Almost four years after the disappearance of Johnny Hallyday, it is an unprecedented day of tributes dedicated to him this Tuesday. It started at 10:20 am in front of Bercy with a mini-concert bringing together the last five musicians of Johnny Hallyday, including Yarol Poupaud (guitarist) and Yvan Cassar (sound recorder of symphonic albums), joined by 150 bikers and their motorcycles, some of whom had escorted Johnny’s coffin to the Madeleine on December 9, 2017, for the funeral.

” Thank you for being here. He would have been so proud, he would have been so moved, “said Laeticia Hallyday, his widow before the Esplanade Johnny was 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. The Parisian hall of Bercy (also called Accor Arena) and its surroundings were not chosen at random: the French favorite rocker gave 101 concerts there.

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 that belonged to Johnny on top. This “figurative” representation of the star, according to its creator, disputed by Parisian environmentalists, was finally approved by the Council of Paris.

At noon, the festivities will continue with the inauguration of the “Johnny’s Bar”, managed by the Accor Arena and entirely dedicated to the late singer. We can see, among other things, a guitar and a stage costume of the artist on loan from Laeticia Hallyday.

And at 9 p.m., on the stage of Bercy, the concert “Johnny Hallyday that I love you” will begin, in front of 10,000 fans and live on France 2. Organized by his widow, this show aligns headliners (Florent Pagny, Patrick Bruel, Catherine Ringer, Louis Bertignac, Calogero, Gaëtan Roussel, Patrick Fiori, Julien Doré, etc.) They will resume the hits, but without a virtual duet or hologram of the deceased singer. “I’m not ready for that,” Laeticia Hallyday confides in our columns on Monday.

The taulier’s voice will however resonate in the Parisian theater with some titles from the archives. Neither David Hallyday nor Laura Smet, Johnny’s first two children, will participate in this party.

Guest, the singer’s eldest, “on tour”, apologized. Laura Smet has declined on Instagram according to the widow. “Our relationships remain complicated. I have extended my hand several times … I hope that one day we will no longer be able to speak to each other by lawyer … “, comments Laeticia Hallyday in Le Parisien.

On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the singer’s death (on the night of December 5 to 6), Johnny’s songs continue to live on: “Act II” of his great titles in a symphonic version has just been released, the first opus s ‘had sold more than 500,000 copies and its titles are successful even on the platforms.

“Johnny, with us it’s over 10% every year. As of January 2018, he had 70,000 followers. In the summer of 2021, 800,000. 47% are between 18-34 years old, “Nicolas du Roy, editorial director of Spotify, told AFP.

“In the collective unconscious, he is the greatest French singer. There is a permanence. Young people discover it with parents who are also using platforms, ”he adds. “And more generally, the playlists of young people mix all musical styles”.