Lara Fabian in 2015: New Concerts, New Album(s), New Songs!
2013 was the year of Le Secret, the name of the latest studio album of original songs by Lara Fabian, as well as of the concert tour that helped to promote it. It was also in 2013 that an accident in a TV studio gave the singer a serious ear injury, which forced her to first postpone and then cancel the aforementioned tour. For this reason, 2014 started out as a year of anxiety for Fabian's fans, but it actually turned out to be a year of renewed expectations, as the singer returned to the stage in multiple countries for multiple events and promises that fans worldwide will see and hear much more of her in 2015.
2015: New Album(s)!
2015 will bring fresh new music by Lara Fabian, not before two new releases of a "Best Of" album. The first one is set for late February and will be limited to Italy, following Lara Fabian's increased media presence there during that month (more below on that). Another "Best Of" release, in March, will be limited to Turkey, where it will be backed by Odacity Records. Fabian is intent on conquering this new territory, where she first carved a path with the 2014 summer release of "Make Me Yours Tonight / Al Götür Beni", an upbeat duet (#1 hit in Turkey) with Turkish singer Mustafa Ceceli, with Turkish lyrics by Sezen Aksu.
It is in the fall of 2015 that new songs are set to be released, in not one, but two new original studio albums. Ready to cover all fronts, Lara Fabian is preparing one studio album in English and one studio album in French simultaneously, also including one Italian song in each one of them. Lara Fabian is going to perform in the Sanremo Festival in Italy, in February 2015, to sing what might be one of these Italian songs, called "Voce" (composed and written by Fiorenzo Zanotti and Cristiano Cremonini, respectively), along with the cover "Sto Male". Specific release dates are still unknown, but, in a November 2014 interview for a Belgian newspaper, the singer stated that a first single would be released in May 2015. For now, the only certain dates are those of some of the singer's new concerts for 2015, as part of the second installment of Lara Fabian's "Best Of" tour.
2015: New Concerts!
Lara Fabian's "Best Of" tour in 2012-13 took the singer across much of Eastern Europe, including Russia, where the singer faced the Siberian winter in concert venues with less than ideal temperature conditions. In 2014, the singer decided to resurface the concept and started off a new "Best Of" tour, which will extend to 2015. This time, the concept will be more inclusive, musically and geographically.
More inclusive geographically because the singer has been visiting territories that are either new or rarely visited, such as Finland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Lithuania or Bulgaria. In 2015, the trend will continue, with scheduled concerts in Estonia, Sweden, Israel, Canada and the USA, where Fabian will perform, notably, in Hollywood, FL, and Los Angeles, CA. Only the French and Belgian fans remain outside of the plans, even after having faced the sudden cancellation of the Le Secret tour in 2014, not before multiple cancellations and date changes of individual concerts in late 2013.
The "Best Of" tour is also more inclusive musically because long-forgotten songs, such as "Yeliel" and "Calling You", are now part of the setlist, along with the classic and still breathtaking "Caruso", the more recent "Il Est Lune", from Le Secret, and "Make Me Yours Tonight/Al Götür Beni", the only uptempo song in the setlist, since "I Will Love Again" was added to the setlist in a ballad version.
"Best Of", But Not Quite
These new musical additions don't fully make up for the lack of renewal and excitement in the remainder of Lara Fabian's live repertoire in the "Best Of" tour, especially because some of the additions themselves are hard to explain, such as "Yeliel". The ballad version of "I Will Love Again", although pleasant, was included in a setlist already very rich in mellow numbers that could potentially benefit from an extra uptempo number.
Lifeless songs persist in the "Best Of" setlist to this day, such as "Alfonsina Y El Mar", a Spanish cover taking up space which would be better used by a Spanish song from Fabian's own repertoire. Songs such as "J'y Crois Encore" and "I Guess I Loved You" also continue to be performed, even though these were hardly ever not performed in a tour or one-off performance and the acoustic arrangements are consistently the same, offering zero novelty. Finally, songs such as "Je T'Aime" or "Je Suis Malade", which are undeniably two of Fabian's most recognized and loved songs, also suffer from the lack of novelty in the old arrangements and are probably the songs that lose the most magic in an acoustic setting, sadly failing to carry all listeners away in the way a full-band, full-voiced version easily could. The acoustic setting, even with great musicians, feels poor and limiting, rather than intimate, and not even the beautiful lighting can make up for the very empty stage. The upcoming 2015 concerts will certainly make a far stronger impression if some changes are implemented.
The Russian Fairytale Continues
The "Best Of" concert tour may keep it simple as far as visual appeal goes, but the joint performances of Lara Fabian and Igor Krutoy leave nothing to be desired in that respect. The musical partnership between the two is still going strong to this day and it was celebrated in great style in Igor Krutoy's 60th anniversary celebratory concerts, in Moscow's Kremlin Palace (November 15 and 16) and in Moscow's Olympic Stadium (November 22).
In the first two dates, Lara Fabian sung "Mademoiselle Hyde", "Llora", "Russian Fairytale" and "Vocalise", all taken from the project Mademoiselle Zhivago, as well as "Angels Pass Away" and the duets "Toi et Moi", with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, "Sons and Daughters", with South-Korean soprano Sumi Jo, and "Ti Amo Così", with both operatic singers. For the third date, later broadcasted in a TV special — and probably entirely in playback for that reason —, Fabian performed "Always", the Russian version of "Je T'Aime Encore" and "Toccami", the latter with multiple dancers and an oversized chair covered in red silk accentuating the sultriness of the song. The Russian version of "Je T'Aime Encore" was also performed in December 7, for the Russian New Year's TV Special Song of the Year.
Lara Fabian and Igor Krutoy will certainly continue working together throughout 2015 and a new collaborative studio album has probably been in development for quite some time already, as suggested by the premieres of multiple songs in the New Wave Festival in Latvia, both in 2014 and in previous years, where the duo has repeatedly performed as part of the headliners. This year, Lara Fabian sung "Furious" and "Running".
Committed to Charity
The singer's multiple commitments in foreign countries didn't keep her from returning to Belgium and taking part in two charity events: the launch of the project "Cocon", by Fondation Papillon (Butterfly Foundation, in English), in Charleroi, in November 27, and the Little Dreams Foundation Gala, in Brussels, in November 28, where Fabian also performed. Lara Fabian has a longstanding commitment to charitable causes and has been part of multiple events of the kind over the years.
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