On Wednesday night (Feb. 22), French R&B fans were treated to a very special performance by two R&B legends who you wouldn’t normally expect to see together, Joe and Ashanti. The two singers have teamed up for an early 2017 European tour, and they kicked off the trek in Paris at L’Olympia.
Ashanti took the stage first with her background dancers and delivered a commanding performance of her many classic hits, including favorites with Ja Rule (who didn’t join her) such as “Always On Time.”
Joe is known to be a consummate performer, always giving fans an excellent show, and this evening was no exception. The crooner treated the packed house to a more than stellar set of classics, and some new songs off his 2016 album #MyNameisJoeThomas. However, one of the biggest highlights of the night was Joe’s outstanding cover of Adele’s “Hello.” The singer/songwriter closed out his performance with his popular hit “I Wanna Know,” off his third album My Name is Joe.
Next up, Joe and Ashanti will perform a set of shows around the UK, starting tonight (Feb. 24) in Manchester, followed by Birmingham (Feb. 25), London (Feb. 26), Bristol (Feb. 27), and then to Utrecht, Netherlands on March 1.
Check out our exclusive photos and video footage below.
(Photos by Frédéric Ragot)