JOHNNY HALLYDAY – Almost four years after the death of Johnny Hallyday, a day of tribute to the singer ended on Tuesday, September 14 in Paris with an event concert at the AccorHotels Arena.
A little earlier in the day, the Johnny-Hallyday esplanade and its controversial statue had been inaugurated outside the Parisian room. The former Bercy and its surroundings were not chosen at random: the favorite rocker of the French gave 101 concerts there, making him the male artist who has performed there the most times.
In the evening, the concert, called “Johnny Hallyday that I love you”, gathered 10,000 enthusiastic fans.
The show was broadcast live on France 2 and mobilized around fifty musicians in symphonic training.
“That I love you” performed by Patrick Fiori
Organized by his widow, this concert attended by Brigitte Macron, lined up the headliners for covers of the rocker’s successes (Florent Pagny, Patrick Bruel, Louis Bertignac, Gaëtan Roussel, Patrick Fiori, Julien Doré…).
Catherine Ringer reprises Gabrielle and Calogero Something from Tennessee.
The voice of Taulier resonated again in the Parisian room with a few titles from the archives projected on a giant screen.
Highlight, the crowd resuming in chorus That I love you performed by Patrick Fiori. At the last note, Johnny’s voice: “You’re hot tonight! Me too!”.
A recording of Johnny performing The quest, accompanied on stage by Yvan Cassar, its former artistic director, concluded this tribute concert.
The quest what a magnificent song by Jacques Brel, beautifully covered by Johnny ♥ ️ #JohnnyHallyday
– 𝑱𝒆́𝒓𝒐̂𝒎𝒆 (@_Jerome_Off) September 14, 2021
Neither David Hallyday nor Laura Smet, Johnny’s first two children, were present, declining his widow’s invitation.
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