said at the end of his part, he said that his album would be out soon.

    Blue arrived on the stage at 9.05pm with an orchestra which was composed of a drummer, a guitarist and key player. They started with We've Got Tonight (from their latest album Roulette) and continued with BUBBLIN’ (from their 3rd album Guilty). Then they said a few words of French, which made us very happy.

    Lee told us that they had been to a French restaurant the night before and they ate snails. It was very random, but they loved it so much that Lee decided to share it with us.

    Afterwards, they kept the show going with Fly By and Too Close (2 songs from their 1st album, All Rise) and carried on with Ayo and Black Box (from Roulette).
    They then sang U Make Me Wanna (from their 2nd album One Love) and Lee asked us if we could sing. We answered that we could and they sang Sing for Me (from the British edition of their latest album) and Paradise (from the same album).

    Simon asked us if there were some Stevie Wonder fans in the house. We also said that we were and we all sang Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (from Guilty). They continued with Heart On My Sleeve, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word and sang a classic from their debut album, If You Come Back.

    The next songs that they performed were all taken from Roulette[/album]: Broken, Break You Down, Break My Heart and Hurt Lovers. Before leaving the stage, they sang One Love and came back minutes later with 2 classics: Breathe Easy and All Rise.

    I loved their performance. Given that there was an orchestra this time, and the fact that l’Alhambra venue is bigger than La Maroquinerie, it was better than their previous concert they gave last June. Not once did they sing an extract of a song, like many singers do. It was really great to see that they sang songs in their entirety; it is something that matters to me a lot. I do like when they sing pieces of songs but not all the time because it is the best way to disappoint me.

    If you have the opportunity to go to one of their concerts, do so, you will love them.

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  • Tamar Braxton’s concert review – September 30th, 2013

    Out 1 2013, 20h23 por RnB_001

    Lun. 30 sept. – Tamar Braxton

    Yesterday, Tamar Braxton gave a concert in Paris (at the Nouveau Casino venue) in order to promote her latest album, Love and War (which was released on September 3rd).

    No sooner than the music of The One started did 2 topless male dancers appear on the stage. Tamar appeared seconds after. She started to sing but surprisingly, I didn’t hear any voice coming from her mouth. Maybe she was lip-syncing on her 1st song but she stopped doing so for the next songs.

    She continued with Pieces and All the Way Home and the whole crowd sang with her. She then explained to us why White Candle (the following song) was her favorite song on the album and started to sing it.

    After that, her dancers came back on stage and she sang Hot Sugar. It’s not my favorite song, but it’s alright. The audience kept singing and filming on their cell phones. She then covered Rihanna’s Diamonds and finished the show with Love and War.

    It wasn’t the best show I’ve been to, but it was fun. Tamar made with laugh with all the faces she made, with her hair... I wasn’t expecting much from her though. She could’ve done so much more, with more songs, but well, she maybe did the best she could.

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  • John Legend's concert review - July 6th, 2013

    Jul 7 2013, 10h20 por RnB_001

    Sam 6 jui. – John Legend

    Last night, American R&B singer John Legend was in Paris in order to promote his latest songs as well as some good old ones. He played in the mythical venue l’Olympia. Many people had come to sing him live and sing along with him.

    The opening part had already started when I arrived. 2 girls were singing and playing guitars. I couldn't catch their names nor could I hear what they were saying because of the noise that was around me. Most of the people were talking, and others were trying to listen, but they all seemed to be enjoying the girls’ songs.

    John Legend arrived on stage at 20.20. People were very happy to see him. They were cheering and applauding him. His band was made of a 2 female backup singers, a drummer, a keyboard player, a guitarist, a bassist and John’s grand piano.
    He started with his now classic song Used to Love U. The whole venue sang back the words to him, and he was really impressed to see that we knew all the words. He continued with his new song Made to Love (which will be in his new album, "Love in the Future"). The next 2 songs (Tonight (Best You Ever Had) and Who Did That To You) were soundtracks to 2 movies (respectively "Think Like A Man" and "Django Unchained").

    He then took us back to his 1st and 2nd albums with and extended version of Alright and Again. We kept singing and dancing to the songs. He kept the show going with Let’s Get Lifted and Number One (which were on his 1st album). Afterwards, he sang "Wake Up Everybody" (it appeared on the album he did with The Roots). John then carried out with Slow Dance and asked a girl to come up on stage. Of course, all the girls raised their hands, and he chose one of them. He made her come on stage; he danced with her and offered her a red rose. It made me laugh because he does that every time he gives a concert. He continued with 2 songs from his 2nd album: P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) and Save Room.

    The next song was Good Morning (from his 3rd album), and he played it on his piano, continued with I Can Change and went back to his 3rd album with Everybody Knows.
    He pursued with 2 new songs that will be on his new album: "All of You" and "Who Do With Think We Are". He also said that the new album will be released in September. He then sang I Love, You Love and added an extract of So High and finished with Green Light.

    Minutes later, he came back for an encore. He thanked us for being there, sang Ordinary People and left the stage at 22.00.

    It’s not the 1st time that I went to a John Legend concert, and like the 2 previous times, it was a huge success. I really liked the fact that he mixed the songs that made us dance with the slower ones he did on his piano. He’s a classy artist and it’s always a pleasure to sing him live. He doesn't disappoint.

    If you haven’t seen him live yet, I recommend you do so. You won’t regret it.

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