Saturday evening on TF1 was a special evening as Johnny Hallyday celebrated his 70th birthday with a special concert at a packed Théatre de Paris. A recent poll suggested the ageing Rock 'n Roller was out of favour by the majority of the french public, both young an old but I have to admit quite shamelessly that I thing he's alsolutely brill ! Ok, the voice is a bit dodgy and yes, the botox and 'lifting' staff have been working overtime but for me he still is a living legend who is as good an entertainer as anything else currently doing the rounds in France. A special treat indeed for his fans especially as some of the great mans mates made cameo appearences including 89 year old Charles Aznavour struggling with Parkinsons and the mere slip of a lad, ex rebel Florent Pagny who still has the presence on stage. Great performances all round with son of Johnny, David singing a duet plus reminding us how good a drummer he is with a percussion lesson with other invited high quality musicians.
Yes, a memorable evening but the question i'm asking is, how do we rate Johnny nowadays ? Is he still a french legend or just a 'has been' living on past glories ? and, with oldies like Johnny still doing the rounds, which other senior artistes or bands are still producing the goods on stage ? With Johnny I would like to add Status Quo to the list of legends still able to perform at the highest level. I first saw them in the early '70s and saw them again in Limoges a couple of years back and I have to say they were better than before !
So, which ageing artistes or bands still doing the rounds still have 'it' and which ones should seriously consider calling it a day ?