An announcement on Twitter this morning from the @farmermylene account that there are to be a series of concerts by Mylene Farmer next year sparked a huge amount of speculation among fans, but it seems that the much-awaited announcement was a misleading one. News sites that ran it as a news report have since issued denials.
The tweets claimed the shows were to get under way on June the first 2013 in Nice, followed by two shows in Montpellier on June 6 and 7. June 8 would sees the tour in Marseilles, the 11th and 12th in Bordeaux.
June 13 and 14 were said to be in Nantes, the 15th in Lyon. The 17th and 18th in Rouen, the 20th and 21st in Strasbourg.
There was a show apparently in Geneva on June 22, and back in France for two shows in Clerment Ferrand on June 26 and 27. This was to be followed by Lille on June 29, Amneville on July 3 and 4, and a show in Brussels on July the sixth. The final dates were apparently on September 13 and 14 at the Stade de France, in Paris.
Needless to say, there were no details of when tickets would be available.
But the dates were little more than an internet hoax. The fact that it made legit news sites before it was checked suggests that there was a real demand for the information to be released as quickly as possible, even if that meant cutting corners like checking whether or not it was actually true.
A Mylene Farmer tour is a huge deal in France, she's one of the biggest selling artists in the country ever, and holds the record for number one hits, having racked up 12 over her career so far. Her shows are big budget spectacles, and this tour sees both indoors arena shows as well as stadium gigs.
She last toured in 2009, before the release of 2010's Bleu Noir album that saw her collaborating with Moby in what was to these ears at least her best work. Her 2009 tour was recorded and released in the No5 on Tour live collection in 2009, as a double CD and DVD/Blu ray of her Stade de France shows.
There's a huge impatience for the return of Mylene Farmer to the live stage, and with a new album apparently due later this year, live dates next year would not be outwith the realms of possibility. Although there's no official confirmation of a 2012 album, she's rumoured to be working with long-term collaborator Laurent Boutonnat.
There are rumours of shows in 2013, and even if true, any planning would still be at an early stage, although given the size of her live shows, they would certainly take enough organising that work would probably take over a year to put everything together.
So no shows at the moment, but who knows if there's something more accurate announced before too long.