Paris: Billie Eilish communicated with an audience “happier than ever”

The American singer gave her only French concert, Wednesday, June 22, at Accor Arena, in front of 20,000 spectators.


Like a pressure casserole dish, the Accor Arena lets first escape ecstatic whistles. As if too long a wait – sold a year ago, the 20,000 places in the Parisian enclosure had found takers in a few minutes – made the interior bubble uncontrollable.

Until Billie Eilish, propelled by a springboard, suddenly leaps on the stage, like a devil in his box, Wednesday, June 22, for the only concert in France of his new tour, baptized by the name of his second Album, Happier Than Ever.

An appearance in tune with its meteoric ascent in the pop landscape, seized, in 2019, by this young girl, 17 years old and her first try, when we all fall asleep, where do we go?, singing Adolescent anxiety against a background of choprics as macabre as trails.

Sept Grammy Awards and an Oscar later, the generational phenomenon was not denied to believe the fervor of an arena mostly filled with young girls taking up in a deafening choir almost almost twenty-five Pieces played in Bercy.

Idolatry can arise from a form of inaccessibility, that for “Billie! Billie! Billie!” seems to feed on identification. With her pink “oversize” pink t-shirt, with the image of weapons women, her cyclist shorts and her sneakers hitting the ground with leaping dances, the singer looks more like a manga fan girlfriend than a starlet Choosing to distinguish itself by his glamor and the on the game of his sex appeal.

a radiant energy

A proximity that first linked around pieces sharing unhappiness, suicidal impulses, mental health problems, having the good taste to make dancing or dreaming of little monsters populating this instability. On the background screen, several nasty creatures – the Gothic colossus of Bury A Friend, the threatening dogs of I Didn’t Change My Number, the giant spider of You Should See Me in A Crown, the sharks of Ilomilo … – illustrate sounds as disturbing as they are exciting.

Increased with radiant energy, while this spleen could darken everything, Billie Eilish filled the space of his presence despite the minimalism of his accompaniment. To the right of the scene, drummer Andrew Marshall warms the omnipresence of machines from his strikes. When, as opposed, the shy silhouette of Billie Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, deploys his talents as a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards …). Co-songwriter, director and “best friend” of his sister, four years younger, he extends on stage the creative autarky that makes their success.

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