This Monday evening, Bonnie Tyler’s concert, in Pamiers, allowed all generations to come together around a cultural and cheerful moment, successfully orchestrated by the town hall with the support of the festival committee.
Young people, old people and a jubilation that carries all generations. At least 1,200 people gathered on Monday evening on the Castella hill to cheer on Bonnie Tyler, the Welsh singer with an inimitable tone of voice. But how many of them know that this long-awaited concert, the only one in France for the international star in 2021, almost did not take place. Not because of the health crisis and its set of restrictions, but because of a loss – momentary – of the baggage of the touring team which remained in the hold of the plane.
Inside, the musicians’ instruments or even the atria of this great lady. But despite her 50-year career, Bonnie Tyler is not a capricious star. She was ready to play at all costs in this “small place” that is Pamiers, reminding the passage on stage that she too is from a small town. And that’s good because his audience had sometimes come from far away. “I can’t say it’s a dream but it’s my first time attending one of his concerts and it’s a very special moment. We do not have many opportunities to see her and we are very happy to be there, ”commented in chorus – and in English – two couples of British sixties living near Saint-Gaudens. A few meters away, a lady gets carried away: “This is our generation! ” Yes, but not only.
“We grew up listening to his songs”
Aurore and Marine, aged 25 and 27, also believe that it is their “musical culture”. “We grew up listening to her songs, we didn’t want to miss her. She’s not just anyone: she’s a great artist! And for 25 €! It’s really not excessive ”, insist the two young Appameans who shouted, like many, on the famous title Total Eclipse Of The Heart which had hoisted Bonnie Tyler to the tops of the charts around the world. It was the year 1983. In 2021, the tube still has as much echo.
It must be said that the artist still has a safe place despite his 70 years. It’s the Heartache or Have You Ever Seen the Rain? also delighted the crowd. But like a tribute to the 80s which forged this tireless career, the Welshwoman of course played the titles of her last album The Best Is Yet to Come. Synths roar, arms flirt with the sky, smartphones do not miss a beat. Music has just recorded its big comeback in Pamiers.
The Ariégeois of the Pabloramix Trio in the first part
Both of them raised it on stage: the alliance of the Ariégeois of the Pabloramix trio in the first part of a pop rock artist did not seem entirely self-evident. “But we are against barriers,” quips Paul, the singer with the gangsta rap repertoire. When Bonnie Tyler calls the group “fantastic”. “Even though that’s not necessarily the music I listen to,” she smiles. But for the town hall of Pamiers, this choice was almost symbolic. “While the world of culture was still at a standstill, it was the Pabloramix Trio that inaugurated the artistic residencies at Jeu-du-Mail and I want to say how proud I am of the municipal teams, in particular of the cultural affairs department, ”said Frédérique Thiennot, mayor of the city.
The star poses with a beret 09 alongside Frédérique Thiennot
Sunday, despite the mishap encountered at Blagnac airport with her luggage and those of her team, the Welsh singer arrived all smiles at Pamiers at the stroke of 5 p.m.
After a short regenerating break following her trip – she was in concert in Alicante, Spain the day before – Bonnie Tyler and her musicians spent the evening at the Hotel de France. Philippe and Sonia Raja thus offered him the vintage of the house which was greatly appreciated by the international star. Frédérique Thiennot and Jean-Luc Lupiéri, his deputy for culture and heritage, were also on hand. And the mayor of the city came with her arms full.
The artist thus received a basket filled with all the must-see Ariège products, not to mention a beret with 09 logo from the Sire hat shop, the oldest store in Pamiers. A symbolic gift that was the occasion of sacred laughter during a selfie session, as here with Frédérique Thiennot and Sébastien Gonzalez, the director of cultural affairs.