The capital will reason this Tuesday to the sound of the music of Johnny Hallyday. Four years after the singer’s death, on December 5, 2017, tributes will follow one another in Paris with the morning inauguration of a statue and an esplanade, and a commemorative concert in the evening with a host of stars on stage.
The Parisian hall of Bercy (also called Accor Arena) and its surroundings were not chosen at random: the favorite rocker of the French gave 101 concerts there. The kickoff will be given at 10:20 am in front of Bercy with a mini-concert bringing together the last five musicians of Johnny Hallyday, including Yarol Poupaud and Yvan Cassar. They will be joined by 150 bikers and their motorcycles, some of whom had escorted Johnny’s coffin to the Madeleine on December 9, 2017.
Presence of Anne Hidalgo
After a few words from Laeticia Hallyday, the Esplanade Johnny will be inaugurated on the vast forecourt in front of Bercy, with a plaque unveiled in the presence of Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. “By baptizing this esplanade in the name of Johnny, it is an invaluable gift which is offered to us, his family, but also to all those who loved him and continue to carry within them his music, his freedom to live and of thought. Thank you from the heart ! », Declared Laeticia Hallyday a few months ago.
In the process, a work by plastic artist Bertrand Lavier entitled “Something from…”, an allusion to the famous hit, will be revealed. The six-meter-high statue represents a pole in the shape of a guitar neck, with a Harley-Davidson atop that once belonged to Johnny. This representation, contested by Parisian ecologists, was finally approved by the Council of Paris. At noon, the festivities will continue with the inauguration of “Johnny’s Bar”, managed by the Accor Arena. We can see, among other things, a guitar and a stage costume of the artist lent by Laeticia Hallyday.
No hologram or virtual duo
And at 9 pm, on the stage of Bercy, will begin the concert “Johnny Hallyday that I love you”, in front of 10,000 fans and live on France 2. Organized by his widow, this show aligns headliners like Florent Pagny , Patrick Bruel, Catherine Ringer, Louis Bertignac, Calogero, Gaëtan Roussel, Patrick Fiori or Julien Doré. They will resume the hits, but without a virtual duet or hologram of the deceased singer. “I’m not ready for that,” says Laeticia Hallyday on Monday in The Parisian. The taulier’s voice will however resonate in the Parisian room with some titles taken from the archives.
On the other hand, neither David Hallyday nor Laura Smet, the first two children of Johnny, will participate in this party. Guest, the elder singer, “on tour”, was excused. Laura Smet for her part declined on Instagram. In four years, the family conflict has therefore not subsided.