Tickets to Paris had already been booked when we found out that Tim Burgess would be playing there at the same time. How very convenient! So after a few too many wines whilst sightseeing (shared a bottle on the Champs-Élysées, shared a bottle at the hotel, had a pint of Leffe beer at a small Parisian bar and shared yet another bottle at Piston Pélican – my new favourite Parisian bar!), off we went to La Flèche d’Or for the gig. After not being able to find the place for a bit (no signage on the front of the building), we asked a bouncer where the venue was, to which he pointed inside. Easy! The venue was pretty quiet, nice big raised stage and plenty of dance space. Hatcham Social were on first, which was a bit of a score because I’ve been a fan of theirs for a while now but had yet to see them live. They were great, but I was starting to get quite tipsy at this stage so memory wasn’t quite on the ball. Few more drinks and shots at the bar, then Tim Burgess took to the stage. The crowd filled out a bit but still wasn’t at capacity, which was a shame. Good for me though because I could get in and around people and take TOO MANY photos. Tim sang some slower songs first, reading off his notebook of lyrics so as to not forget what to sing (bless), then the band getting into it a bit more towards the end of the set. Memory loss sets in around here, and apparently after the gig I took a set list, had more shots of some green liquid, bought the barman some shots, and had a chat with the man himself, Mr Tim Burgess. I do not remember a thing. Sigh.
Luckily photos were taken so it seems like I definitely WAS there at least! I used my standard 18-55mm lens, but I think (can’t remember!) I used my 50mm 1.8 for most of the shots. Brilliant night in Paris, although waking up with such a sore head is something I don’t want to repeat in a hurry. Enjoy the pics!