Live concerts in Paris L’Olympia have a long tradition of excellence, as befits one of the world‘s most renowned music halls. Edith Piaf played a distinguished series of concerts here in the late 50s and early 60s.
Jeff Buckley, the Grateful Dead and Dave Gahan were so pleased with their performances at this venue that they released the recordings as live albums. Charles Aznavour, Tina Turner, Madonna, Elton John and so many more have been inspired by L’Olympia to create evenings of sheer musical magic.
Founded in 1888 by Joseph Oller, L’Olympia originally hosted entertainment as diverse as ballets, operettas and even circuses. However, it fell on hard times and became a movie theatre from 1929 to 1944, before being returned to its roots as a music hall by the entrepreneur, Bruno Coquatrix. In the early 1990s the building was threatened with demolition, but a preservation order was granted just in time to save it. Two years of work followed during which the building was restored to its former glory.
This year is an exciting one for L’Olympia. The Queen Extravaganza, the only tribute band endorsed by the iconic band themselves, stage their spectacular show on May 24th. George Benson is appearing on June 28th, and legendary singer Liza Minnelli on July 5th. Other performers lined up for 2014 include Herbie Hancock, Cliff Richard, Chicago and Jack Johnson.
Clearly, with such titanic talents clamouring to appear, the future of L’Olympia is assured.
L’Olympia : 28, Boulevard Des Capucines, Paris 9e
Tél. 0033 (0)8 92 68 33 68
Métro : Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8) or Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)