Private Gig Report: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paris, Jan 25 2016
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paris, Jan 25 2016
w/ Billionaire Eduardo Carmignac on backup vocals
Photo via Rocker Paris
Neil Young + Promise of the Real performed a private concert at Théatre Mogador in Paris on Monday, Jan 25 2016 for Risk Managers at Carmignac, an asset management firm run by billionaire Eduardo Carmignac. Eduardo Carmignac is ranked at #1190 on Forbes World's Billionaires list with a real time net worth estimate of $1.54 Billion.
From Rocker Paris, SETLIST:
After the Gold Rush (solo piano)
Heart of gold
Long may you run
Out on the weekend
From Hank To Hendrix
La vie en rose ( by Guitar player on piano )
Till the morning comes/ Creeple Creek Ferry
love and only Love
Fuckin' up (With M. Carmignac on backing vocals for the first part of the song)
This was the first ever live in concert "Till the Morning Comes" and fourth-ever "Cripple Creek Ferry", per Sugar Mountain Setlists.
From Rocker Paris: (Translation from French)
Secret private concert for the asset management fund of Mr Carmignac, a rock fan (euro) billionaire who once brought the Rolling Stones to the Théatre Mogador four years ago in 2012. Time flies.
Back then the news spread like wildfire, and gaining entry was a total shambles. Tonight all was quiet in front of the theatre; sign of a well-kept secret.
Everyone stood sensibly in line. Inside, security was tight (as per anti-terrorism measures) and you couldn't put one foot in front of the other without falling over a security guard, a member of staff, or a hostess (all charming).
Upstairs a buffet was provided prior to the concert and entry into the holy of holies (the balcony in our case); the stage sported an impressive backdrop, with a whole range of objects stuck on the wall (see photo).
Neil Young sat at the piano alone. So began a grandiose concert that lasted more than two hours. Part one: acoustic piano / acoustic guitar / organ. He was joined by the Promise of the Real (featuring Willie Nelson's two sons).
A perfect setlist – nothing but old songs – the very best (our favorites).
Down in the front stalls, fans were whipping up the atmosphere, but up on the balcony it was like a cold shower for bankers who weren't expecting a show like this: some old guy with his acoustic guitar and harmonica. Only "Heart of Gold" garnered sparse applause. A surprise came with "La Vie en rose", performed on piano (and in French) by the guitarist, as Neil looked on, amused.
"Harvest Moon" closed the acoustic set.
Then it was straight into the electric set. The group of youngsters who accompany Old Neil bring the power of plugged-in guitars; softly-softly, in a manner of speaking, for the first songs (Words, Winterlong) before warming up... and then, for the dumbfounded financiers with fingers in their ears, it was run for your life! Once again they were amazed; if they found the first part of the concert soporific, now they were terrorized by a deluge of fire.
We left them to their sad fate and dived into the stalls to make the most of the end of the show, with apocalyptic versions of "Love and Only Love" and "Fucking Up", Mr Carmignac joining in on backing vocals for the first part of the song.
The next concert in Bercy will be incredible, and we may be treated to a few new songs, as this concert was the climax of a few days in Paris spent recording a new album.
Merci Hounds That Howell for assistance from the glass enclosed news center @ Thrasher's Wheat International Headquarters, located just outside of The Emerald City, about 10 miles from The Mansion on the Hill, home of Oz.