Michel Sardou, a thunderous return to the stage | EUROtoday

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Lhe kickoff of a new tour beneath the auspices of the “Lakes of Connemara”. As a nod to the summer season controversy, Michel Sardou lined his enormous 1981 hit on the event of his new tour. Sixty-three dates are deliberate, the huge premiere occurred in the Zénith in Rouen. No point out on stage of the controversy which stirred up the summer season, after feedback from singer Juliette Armanet expressing her detestation of this in style late-night track. On the different hand, at the Zénith de Rouen retailer, followers might buy a “We don’t touch Connemara” t-shirt for 25 euros.

“Thank you and good evening!” I’m actually, actually, very comfortable to see you once more! It’s been a very long time. It actually warms my coronary heart! », Launched Michel Sardou, 76 years outdated, earlier than thanking “a person who is hiding in the room and who means that I am back”. A barely veiled allusion to his spouse Anne-Marie Périer who would have threatened to divorce the singer if he didn’t return to singing, he recounted a number of instances.

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In 2017, Michel Sardou, one in all the greatest sellers of French track information, introduced in The Parisian and on RTL his choice to cease singing, decided to dedicate himself to theater. His final tour, accomplished in 2018, introduced collectively greater than 450,000 spectators.

“The song that comes risks destructuring Sandrine Rousseau”

Five years later, right here he’s again, additionally determined by the success of the musical comedy impressed by his nice hits, I’ll love you. To sing this title, with the energy we all know, Michel Sardou added a dedication which made the viewers snort. “The song that comes risks deconstructing Sandrine Rousseau! », in reference to the eco-feminist MP. “A girl with clear eyes”, “Marie-Jeanne”, “Le Bac G”, “The River of our childhood”, “Vladimir Ilitch”, “Je vole”… Accompanied by 22 musicians together with guitarist Pierre Billon, his childhood good friend, and 6 backing vocalists, Michel Sardou, black swimsuit and matching shirt, belted out his hits, together with his voice intact, embellishing some with anecdotes, but additionally with XXL digital animations.

With “Today perhaps”, a track created by his father, he led the room into the first of the many karaokes of his singing tour which incorporates 22 songs together with a 15-minute medley that was applauded for a very long time. Remembering a memorable duet throughout a live performance at the Parc de Sceaux, Michel Sardou paid tribute to Johnny Hallyday with “Something from Tennessee”, towards a starry sky background, accompanied solely on guitar by Pierre Billon – additionally 76 years outdated – who additionally labored with the youth idol.

“The Lakes”: from begin to end

In a fifty-year profession punctuated by 26 studio albums, 18 dwell albums and practically 350 songs, Michel Sardou has produced dozens of hits anchored in the collective reminiscence… Sometimes sparking controversy, as in 1976 with “Je suis pour », perceived as a plea in favor of the death penalty, becoming the bane of the far left, and which he no longer sings on stage. With “As usual”, he begins his finale but it is again with the instrumental of “Lakes of Connemara” that he closes a 1h40 concert without leaving the stage or intermission, greeted by long standing applause.

Regarding his farewells which he finally renounced to the greatest pleasure of his fans who rushed to the ticket office with 100,000 seats sold on the first day, the singer recalls in the program of his new tour “that he “Never say never.” The tour of greater than 60 dates will stretch till March 2024, together with two dates at Paris La Défense Arena, the largest closed venue in Europe (up to 40,000 seats).