Amazing Bill LaBounty and Robbie Dupree (feat. Larry Hoppen from Orleans) concert at The Casino de Paris tonight!
More than 2 hours live in France for the first time in 10 years for Robbie Dupree, for the first time in 14 years for Bill LaBounty and the dream came true again. First of all, thanks for the European audience. The Casino de Paris (in Paris, France) was nearly sold out (more than 800 tickets) and fans came across all over Europe to see this great concert (Belgium, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia...) and from all over France of course.
Could you imagine a standing ovation for the whole band: Bill LaBounty (Vocals, Keyboards), Robbie Dupree (Vocals, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion), Larry Hoppen (Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar), David Sancious (Keyboards), Leslie Smith (Percussion, Vocals), Rick Chudacoff (Bass) and Peter Bunetta (Drums)?
Could you imagine the whole crowd singin' "Look Who's Lonely Now" and "Livin' It Up"? A moving "This Night Won't Last Forever"?
Could you imagine a duet version by Robbie Dupree and Bill LaBounty of "The Right Direction", "Mr O."?
All of our dreams came true and more like an extraordinary "Dance With Me" with Larry Hoppen on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, a groovy "What's Goin' On" (Marvin Gaye) and "Fragile" (Sting cover version) by Leslie Smith on leads and "I'll Be Around" and "Work to Do" covers by the whole band.
Also, on the playlist: "Saturday Night," "Talk To You," "Real World," "Steal Away," "Hot Rod Hearts"...
This concert was so cool and so great! Thanks to the french promoter Richard Benhaim for bringing this whole all-star band in Paris, this is clearly a chance to have him here in France. And this is so great to see all these European fans still singing by heart the songs and the hits!
A very special thought on this special day to a female fan of Bill LaBounty based in the South of France. She is native from Manchester (UK) and it's her birthday today: she is 83 years old. She was at the concert and met Bill backstage. Happy birthday!
More to come here : pictures of the concert... To follow... Your comments about the concert are welcome!