This was the first night of the first rerun of the '80s style coach excursion to the continent. For reasons well known to most, this became known as The Wonky Bus Tour, two nights of (mostly) men behaving badly.
The venue booked for the showcase Paris gig was a grand step up from 2007's Parisienne date at La Cigale. For obvious reasons, France has always been a big draw for the Stranglers and French fans have always received them well. Nevertheless, L'Olympia was an ambitious venue for them at this point in their career.
Something of the history of one of Paris's most glamourous venues can be found here. Apparently, JJ was very exited to be treading the same boards as once trodden by the great Edith Piaf.
When the yet to be Wonky Bus spewed out it's human cargo, the British contingent of the night's audience was swelled considerably. Many had already travelled out independently for this gig. We walked into one of the plushest venues I have ever seen any band in. This gig was a presetige date and the band rose to the occasion admirably.This was one of the best post Hugh gigs that I have seen them play.
I hope that you enjoy this cracking boot of that night's performance.
'Take My Hand Disco Man Are You Just A One Night Stand?'
NEW LINK: https://rapidshare.com/files/3096867865/Olympia_Paris_5th_February_2009.zip
2. Grip/5 Minutes
4. Nice 'N' Sleazy
5. Spectre Of Love
6. Skin Deep
7. No Mercy
8. Always The Sun
9. Strange Little Girl
10. Golden Brown
12. Thrown Away
13. Walk On By
14. Hanging Around
15. Straighten Out
16. Big Thing Coming
17. All Day And All Of The Night
1. Talk/Intros (By JJ In French)
2. Nuclear Device
3. Something Better Change
5. No More Heroes
Full artwork here:
(pdfs also in the download file)