Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Johnny Hallyday - Live in Brussels

This weekend saw France's biggest star pay tribute to the victims of last week's terrorist atrocity in Belgium with Johnny Hallyday playing concerts in the country.

The shows in Brussels on March 26 and 27 were scheduled as part of his current Rester Vivant tour, and while some artists chose to cancel events in the light of what had happened, Hallyday's shows went on, albeit amid tighter security.

The March 26 show was screened live at cinemas across France, allowing a massive audience beyond the 11,000 in the hall to share the event.

Although born in France, Johnny's family's roots are of course Belgian.

Hallyday performed Jacques Brel's Quand on n'a que l'amour at the close of the concert, a track he's performed many times before. The song was of course performed at the official memorial event for the victims of the Paris attacks at the end of last year by singers Nolwenn Leroy, Yael Naïm and Camélia Jordana.

To these ears anyway it was perhaps a more appropriate choice of song to mark the occasion than La Marseillaise.

Johnny's concert is being screened again in 300 cinemas across France on April 8.

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