Rendez-Vous II Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre* - En Concert: Houston-Lyon
Label: Disques Dreyfus - FDM 36147-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop, Ambient
Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert was a live performance by musician Jean Michel Jarre amidst the skyscrapers of downtown Houston on the evening of April 5,coinciding with the release of the Rendez-Vous album. Rendez-vous Houston is remembered for being the concert which celebrated the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Challenger disasterwhich had Rendez-Vous II Part 4 - Jean Michel Jarre* - En Concert: Houston-Lyon only two and a half months earlier.
One of Jarre's friends, astronaut Ron McNairhad been killed in the disaster. InJarre was contacted by the musical director of the Houston Grand Opera with the proposal for him 3e Mouvement : Allegretto Vivace / Allegro Animato - Liszt* - Georges Cziffra*, György Cziffra, Jr., to the celebrations of Texas' th birthday inth birthday of the city of Houston and NASA 's 25th birthday.
Together they had the idea that for the celebrations, Jarre would create a piece of music that could be performed by McNair on his saxophone.
The idea was that McNair, on his Queen Of Boredness (Diesler Mix) - Various - Saint-Germain Des-Prés Café Paris trip into space in the Challenger Space Shuttle, would perform and record onto video the new piece of music, which would then be projected through video playback onto a giant screen that was to be constructed on the front of one of the buildings.
On January 28,McNair telephoned Jarre for the last time. Everything's ready. See you in a week's time. Watch me on TV for the takeoff! Distraught by what happened, Jarre almost decided to cancel the concert.
They asked Jarre not to cancel, as now The Message - The Mudshits - Hell Yeah concert must go ahead, and be held in tribute to pay respect to the astronauts who had lost their lives in the disaster.
The run-up to the concert itself still did not go smoothly. Rain poured down on Houston a couple of days before the concert, destroying much of the equipment on stage which was repaired by the day of the concertbreaking wires and ruining instruments. Furthermore, there had been a very strong wind blowing all week, which ended up splitting open the giant projection screen which was made from several small canvas panels and causing it to come crashing down.
The local police turned up during the middle of a rehearsal demanding immediate payment of a fine; the residents who lived nearby were complaining of excessive noise and were exhausted from their sleepless nights.
Also, FBI officers threatened to put a stop to the whole proceedings because they were being deprived of electricity. There was still one more slight problem before the concert started.
This was due to a change of the wind direction; the Chief was concerned that the crowd would be showered with firework debris. After some back-and-forth argument with Dreyfus, Clayton agreed that the concert could proceed on a 'see how it goes' term. During the concert specifically, during the performance of " Equinoxe Part 5"the amount of fireworks being used and the direction of the wind did indeed cause debris to rain down on the audience, covering them in ash.
Clayton frantically began to try to stop the proceedings, fearing that people would be injured. Although his fears were duly noted, the crowd took no notice of the ash falling onto them and carried on enjoying the concert proceedings. Disappointingly only around 35 minutes 7 tracks from the concert are included in the film, with the first 15 minutes consisting of documentary footage with background music of other tracks from the concert.
No further video releases from the concert have taken place since. Two tracks from Houston appear on the live albumEquinoxe Part Crystal Clear - Various - Top Hits Top 100 Volume 9 and Part 7 edition only. The full radio broadcast from the concert is available on YouTubeas are various audience camcorder recordings of the concert. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rendez-vous Houston Houston skyline during Rendez-vous Houston concert.
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