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"I saw people crying and hugging"

“I saw people crying and hugging”

Paris | During a festive concert because they have a secret and is especially rich in emotion, the Cowboys Fringants yesterday accomplished a feat that very few Quebec artists can boast of: thrilling thousands of spectators at the famous Accor Arena in Paris.

After Zenith and Olympia, it was the turn of the amphitheater formerly known as Paris-Bercy, a legendary venue that saw all the major music stars on display, to succumb to the irresistible melodies as well as the infectious energy of the Quebec group and its loyal fans.

As it happened during the first leg of the European Tour in Lyon on Friday, the fans were spoiled. Les Cowboys Fringants have built the concert into the form of a retrospective of their glorious careers, with a heavy emphasis on the most active titles in their repertoire.

From the start, they were restricted Houses alike, bye bye Lu, Queen and enhance recovery smells like Teen Spiritfrom Nirvana, which made the audience jump.

“What a party!” cried Carl Tremblay.

It was just the beginning. The foot remained on the accelerator until they were reminded of where the sequence was Merchant Marine, Shooting Stars (with the flight among hundreds of kites, a reference to the song text and a charming tradition from European fans) and America is crying The ceremony concluded with the most beautiful notes.

Bell Center in Europe

After the show, Karl Tremblay and Marie Annick Liebin enjoyed the moment.

“It’s like Bell Center, but in Europe. It’s totally crazy Europeans see us once a year, but there are 10,000 of them who come to sing our songs and dance and move around. I saw people crying and hugging in front,” the Cowboys singer said.

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The majority of spectators bought their tickets two years ago and were not compensated. Marie-Annick pointed out to Lieben, “They can’t wait to see us, so there was a lot of emotion in the air.”

Pride of Quebec

Playing on this gorgeous Parisian stage is a feat as the success of the Cowboys Fringants in France has been built under the mainstream media, relying on word of mouth.

In addition, they conquered the French without denying their dialect or roots. Again last night blackmailed Hector’s hut And the the demonstrationsongs with references to typical Quebec, for an audience that was asking for more.

For a few of the citizens who were there, including the restaurateur from Quebec who was serendipitously seated behind us, it was moving to see a group like the Cowboys Fringants triumph in Bercy.

“In any case, it makes me proud to be a Quebecer,” said Yvan Ole, co-owner of 47. It was magical. He couldn’t sum up what we just lived better better.

Fans who arrived early

Les Cowboys Fringants fans braved the Parisian cold in February for hours to see their favorites up close last night at the Accor Arena.

When we got to the site, four hours before the concert, a few dozen fans were lining up near the door giving them access to the floor.

54 times

Shivering, a man named Matthew admitted that he arrived first, at 12:45 p.m.

The first part of Marie-Annick Lépine started at 8 p.m.

“I’ve seen them seven or eight times, and I’m far from the worst,” Matthew said.

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Ah well, who is the worst? “54 times,” one man answered proudly, to the laughter of these friendly cowboy fanatics.


While chatting with them, we found out that their love for the Quebec band had turned into a great curiosity for music from our region.

Some said they saw Emile Belleaudeau, during his last visit to Paris, or even Chloe Belgauge.

And if they regret not being able to find Les Trois agreements in the first part, as was originally planned, they are happy with the idea of ​​discovering Marie Annick-Leben’s singles instead.