Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Thirty Seconds To Mars @ Accor Arena, Paris - May 21st, 2024

I went into the Thirty Seconds to Mars show with only a casual knowledge of their music—mostly their debut album produced by Bob Ezrin and a few radio singles. Still, I was curious to see what they had to offer... My first surprise was how well-attended the event was. I didn't realize the band had such a huge following here in France.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Yes @ Salle Pleyel, Paris - May 20th, 2024

After three postponements, Prog-Rock behemoth Yes finally returned to Paris. Since the first scheduled show, the tour has gone through many iterations: it was first supposed to concentrate on 1974's Relayer, but then that was changed to a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of 1972's Close To The Edge. But they've also released two new albums in the interim: 2021's The Quest and 2023's Mirror To The Sky. So they've had to work at least one song off of these album into the tour, which ended up being billed as The Classic Tales Of Yes... But more significantly, drummer Alan White passed away, making Steve Howe the last member of the classic era on that stage. 

Roger Dean: The Artwork of Yes @ Salle Pleyel, Paris - May 20th, 2024

At each stop of their current tour, Yes is displaying Roger Dean's artwork in the foyer of the venue. Dean is of course most famous for the album sleeves he designed for Yes but he's designed record covers for artists as diverse as Patto, Osibisa, Atomic Rooster, Gun, Uriah Help, Gentle Giant, Budgie, Gravy Train or Asia to name a few. Highlighting his vision, imagination and technique, this exhibition is a fantastic idea and a real delight for fans of Yes, rock music history or visual art connoisseurs alike.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Walter Trout @ Alhambra, Paris - April 30th, 2024


Blues-Rock legend Walter Trout returned to Paris in support of his stellar new album "Broken," just under a year since his last sold-out performance in the city of lights. The Parisian crowd clearly can't get enough of him!

Gaëlle Buswel @ Alhambra, Paris - April 30th, 2024


Gaëlle Buswel is the go-to artist whenever you need an opener for a blues-rock or classic rock act coming through France. We've lost count of how many times we've seen her play a support set over the years. In this instance, she played a 20-minute slot in an acoustic duo format, accompanied by guitarist Sylvain Laforge.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators @ Zénith, Paris - April 29th, 2024

This is the last night of the European tour for Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators and the Zénith arena is absolutely packed to the rafters with rock fans hungry for some serious riffage. Of course, Slash was last in town nine months ago with Guns N' Roses but the Conspirators (which haven't rolled through Paris in five years) are a different thing altogether. This is clearly Slash's band:  no piano ballads (well, maybe just one...), no 12-minute epics, just pure, driving no-frills hard rock, served piping hot. 

Mammoth WVH @ Zénith, Paris - April 29th, 2024


Seems like Wolfie and his gang are everywhere …these days… They've secured prestigious opening slots, sharing stages with giants like Alter Bridge, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, and Foo Fighters. Their music seamlessly blends heavy riffs with melodic hooks, bridging the gap between metal and alternative genres while paying homage to rock tradition. While Wolfie's lineage might hint at Van Halen nostalgia, Mammoth WVH stands on its own with a sound that's fresh and compelling.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Courte Grill & the Buffalo Pailles @ Le Sub Pigalle, Paris - April 27th, 2024

If you haven't toured around France and found yourself stopping at run-down rest stops near sketchy highway exits, you could be forgiven for missing the clever twist in this band's name. Thankfully, their music is a lot more accessible, and certainly more inviting than the restaurants they are named after: Courte Grill and the Buffalo Pailles serve up country tunes in a way that is at once earnest and tongue-in-cheek. There is a reverence for the form, but there is also a meta element to it, which is obvious in their choice of cover material.

Justyna Kelley @ Le Sub Pigalle, Paris - April 27th, 2024

Justyna Kelley hails from Nashville and plays an exquisite blend of country and folk, enriched by her mesmerizing vocals and poignant lyrics. Accompanied by Carlton Moody of the Moody Brothers on guitar and backing vocals, and Gilles Michel on bass, Kelley's pure voice and genuine stage presence created an intimate connection with the audience, making every moment memorable.

Fishbone drama

It sounds like this was brewing for quite a while, but this news item has blindsided the Fishbone fandom: Norwood Fisher, "Dirty" Walt Kibby and John Steward have apparently been dismissed from the band... 

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Deep Purple to release new studio album on July 19th

Hard Rock pioneers Deep Purple have announced the release of a brand new studio album. Due out on July 19th via , "=1" is their first album of original material since 2020's "Whoosh" and the first record to feature new guitarist Simon McBride, who replaced longtime axeman Steve Morse two years ago.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Listen to David Gilmour's new single "The Piper's Call" here


David Gilmour has released the first single from his upcoming album "Luck and Strange", due out September 6. You can listen to "The Piper's Call" and pre-save the album in your Apple Music library in the embedded player below.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Simple Minds @ Zénith, Paris - April 18th, 2024


Boasting one of the most unassailable catalogues in pop and nearly two years after their last triumphant date in the French capital (well, Boulogne-Billancourt to be precise...), Simple Minds are returning to the Paris Zénith where they recorded their seminal live album In The City Of Lights back in 1986.

Del Amitri @ Zénith, Paris - April 18th, 2024

Nearly four decades since their debut album dropped and almost thirty years since they last played in the City of Lights (well, Ris Orangis, close enough), Del Amitri returned to Paris in support of Simple Minds' Global Tour. Unfortunately, a sizable portion of the audience didn't bother showing up for the opening act: it's their loss. For the ones that did show up, Del Amitri's set was quite the treat, like seeing a long-lost friend.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Cymande @ le Trianon, Paris - April 17th, 2024

Decades of reverence and an almost mythical status in the Funk genre preceded Cymande's resurgence onto the music scene. After a hiatus of a decade, during which their sampled tracks became foundational for hip-hop, the band regrouped a decade ago. Their recent stop at the packed Trianon theater in Paris' Red Light district was a testament to their enduring appeal.