Back in February Mary said she was going to get tickets to the Paris show. Buffett had been playing London and Paris the last few years
and I had considered it, but should I really do this one? I got up around 4 in the morning for when tickets were going on sale and after some indecision
went ahead with it- even at soemthing like 68 euro it was still cheaper than OK seats at a big venue on the States. And my life
was at a point where I was always seeking the more unique experiences.
So to a large extent that is how this trip came about.
The day before this I had read French workers were
striking (due to the government raising retirement from 60 to 62)
and flights were canceled- wow, please don't make me miss the concert!
However all turned out fine.
Up at 5:25am, at the airport by 6:50.
Check in and security went quickly, but the guy doing the passports was the slowest one- he looked so sick that he might pass out.
Easy Jet #3868, 40 euro, 815am to 1335 to CDG
Au revoir Morocco.
Paid 5 euro for this pizza, it was OK.
And so I return!
My flight landed about 15 minutes late, and then getting around Paris and France always seems to take me much longer than it should. I
made my way towards the trains right away and saw that
the Roissy bus to the Opera area was about to leave, so hopped on that for about 10 euro.
Took over an hour, then I wasn't quite sure where the hotel
was so wanted a taxi- another 20 minute queue to get one and about another 8 euro.
Paris Hotel = Best Western Axel Opera,
220 euro for 2 nights 24-26, free wifi/breakfast/packed lunch
#681 of 1860 hotels
Typically small Parisian building.
But a nice enough room, #305.
It was then about a 15 minute walk in the drizzle to get to the theater.
Jimmy Buffett concert at Olympia Hall!
"Paris Olympia is a music hall at 28, Blvd. des Capucines, in the 9th arrondissement Paris, France.
Founded in 1888 by Joseph Oller, the creator of the Moulin Rouge, the Olympia is the oldest music hall in Paris and one of the most famous
music halls in the world, today easily recognizable by its giant red glowing letters announcing its name. It opened in 1889 as the "Montagnes Russes" but
was renamed the Olympia in 1893."
I meet up with Mary and Rob, about 5pm I believe.
They said right before I showed up Jimmy drove into the building, likely for sound check, and some fans got to interact with him.
We went to the corner of the block at Cafe de L'Olympia and got some cheeseburgers in Pari(di)s(e) with a ton of other Parrotheads
Here we are inside- Mary, me, Leslie, Rob, and Anthony.
The guy seated next to me showed this fantastic picture he got, that I would try to find
for myself the next day.
The third level, where I was seated in the second row.
Seats were good and it was a really fantastic show, it was worth it. Jimmy made me want to learn French, and really blew up the usual set list
playing all sorts of songs rarely heard live. It was able to take me to a special place.
Some comments from fans at buffettnews.com:
From Irish Parrot: The gig itself contained a pretty mixed up setlist from the norm, even for Paris. “Mademoiselle (Voulez-Vous Danser)” rarely
gets an outing but here it was in Paris. The show was amazing and songs like “Fins”, “One Particular Harbor” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” sounded
incredibly fresh after all these years and just rocked. But also there were beautiful moments in the renditions of “It’s My Job” and
“He Went To Paris” during which Jimmy unplugged and performed solo while sitting on the edge of the stage and everybody sang
every word along with him. Even then he surprised by not finishing at that but got up to do “Tin Cup Chalice” and “l’Air de Louisianne” again solo.
From No Shoes: What a day, I cannot believe how lucky we were. First we are in the queue and Jimmy rode up on his bicycyle and
said “I see it is the same faces at the front each year”. He then stood on the pavement with us for about 20 minutes chatting, signing
autographs and having pictures taken with the few people who were there (about 20 of us) What a start to the day.
Although I wasn't completely happy with what my new camera was able to capture, between it and others that posted on youtube you can see almost all of the show
Opening/Lage Nom Ai
License To Chill
Its Five O Clock Somewhere (with Mac) (filmed by someone else)
Changes In Latitudes,Changes In Attitudes (filmed by someone else)
Where The Boat Leaves From (filmed by someone else)
I Will Play For Gumbo
It's My Job (with Mac)
Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants (avec Antoine)
Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (filmed by someone else)
Making Music For Money (Nadirah) (filmed by someone else)
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Autour de Rocher
Last Mango In Paris (with La Vie Dansante ending)
Mademoiselle (Vouler Vous Danser)
A Pirate Looks At 40 (filmed by someone else)
One Particular Harbor
"The cameraman follows Jimmy around, starting with his arrival aboard his Falcon 900 private jet. Jimmy then joins the U.S. Air Forces
in Europe Band for a private show at the US Embassy. The video concludes with the full performance of “One Particular Harbour” from the Olympia
show. And in between segments Jimmy shows off his French."
Fins (filmed by someone else)
Southern Cross (filmed by someone else)
Brown Eyed Girl
We Are The People (with Twist And Shout ending)
Encore 2 (just Jimmy):
Certainly one of the highlights of the trip- we got to meet Jimmy after the show!
It was one of those deals where I just had a feeling, and said to Rob and Mary shortly after we met up- we're going to wait out here afterwards
and get to meet Jimmy- and it happened! Very similar to how I got to meet him the first time, oh, 21 years ago. And if you can hear in the video,
the strategy of wearing my Florida short paid off- he specifically called to me and reached out tho shake my hand. AWESOME!!
High on life, the five of us stopped for a drink and Anthony and I split an ommelette.
And on the walk home I passed the Hard Rock and the other place where we heard Parrotheads might gather after the show.
I was happy to o to bed at the hotel though. A very memorable day.