In the eyes of Bono, the lead singer in U2, it was “the most beautiful venue in the world". But however beautiful it may be, it’s the talent that graces the stage at the Accor Arena that really sticks in the memory. And in the 36 years since it first opened, it has to be said that the venue has hosted some truly grandiose concerts. Here, we shine the spotlight on the last concerts that drew the curtain on some sparkling careers.
NTM’s last concert, “La DER” in 2019
All good things must come to an end, so it seems. After dropping the hard-hitting tracks that provided the soundtrack for an entire generation, the biggest group in French rap took its final bow on 23 November 2019, almost 30 years after it was founded. Over the course of those intervening years, Surpême NTM had become a cult icon, helping to bring rap into pop culture.
A few months before performing their final concerts, NTM made their intentions crystal clear, with Kool Shen informing Agence France-Presse before the final tour that, “These will be our last concerts”, describing them as their “final salvo”. It was an ending, rather than a “break-up”, a term that Kool Shen found too negative: “When people talk about a break-up, it infers that there’s a problem, when in this case there isn’t”. According to the group, it was the logical next step: they didn’t plan on making any more music together, so the moment had come to call time on the band.
It was also a way to go out while they were on top, in a supreme final concert. Or rather, two supreme concerts, performed over two consecutive nights on 22 and 23 November 2019. Two iconic gigs that sold out in just a few minutes. For this gig to end all gigs, the group’s loyal fans packed into the Accor Arena one last time, drinking in all of the band’s lyrics.And because it was a swan song, the concert closed with an epitaph stating simply “93, Suprême NTM, 1988-2019” A strange idea, because some talents never die... everyone knows that.
A note for the fans: The live album of the concert was released on 29 January 2021 on CD, DVD, audio cassette, and double vinyl! Now you can be there even if you weren’t there the first time!