40 years of “Tension Attention”: Daniel Lavoie celebrates at Place des Arts

40 years of “Tension Attention”: Daniel Lavoie famous at the Place des Arts


Daniel Lavoie gently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his cult album Tension Attention, Thursday evening, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Released in 1983, the platinum-certified album marked, at the era, a much more pop change of register for the singer-songwriter. The title track, Tension Attention, “Boule qui roue” and the timeless “Ils s'aiment”, which he obviously played on Thursday evening to the delight of the spectators who warmly applauded him, had greatly contributed to his success here, as well as internationally. .

With his 54-year career, Daniel Lavoie has skilfully drawn from his repertoire, as vast as it is romantic, to offer a complete concert, revisiting several of his great classics that rocked the FM airwaves. these last decades. He obviously revisited the essentials I would like to see New York, Belle, in duet with his two singers, and Where the road leads.

Accompanied by his pianist Jean-François Groulx, the singer-songwriter, who carried nearly 1200 times the features of Frollo in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris, began his show gently with Mon île. Then, quietly, the back of the stage lit up, revealing the rest of his group of musicians, perched on a small podium, for the interpretation of Days of the plain. The singer was also accompanied by two backup singers, Karine Pion and Émilie Pompa.

Dressed in a black suit and sneakers, the singer, for whom life on tour is a “hard drug”, shared his time between the front of the stage, where a microphone and his stand were enthroned there, and the back of his grand piano, installed symmetrically in the opposite corner from that of his pianist.

Far from the boards for a few years, the singer had decided, before succumbing to the persuasion of producer Martin Leclerc, to put an end to his musical career, hoping “to get lost in the dust and the folds of a cassock”, if is he amused to tell his audience on Thursday evening.

Encouraged also by his musicians, the Franco-Manitoban singer finally resigned himself to returning to record stores with a new compilation album, released on March 25, and to begin a new tour.

Thursday evening, in the great hall of Place des Arts, Daniel Lavoie offered a few solemn moments, which probably pleased the spectators, especially during the interpretation of The night cries victory, Who knows? and Long Courrier.

It's the singer Sylvie Paquette, accompanied by her guitars, who warmed up the room.

Daniel Lavoie is continuing his Quebec tour until September. He will be in Quebec, at the Albert Rousseau hall, on April 30. To consult the dates: https://productionsmartinleclerc.com/daniel-lavoie/