Paris La Défense

Year

1990

Date

July 14

Location

La Defense, Paris, France

Audience

2.500.000

Introduction

The French National Day 1990 celebration marked the closing of the festivities celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. Jarre conceived a gigantic concert for Paris’ downtown, modern business quarters.

La Defense, it must be said, formed the perfect background, not simply because of its futuristic character, but also because of the tall skyscrapers, von Spreckelsens new Arc de Triomphe and steel monoliths which line the horizon visible from the centre of the city. Jarre designed a pyramid-shaped stage to fit the geometrical architecture of the setting where he performed with his musicians, a classical Arab ensemble (France’s second largest community), and others including a choir, a steel-drum band and gigantic dancing puppets of various kinds. The entire show was synchronised and illuminated by 65 tons of fireworks, as well as laser and light projections on the tall buildings. For over two hours Jarre enchanted yet another record live audience of 2.5 million people, and most of Paris was replete with electronic sounds and a sea of light on this festive July summer evening.

Tracklist

Paris La Defense
Oxygene 4
Equinoxe 4
Equinoxe 5
Souvenir of China
Magnetic Fields 2
Ethnicolor
Ethni-transition
Zoolookologie
Revolution, Revolutions
Second Rendez-Vous
Calypso 2
Calypso 3
Calypso 1
Fourth Rendez-Vous
Calypso 1 (Encore)

Musicians

Jean-Michel Jarre
The Amoco Renegades
Guy Delacroix
Christophe Deschamps
Sylvain Durand
Christine Durand
Michel Geiss
Les Choeurs Des Hauts De Seine
Dino Lumbroso
Al Mawsili classical arab orchestra
Larbi Ouechli
Dominique Perrier
Francis Rimbert
Frédéric Rousseau