• Ledisi's "Pieces Of Me" concert review - September 27th

    28 Sep 2011, 08:25 by RnB_001

    Last night, soul singer Ledisi gave a concert in Paris. Her albums are amazing and she's got an awesome voice! So I went to her concert and I enjoyed myself a lot.

    She came onto the stage around 20.25 and the 1st song she sang was Bravo (from her last album, Pieces Of Me). We were impressed by her voice and above all, the fact that she can hit high notes very easily. Then, she went on with Higher Than This (from the Turn Me Loose album) and asked us to sing with her, what we did.

    You could tell she was having fun on stage. She was joking with her band and we all laughed. She also made funny faces while she was singing.

    After that, she sang Think Of You, from her 3rd album, Lost And Found and then, she did an extended version of Knockin' (on the Turn Me Loose album) and she added some jazz notes at the end of the song.

    She was impressed by the number of people who were in that hall concert. The Nouveau Casino is a pretty small hall concert but it was full and we were having a good time.

    Then, she told us she was going to sing a song from her last album, and went on with Hate Me. Once again, she asked us to sing with her, and when she saw we didn't know the lyrics, she made the big eyes. It was very funny.

    She afterwards sang Joy, a song from the Lost And Found album and she also sang a song from her 1st album, Soul Singer, which was released in 2000. We all danced to the song and it was awesome.

    She then introduced to her band, and each member showed us what his/her skills. Ledisi's backing singers had a lot of success but so did every member (I was personally impressed by the drummer).

    Ledisi went on singing 2 songs from Pieces Of Me, which were I Gotta Get To You and the hit single Pieces Of Me.

    Before she started to sing Alright, the 1st song from her 3rd album, Lost And Found, she explained to us that she was going to give up the music. So she called her mom and told her that she was going to quit. The latter said that she didn't want her to quit, and gave her an advice. Ledisi thought it was a great one and thus, she wrote Alright and also made a contract with Verve Records.

    Before she left the stage, she thanked us and gave us some advice. She also said that it started with 2 people, then, 50, afterwards 100, and now, her concerts are sold out.

    She came back for an encore and she sang Shut Up.

    When she went backstage, her band went to see us and we could talk to them (they were a few people left in the hall concert). I was really happy to be able to talk to them. They're really amazing and they did an awesome job. They thanked us and were glad we spent a really good time.

    They also told us that Ledisi may come back in Paris in January. I'll try to go back because she's really great! She filled the room with joy and laughter :-D

    Thanks for reading :-)
  • Alicia Keys' "Piano & I" tour review - June 11th

    12 Jun 2011, 08:29 by RnB_001

    Sam 11 juin – Alicia Keys

    Last night was the 1st concert of Alicia Keys' "Piano & I" tour, a 4-date concert dedicated to the release of her very 1st album, Songs in A Minor, 10 years ago.

    The concert started at 8:05pm with a 1st part. It was a French singer who sang for 25 minutes. She sang songs from her forthcoming album and covered 2 songs as well: a Michael Jackson song and an Angie Stone song, Brotha.

    After waiting for 1 hour, Alicia arrived on stage at 9:30pm and played an introduction on her piano. It was a black and gold piano and candles were around it. It was very classy.

    Then she thanked us for being here with us and told us she would be explaining to us where she was from, where she grew up and the songs she'd listen to when growing up.

    She started with Butterflyz, then Girlfriend. After playing those 2 songs, she cover a DeBarge song, and continued with Troubles, A Woman's Worth, Never Felt This Way & Goodbye. She also told us the songs she played with her best friend.
    Afterwards, she went on playing/singing How Do I Feel So Sad (she explained to us what that song meant to her), How Come You Don't Call Me, Caged Bird. Of course, she sang an extended version of Fallin'.

    Slowly, this concert turned into a full concert, and she sang a couple of songs from The Diary of Alicia Keys, her 2nd album.
    She started with Diary and kept singing/playing Karma, You Don't Know My Name, and she dedicated the following song, If I Ain't Got You to us.

    After that, she sang a few songs from As I Am, her 3rd album.
    She started with Like You'll Never See Me Again, went on singing Superwoman and finished with No One.

    She played a couple of songs from her 4th album, The Element of Freedom, which were Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready), Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart and Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down.

    After a few minutes, she came back on stage to play one last song: Sure Looks Good to Me, she was given some flowers, told us how happy she was to start this 4-date concert in Paris, France, thanked us once more and left the stage.

    As for me, it was the 1st time that I saw her sing live (I was unable to go to her concert when she played for the 1st time here), and furthermore, she played and sang beautifully well. It was excellent, and this concert is on top of all the ones I've been so far. Plus, it was a privilege to attend this unique concert of the "Piano & I" tour.

    Enjoy :-)