Last show tonight with Mylene Farmer at the Paris La Défense Arena. This has been one intense and fun ride! 15 days of music and dance rehearsal, 12 days of production rehearsal, 130 people crew, 9 shows, 240.000 people in the audience, 16 dancers, 190 tons of equipment hanging from the ceiling, 1800 people to build the stage. The numbers are unbelievable!
I will have many fond memories of this time, but the most powerful thing I take away from the experience is the friendship that has developed within the band. My fellow band members Charlie Paxson, Sébastian Chouard, Joel Shearer, Vincent Bidal and Jonathan Noyce are as talented, professional and experienced as they are warm-hearted, funny, open-minded and completely crazy. Love them all! Enormous gratitude to the one and only Olivier Schulteis for bringing us together and doing such a fantastic job of preparing the arrangements and being the calm, efficient and all around lovely band leader that he always is.
The enormous crew is a collection of the best and nicest talent in France, and it was just remarkable that we made it through the entire run without any tension, conflicts, ego problems or unnecessary shows of authority despite the millions of euros at stake. Everybody worked perfectly together from beginning to end across the board – carpenters, riggers, blockers, catering, production, lighting, backline, music, security, stage management, design, etc etc.
Usually the vibe of a production directly reflects the mentality of the protagonists, and the fact that everything went so smoothly is a great testimony to the humanity and vision of the people that were at the center of the storm – Thierry Suc, Laurent Boutonnat and of course the one person the whole thing revolves around: Mylene Farmer. It’s awe-inspiring what they have built together over all these years, and I’m proud to have been a small part of it this year!
A great thanks and shoutout to Olivier Blanchard and Clavia for their support over the years, and for the Nord Stage 3s they provided for the show. The absolute reliability, the ease of the use necessary to deliver results quickly and most importantly the quality of the sounds are all at the highest level, and I couldn’t imagine doing this kind of show with any other keyboard.