Everything has been said about the formidable ability of Nicola Sirkis’ group to renew its audience, once, twice, three times at least, since 1981: if time does not seem to have taken hold of the 62-year-old singer, except with an assumed pepper and salt fleece, the hour to blow out its 40 candles of activity ends up sounding. Scheduled for 2021, the anniversary tour had paid the price for the uncertainties and other health restrictions linked to the Covid. “It’s a long time, we’ve been waiting,” agrees Jonathan, who had had his ticket in his pocket since… Christmas 2019.
This eternal worry that is Nicola Sirkis could also find material to comfort by taking a look at the number of spectators of the day: 97,036, new attendance record at the Stade de France, damning the pawn to U2 and its 360 ° Tour in 2009. Common point: the choice of a central stage which avoids blind spots and optimizes the gauges of the stadiums. 400,000 spectators are announced on the Central Tour, including Bordeaux sold out.
400,000 spectators are announced on the Central Tour, including Bordeaux sold out.
And if the Indochina tour is limited to five dates, the production claims “the largest screen ever used for a concert”, in this case 2,500 square meters of LED panels that line the cylinder “water tank” . Don’t throw any more, make way for the show, which opens with a global zapping going back four decades of gloomy images, from Tian’anmen to this Australian koala fleeing a fire via Clinton’s perjury, the tsunami in Japan or Bowie’s death.
8:59 p.m., the artists enter. Nicola Sirkis leads the way, face closed – a sign of the times, we will catch him on the big screen smiling here and there –. “Our celebrations” and their unstoppable keyboard gimmick to pick up the crowd in flight, “Station 13”, “Marylin”, “Miss Paramount”, “Canary Bay”: the group goes on before a few words from Sirkis: “For two years We’ve been waiting for this moment. I try to cope but…”
They have always brought something into my life. I had ups, downs. In each song we can recognize ourselves. »
The throat is knotted, he continues, calling for support, as at the height of confinement, “caregivers, doctors, police officers, garbage collectors, bakers”.
So goes Sirkis, simple, obviously sincere, devoid of cynicism. “A thought for all Ukrainians,” he adds. The group multiplies on the stage and the adjoining corridors on the right and on the left: failing to play side by side, the musicians take care not to leave any platform orphan. Attention, avalanche of strong moments: trouser-jacket suit, Christine and the Queens electrifies her little world on “3SEX”, all in syncopated dance and sudden accelerations. Then comes the heady chorus of the recent “A French summer” and “Three nights a week” which, thanks to the 1,500 projectors, transforms the homeless into an open-air discotheque.
Tribute is paid to Stéphane, Nicola’s twin and guitarist from Indochina who died in 1999. On guitar, his daughter Lou, and on sax, Dimitri Bodianski, former member of the group, for “Dizzidence politik”. Intense. “It’s almost over, did you like it?” », tries without great risk Sirkis. But now red plumes can be guessed in the half-light, in tight rows, at the foot of the stage. ” What is happening ? , shouts a spectator. The Republican Guard will accompany several pieces, including a stripped-down version of “J’ai demande à la lune”.