The concert started 15 Minutes late, Beau-Jarred had technical problems with the sound.
Opener was Abi Tucker - an australian singer/songwriter - a women with a wonderful charming and sometimes
powerful voice ! She sang several of her own songs accompanied from Beau-Jarred on his guitar.
After about 30 Minutes the leaved the stage. Melanie let us wait another 30 Minutes before she came on the stage.
The set list :
That's what they played really during the concert:
I'm back in town
"I'm back in town" started and she said during the song, yes back after 40 years...
"Beautiful people" was accompanied with Beau-Jarred's new guitar, which he
played like a cello with a bow.
A very special sound which gave the song the sound of the original studio record a little bit.
Before the third song she told us, that sometimes as she played in New York a
drunken fan wants to here old songs.
One of these old songs are "Love to loose again" and she played this song for us, but she wanted also play the new songs.
Beau-Jarred played a flute for the intro and at the end of the song. After that song Beau-Jarred thow of his Baseball Cap from his head.
And so she turned to "Jammin' alone" - a song about people who are lonely in a great city like New York.
Than she asked us, what we wanted to hear, and the next two songs are not on
the set list, they where called from someone
out of the crowd. "Animal crackers" was played in a short and charming version.
Then she told us about the time, when she first came to Paris invited by
Gilbert Becaud and how she felt at that time.
This feeling had lead her into "Tuning my guitar" - the story was told by Melanie several times before, but it is everytime
amazing how she can create the feeling and fear that she had had that time for us.
"Brand new key" was played in a really wonderful version - we had make the
background sound, which Melanie had hate,
when the record came out, but today she feels okay with that...
For "Smile" Abi Tucker came on the stage and sang together with Beau-Jarred
the Background sound. She gave the song
a very special sound with her wonderful voice and we had to sang the last part of the song...
Then another newer song "I tried to die young" was announced - a very wonderful version - and Melanies voice was very good !
Then she sang a new song "Love doesn't have to hurt" - wonderful love song - Beau played again the new guitar...
The next two songs are classical songs and they where played as wonderful as we aspected to hear them.
For the last three songs Abi Tucker came again on the stage and Peter stood
in the back corner and had a look for Melanie.
He enjoyed to see her playing and singing. I set in the first row on the Place directly before Melanie !
"Motherhood of love" was played in a wonderful version, because Abi's voice
gave the special sound to the song together
with Beau, who accomanpied Melanie as good as the whole evening ...
"Peace will come" was announced as written after the vietnam war ended and Melanie hopes that this will come true some day...
They leaved the stage, but Melanie came soon back and as the one and only
encore she played "Lay down" / "Candles in Rain"
and reminded us, that she had written this after she had played on the big stage in Woodstock.
A wonderful evening with Melanie ended with long applause - hoping to get her back on the stage - but she did not come back...
I got another picture with her after the show and got an autograph on the ticket.