The resurrection of Renaud continues, with the confirmation that the legendary singer is to tour later this year.
2016 has seen the writing of a whole new chapter in the biography of the singer that only a few years ago would have been all but unthinkable. But Renaud is back, sober, in (reasonable) voice and releasing a new album and undertaking a tour.
The tour - appropriately dubbed the Phénix Tour - sees him play dates in October, November, December, January and February. He's spoked that he intended to tour, but seeing the extensive list of dates published makes it finally concrete.
The first show is in Evry on October 1, and there are five nights in Paris at the Zénith that month before shows in most of the major towns and cities of France.
If there is anticipation about the forthcoming album, there will be even more for the opportunity to see Renaud live. Few would have put money on Renaud returning to the studio, never mind the concert hall and while there will certainly still be doubts about his ability, there will certainly be much goodwill surrounding his return.
He last undertook a full tour following his 2006 Rouge Sang album, documented in a subsequent live album.
Renaud says his forthcoming album is his most beautiful since his Mistral Gagnant collection 25 years ago. The single Toujours Debout certainly gives a good imperssion.
Renaud's new album is released on April 8 and tickets for the tour dates go on sale from March 17.