Mylenium Tour (tour)
|Europe tour by Mylène Farmer|
|Start date||September 21, 1999|
|End date||March 8, 2000|
|Shows||33 in France
4 in Belgium
3 in Russia
2 in Switzerland
42 in Total
|Mylène Farmer concert chronology|
Critical reception and commercial success
According to the French magazine Instant-Mag, the "Mylenium Tour is more beautiful [than the 1996 tour] by the originality of the selection of songs, the grandiose stage, an entry even more impressive, and especially an overwhelming and perfect end, perhaps more comparable to that of the 1989 tour."
A musical channel of the Russian television, MUZ TV, elected "Mylenium Tour" as the best concert in the world.
- "L'Amour naissant"
- "Beyond My Control" (replaced by "Je t'aime mélancolie" in Russia)
- "Il n'y a pas d'ailleurs" (replaced by "Que mon cœur lâche" in Russia)
- "Mylène Is Calling"
- "Medley" ("Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" / "Libertine" / "Maman a tort" / "Sans contrefaçon")
- "Dessine-moi un mouton"
- "Pas le temps de vivre"
- "Je te rends ton amour"
- "Souviens-toi du jour"
- "Dernier Sourire"
|1st leg (Fall 1999)|
|September 21, 1999||Marseille||France||Le Dôme|
|September 24, 1999||Paris||Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|September 25, 1999|
|September 26, 1999|
|September 29, 1999|
|October 6, 1999||Lille||Zénith|
|October 7, 1999||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|October 8, 1999|
|October 9, 1999|
|November 17, 1999||Lille||France||Zénith|
|November 19, 1999||Lyon||Palais des Sports|
|November 20, 1999|
|November 21, 1999|
|November 24, 1999||Orléans||Zénith|
|November 25, 1999||Caen|
|November 26, 1999||Angers||Amphithéa|
|November 27, 1999||Le Mans||Antarès|
|December 1, 1999||Toulouse||Zénith|
|December 2, 1999||Pau|
|December 3, 1999||Bordeaux||Patinoire Mériadeck|
|December 4, 1999|
|December 5, 1999||Montpellier||Zénith|
|December 7, 1999||Toulon|
|December 8, 1999||Marseille||Le Dôme|
|December 9, 1999||Genève||Switzerland||Arena|
|December 10, 1999||Amnéville||France||Galaxie Amneville|
|December 13, 1999||Paris||Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|2nd leg (Winter 2000)|
|February 8, 2000||Lille||France||Zénith|
|February 9, 2000||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|February 11, 2000||Lausanne||Switzerland||Patinoire Malley|
|February 12, 2000||Lyon||France||Palais des Sports|
|February 13, 2000|
|February 15, 2000||Amnéville||Galaxie Amneville|
|February 17, 2000||Grenoble||Summum|
|February 18, 2000||Toulouse||Zénith|
|February 19, 2000||Bordeaux||Patinoire Mériadeck|
|February 22, 2000||Brest||Parc Penfeld|
|February 23, 2000||Caen||Zénith|
|February 25, 2000||Douai||Gayant Expo|
|February 26, 2000||Orléans||Zénith|
|March 4, 2000||Moscow||Russia||Olympiski|
|March 5, 2000|
|March 8, 2000||Saint Petersburg||SKK Arena|
|1||"Mylenium"||White transparent dress with a plunging neckline in the back, sailing on the shoulders, shoes with high heels, white large necklace.||No||The stage is hidden under a large white curtain which turns blue when "Mylenium", an instrumental song with African vocals, begins to be played. The curtain falls and the audience discovers the huge statue representing Isis (nine metres) in the middle of the stage. While the light intensifies, a white smoke emanates from the statue whose head opens in two parts, showing the shadow of Farmer. Suspended by pulling invisible strings, the singer flies above the stage while the right articulated hand of the statue stands to take down her.
There were sometimes some technical problems, Farmer remaining suspended in the air longer than expected.
|2||"L'Amour naissant"||Same costume||No. Farmer's arms are outspread during the refrain.||As in the original song, a thunderous noise is heard at the beginning. Farmer begins to sing and drops from the statue's hand. In the background of the stage, images of luminous cracked globes appear on the giant screen. When Farmer leaves the stage, the song is extended by the female vocalists to let her more time to change her clothes.
This live performance is very similar to that of the album.
|3||"L'Âme-stram-gram"||* Farmer: Orange costume composed of a privateer trousers, a thick jacket and orange shoes, with high heels.
* Dancers: Costumes with different colors.
|Collective synchronised choreography produced by Farmer, the same as that used for the TV promotion of the song. Crouching at the beginning with many arms gestures, then standing with suggestive movements of the pelvis.||The introduction has oriental sonorities.
After the performance, there are the first repetitions of the refrain with the audience.
|4||"Beyond My Control"
"Je t'aime mélancolie" in Russia
|Same costume||No||At the beginning of the song, Farmer asks the audience to clap their hands. The words "It's beyond My Control", pronounced by John Malkovich in the studio version, are replaced.|
|5||"Rêver"||Same costume||No||"Consentement" was originally scheduled at this moment, but was eventually replaced by "Rêver". The song is performed in an identical version as that of 1996 Tour. At the end of the song, the refrain is repeated with the audience.|
|6||"Il n'y a pas d'ailleurs"
"Que mon cœur lâche" in Russia
|Same costume||No||Farmer performs the song standing in the right hand of the statue that rises and then goes down.|
|7||"Mylène Is Calling"||Same costume||No||Valérie Bony, one of the female dancers, replaces Farmer who goes in backstage to change costume. Bony appears in Chinese shadow, wearing a wig, and makes some movements with her arms, but she doesn't sing.|
|8||"Optimistique-moi"||* Farmer : Black costume composed of a woven trousers open on the upper thighs, a transparent bustier, a shimmering jacket closed, high shoes with heels, a large necklace and two iron false-buttocks.
* Dancers : Same costume, without the jacket.
|Very swift and rhythmical choreography, the same as for the promotion of the song.||Farmer arrives by surprise while spectators watch even the Chinese shadow of Valérie Bony (they believe she is Farmer). The song is repeated several times by the fans with Farmer.|
|9||"Medley" ("Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" / "Libertine" / "Maman a tort" / "Sans contrefaçon")||Same costume, without the jacket||Collective choreography, the same as for "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" during the 1989 Tour.||The song is accompanied by numerous fireworks.
That is the only medley performed by Famer throughout her career.
|10||"Regrets"||Same costume||No||Farmer sings all the song's lyrics, while a red light burns in the palm of the statue's hand that moves.
This live version was scheduled for release as second single from the concert, but was finally abandoned.
|11||"Désenchantée"||Many arms movements.|
|12||"Méfie-toi"||White dress hidden under a long brown leather jacket, entierely closed, and white shoes.||Collective choreography, including a few steps on the stairs.||Farmer comes out of the large doors drawn on the statue's body and goes down the staircase that appears with red fabric flames on the sides.
This version is very similar to that of the album.
|13||"Dessine-moi un mouton"||Same costume, without the jacket.||No||Before the song begins, Farmer sits on the steps of the staircase and whistles. While the dancers make several acrobatics and play leapfrog, she performs the song, sitting on a swing with two headers sphinx at both ends. A rain of silver sequins down from heaven on artists and the andiance.
After her performance, Farmer goes down the swing and presents the musicians.
|14||"California"||Same costume||No||Farmer and two female vocalists sit on the steps of the staircase, and then get up and do a few steps on the stage. Then Farmer goes in front of the door at the top of the stairs. At the end, Farmer left the stage while it is in a full black.
This acoustic version has jazzy sonorities.
|15||"Pas le temps de vivre"||Same costume, with a large transparent white jacket||No||Farmer performs the song a cappella until the first refrain. She sometimes cries and the audience sings instead of her.
During some shows, a spectator was allowed to climb on the stage and Farmer took him by the hand. There is a long musical bridge at the end to let time for Farmer to change her costume.
|16||"Je te rends ton amour"||Similar dress to that Farmer wore in the video : a red dress with a very long train.||No||The stage turns red. Farmer performed the song on a platform.
In February and March, Farmer has added a repetition a cappella with the audience and a new musical direction.
|17||"Souviens-toi du jour"||Same costume||The singer uses a simple choreography referring to the universal sign language, performed with other dancers.||After performing the song, Farmer thanks the audience and says goodbye. She then twice repeats the refrain with the audience.|
|18||"Dernier Sourire"||Same dress that Farmer wore when she took the stage.||No||Farmer sings again the first verse at the end of the song, and begins to cry.
This live version is the second track on the CD single "Dessine-moi un mouton".
|19||"Innamoramento"||Same costume||No||Farmer sings four times the final refrain, and then goes into the statue's hand.|
|20||"Mylenium"||Same costume||No||Farmer begins to sing "Mylenium" once back in the statue's hand. A curtain falls, and the show ends.
However, at a show, the curtain did not fall and Farmer had to descend from the statue to public view with the help of a ladder.
Credits and personnel
- Instant-Mag, No. 4, 2000, p. 10-13
- Le Dictionnaire des Chansons de Mylène Farmer, Benoît Cachin, 2006, Tournon Ed., p. 176,177
- "Mylenium Tour" Mylenefarmeriscalled.net (Retrieved January 28, 2008)
- Video of the program (Retrieved June 14, 2008)
- Mylenium Tour Mylene.net (Retrieved January 22, 2008)
- Le Dictionnaire des Chansons de Mylène Farmer, Benoît Cachin, 2006, Tournon Ed., p.40,42,57,66,84,90,124,129,145,164-167,174,177,178,187,195,230,231,234,251
Further reading and press
- Julien Wagner, Jean-François Kowalski, Marianne Rosenstiehl, Claude Gassian, Mylène Farmer : Belle de scène (book on Farmer's tours), K&B Ed, 27 April 2007 (ISBN 291595707X)
- (German) "Ein (zu) diskreter Star", von Mary-Claude Taillens, Interview in Le Matin (Schweiz), March 10, 2000
- (German) "Mylènium-Universum", Olivier Sagnezchi, Article in Talkies Magazine, March 2000
- (German) Interview in Argumente i Fakte (Rußland), March 2000
- (German) Interview in Pulse (Rußland), March 2000
- (German) Article in einer russischen Zeitung, March 2000