Mylenium Tour (tour)

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Mylenium tour
Mylenium Tour.jpg
Europe tour by Mylène Farmer
Associated album Innamoramento
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
Live à Bercy
(1996)
Mylenium Tour
(1999-2000)
Avant que l'ombre... à Bercy
(2006)

Mylenium Tour is Mylène Farmer's 1999-2000 concert tour in support of her fifth studio album, Innamoramento.

Critical reception and commercial success[edit]

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."[1]

More than 450,000 people attended the concert series[2] that cost more than 20 million euros.[3]

A musical channel of the Russian television, MUZ TV, elected "Mylenium Tour" as the best concert in the world.[4]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Mylenium"
  2. "L'Amour naissant"
  3. "L'Âme-stram-gram"
  4. "Beyond My Control" (replaced by "Je t'aime mélancolie" in Russia)
  5. "Rêver"
  6. "Il n'y a pas d'ailleurs" (replaced by "Que mon cœur lâche" in Russia)
  7. "Mylène Is Calling"
  8. "Optimistique-moi"
  9. "Medley" ("Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" / "Libertine" / "Maman a tort" / "Sans contrefaçon")
  10. "Regrets"
  11. "Désenchantée"
  12. "Méfie-toi"
  13. "Dessine-moi un mouton"
  14. "California"
  15. "Pas le temps de vivre"
  16. "Je te rends ton amour"
  17. "Souviens-toi du jour"
  18. "Dernier Sourire"
  19. "Innamoramento"
  20. "Mylenium"

Tour dates[edit]

There were a total of 43 shows, from September 21, 1999 to March 8, 2000, in four countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia):[5]

Date City Country Venue
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

Content[edit]

No Song Costume Choreography Comment[3][6]
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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instant-Mag, No. 4, 2000, p. 10-13
  2. ^ Le Dictionnaire des Chansons de Mylène Farmer, Benoît Cachin, 2006, Tournon Ed., p. 176,177
  3. ^ a b "Mylenium Tour" Mylenefarmeriscalled.net (Retrieved January 28, 2008)
  4. ^ Video of the program (Retrieved June 14, 2008)
  5. ^ Mylenium Tour Mylene.net (Retrieved January 22, 2008)
  6. ^ 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[edit]

  • (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