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Jean-Michel Jarre dedicates first Los Angeles show to dead dad

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre dedicated his first ever Los Angeles concert to the memory of his father on Saturday night (27May17).
The French keyboard player remembered composer Maurice Jarre as he launched into classic instrumental Oxygene 2, telling fans at the Microsoft Theater he hoped his dad was looking down on the gig.
Oscar winner Maurice, who composed the scores for films like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, died in Malibu, California in 2009.
His son’s historic debut in Los Angeles on the final night of his Electronica Tour also featured the hits Oxygene 8, Equinoxe 4, Zoolookologie, and The Time Machine, which Jarre performed on his signature ‘Laser Harp’, pressing beams of green light as if he was playing a piano.
He also performed Exit, his collaboration with exiled Edward Snowden, and introduced the heavy dance track by paying tribute to the U.S. whistleblower, telling the crowd, “We need courageous people like him because we deserve to know the truth.
“My mother was a great figure in the French resistance and I’ve been raised that when the power in place is generating ideals or facts or acts which may harm our basic human rights somebody must stand up against it, so I have a special thought tonight for Edward.”
Exit features Snowden talking about the importance of protecting privacy. The former CIA employee leaked classified information about global surveillance from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorisation. He has been charged with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property and is currently living in exile in Moscow, Russia, where he recorded his speech for Jarre.
Jarre’s final tour stop featured another electronic music pioneer in the audience – Gary Numan joined fans for the show. The two music icons worked together on the track Here For You from 2016’s Electronica 2 album, which Jarre recorded in Los Angeles. The headliner dedicated Brick England, his Pet Shop Boys collaboration from that release, to the Cars singer.

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