The Tiger Lillies and Leo’s french Adventures of Music Photography

Martyn Jaques - The Tiger Lillies

It’s been almost 4 years now that I’m living in Paris and as I’m a serious music lover, any time one of my favorite bands play in the town, I tend to get in touch with the venue or band manager to take some photos. And I gotta tell you, almost like anyone else here, french venue owners, and press officers for the bands love abusing the very little power they have over the people. I’ve been turned down so many times for some pure BS reasons. My guess is that ideally they hate their bands to be seen, if it’s not something more french! Ugh!!

All that said, last Friday (4th. of April), I found out that The Tiger Lillies, one of my most adored bands in the same evening are gonna play in the southern Paris suburbs. I didn’t waste time to buy a ticket online and jump in the train to go there. And I sent desperate email to TTL’s PR asking for access only less the two hours before the show. Guess what? In 23 minutes and only 23 bloody minutes, I got the reply from The Tiger Lillies’ adorable PR Harula Hristopoulou, saying that she’s not with the band but she will put me in contact with someone else in the venue. And it was that simple, I arrived asked for someone from the band and I was in the hall in two minutes. GLORY!!

The show was a bewitching performance of music and visual poetry, two layers of screens with beautiful animation clips projected on them and The Tiger Lillies in between. These are some of my photos:


The Tiger Lillies – Images by Leo Novel

They played the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (listen here) and this is a video for the song “Living Hell” by Mark Holthusen:

But wait, after the show, despite being so tired, Martyn accepted to pose for me for a portrait! Hell yeah!!

Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies poses for a portrait after a live show in southern Paris suburbs. (Leo Novel)

Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies poses for a portrait after a live show in southern Paris suburbs. (Leo Novel)

Thank you The Tiger Lillies

And thanks a million Hara, Rebecca, David, Joanna and Claus for being so nice and letting this happen. french got a lot to learn from you and I doubt if they ever will.