Friday, October 2, 2009

Elton John Tonight

Brittain, Brandon, Amanda and I are going to Elton John tonight.

He and Ray Cooper (drummer on most of John's 70s albums) will be peforming at Palais des Congres de Paris on the west side of Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and La Defense. That is, if you continue past the Arc de Triomphe on Champs Elysees, which turns into Avenue de Grande Armee, you will reach Maillot, which is where the concert center is located, splitting the 16th and 17th arrondissements.

I actually only discovered this two days ago. I mistakenly thought (as I believe I stated a few times earlier in this blog) that Elton John was peforming at the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement, centrally located beween Place de la Concorde and Les Invalides right near the river.

It was only in planning our trip out to La Defense two nights ago that I saw Maillot on the map and the building called Palais Des Congres and was immediately confused, thinking that was also the name of Grand Palais. I quickly did a little research and found out the concert was at this new arena, not the one I originally thought.

Whew! Glad I figured that one out.

Also, the main ampthitheatre in the Palais des Congres only seats 3,723 which is small (only twice as big as Olympia Hall, where I saw Diana Krall).

I was expecting a massive concert experience with at least 10-20K screaming people. Now it appears it will be much more intimate although I don't expect the crowd to be quite as "polite" as Diana Krall, but probably not quite as insane as Coldplay.

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