Last night in Paris… Hans Zimmer


By Valentine L. Delétoille

Hans Zimmer concluded his three concerts at the Accor Arena with a spectacular show. We were there.

The timid sound of tuning instruments can already be heard behind the screen in the colors of Ukraine. Tonight the show will be performed in tribute to the land of Zelensky, where Hans Zimmer’s orchestra originated. At 8:15 p.m., the digital curtain rises in an electrifying piece, revealing about fifty musicians. All are dressed in black, except for Zimmer, in blue and yellow. Hands in his pockets, the master of ceremonies seems to be at Bercy like at home. It starts with a speech on this music that unites, far from social distancing and the horror of war. Before moving on to his famous soundtracks: “Dune”, “Inception” then “Wonder Woman”. Winks to his musicians in passing, for whom he is full of praise.

The stunning scenography sublimates the talent of the orchestra, alternating flashes of light and close-ups of the hands of the musicians dancing on their instruments. The crowd can thus feel closer to the cellist Tina Guo, transported on the devilishly known theme of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. End of an exhilarating first part.

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Cellist Tina Guo

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The second act takes the visual level up a notch with an almost epileptic, vibrant production. On “Interstellar,” a giant disco ball placed above the audience creates the illusion of a constellation in the room, illuminating a dancer wrapped in white ribbons. His waltz several meters above the ground is bewitching. And then, the magic of this moment is interrupted by a familiar voice. The original singer of the music of the “Lion King” enters the stage to loud applause. On the screen, videos of the recording of “The Story of Life”, thirty years ago. The public, no longer just a spectator, does not shun this only opportunity of the evening to sing along.

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Hans Zimmer, on keyboard, surrounded by his incredible troupe of musicians.

Hans Zimmer, on keyboard, surrounded by his incredible troupe of musicians.

© Pierre Hennequin / Paris Match

On recall, and from the first two notes, spectators recognize the cult melody of “James Bond”, while the silhouette of 007 takes shape behind the musicians. Hans Zimmer offers one last song. He settles down at the piano for “Time”, taken from the film “Inception”, which he will end one-on-one with a violinist, under a subdued light… until it reaches complete darkness. The audience rises for a more than deserved standing ovation. The kind to make the biggest rock stars tremble.

April 7 setlist, Paris, Accor Arena

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1/ House Atreides (Dune)

2/ Mombasa (Inception)

3/ Themyscira / Games / Open Road (Wonder Woman 1984)

4/ What are you going to do when you are not saving the world / If you love these people (Man of steel)

5/ Duduk of the norg / The Battle / Earth / Honor him / Now we are free (Gladiator)

6/ Jack Sparrow / Davy Jones / At wit’s end / He’s a pirate (Pirate of the Caribbean)

7/ Rango Suite (Rango)

8/ Discobobulate (Sherlock Holmes)

9/ A way of life (The last Samurai)

10/ I’m not a hero / Like a dog chasing car / Why so serious? (The Dark Knight)

11/ X-MDP (X-Men Dark Phoenix)

12/ Supermarine (Dunkirk)

13/ Paul’s Dream (Dune)

14/ Dust / Detach / Coward / Stay (Interstellar)

15/ Circle of life / He lives in you / This land / King of pride rock (The Lion King)

16/ Gun barrel / Cuba Chase / Back to MI6 (No time to die)

17/ Time (Inception)

New dates scheduled for September

September 27, 2022 | Reims | arena

September 28, 2022 | Paris | Accor Arena

September 29, 2022 | Rouen | Zenith

September 30, 2022 | Amneville | The Galaxy

October 1, 2022 | Grenoble | Sports Palace

October 2, 2022 | Aix-en-Provence | arena


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