Alain Souchon: the resumption of concerts is “like a liberation”



The interpreter of I’m ten years old was in a good period at the end of 2019-beginning of 2020 between the release of his album Fifties soul, troussé with his sons Charles (stage name Ours) and Pierre, a Victoire de la musique and a river tour. This reopening of concert halls, “It’s like a release“confides Alain Souchon. The concerts are” meetings of friendship “, after being blocked”like an idiot“at home by the health crisis.

While the end of 2019-beginning of 2020 was gone on the hats-of-wheels, the first confinement fell. “When we do a tour, we take our momentum and we go, there we ran to jump, but the momentum was broken, we don’t jump and we end up like an idiot at home“, tells AFP the artist scheduled Sunday at the end of the Printemps de Bourges festival.

Was this forced stopping of concerts conducive to creation? “I thought yes, it would be, well no, I was not very inspired. The general mood of the world was a bit sluggish, I didn’t have any brilliant ideas“.”And write songs about the pandemic, no, we don’t want to talk about it, we want to move on, in the sun, at the beach, to the girls dancing (laughs) “.

At 77, the eternal dandy with his head in the clouds was vaccinated without batting an eyelid. “I had my two doses, I stood in line for three hours with people my age on the sidewalk in front of Notre-Dame“.”When I was young there was polio, the president of the USA (Franklin D. Roosevelt) had had it, he was on a small chair (rolling, he also moved with crutches), and there had been a major vaccination campaign at the end of the 1950s. Polio had regressed a lot: before, when we bathed in a river, people said watch out for polio and all!“, he bounces.” Since that, when there is a problem and we say we must be vaccinated, I am on the side of those who are vaccinated.

The concerts are gone and the slayer of theUltra modern solitude does not sulk its pleasure, even in front of a masked and seated audience (return of standing shows on July 1). “I do festivals this summer (after Printemps, the Francofolies in La Rochelle, among others) and at the start of the school year I’m going to do small theaters, I like that, we can take time, silences, make faces (laughs)“.

It’s like a release“, rejoices the singer of There’s rumba in the air. “On tour we have the love of others“, slips the one who also describes his shows as”friendship date“.”I’ve been singing a little the same for 40 years (laughs) “, he dodges when asked about his setlist. There will be titles fromFifties soul and classics, which will have a little unconscious resonance with the health crisis. “I start by Hello mom bobo all alone with my guitar and finally, Life has no value, a little thing that I pumped on André Malraux, life is worth nothing but nothing is worth life, that is to say, you have to do everything you can to save a life “.



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