WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts PRESENTS
the Boston debut of France¹s legendary
Saturday, May 10, 8pm
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
BOSTON, MA —World Music/CRASHarts presents the Boston debut of Johnny Hallyday on Saturday, May 10, 8pm at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA. Tickets range from $79-$30. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts (617) 876-4275 or buy online at www.WorldMusic.org.
French rocker Johnny Hallyday has often been compared to Elvis Presley, bringing a French interpretation of American rock¹n roll to France. Born Jean-Philippe Smet in 1943, his first album entitled Hello Johnny was released in 1960 and kick-started his five-decade long career. His cover of Let¹s Twist Again sold over one million copies, and was even awarded a gold disc, topping nearly every European chart. His numerous historic collaborations have included Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton, Taj Mahal, Bono, and more. He has also appeared or starred in more than 20 major feature films. But, in spite of his fame both in France and Quebec, he has never cracked either the American or British market, thereby earning the nickname among English-speaking countries: ³the biggest rock star you¹ve never heard of.²
In 2007, Hallyday announced that he would retire from live performances after a farewell tour in 2009. After recording another successful album, Ça Ne Finira Jamais, in 2008, he was cast as the lead in Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s first English-language film, Vengeance. In 2009, he underwent surgery for colon cancer, followed by surgery for a herniated disc. After his successful recovery, he reconsidered his decision to quit the stage, and in 2012, after the release of yet another new studio album, Jamais Seul, he played three high-profile North American dates in Los Angeles, Québec City and New York. Last fall, he performed two sold-out UK debut shows at London¹s Royal Albert Hall in support of his UK release ŒL¹Attente¹ (ŒThe Wait¹) and received glowing reviews.
About World Music/CRASHarts
World Music, a non-profit organization established in 1990, is New England¹s premier presenter of global culture, featuring music and dance from the far and near corners of the globe. In 2001, World Music launched CRASHarts as a division of World Music dedicated to presenting contemporary performing arts series in greater Boston. World Music/CRASHarts strives to offer audiences an opportunity to share in many different cultural and artistic expressions and seeks to foster an atmosphere of discovery and exploration. The organization presents approximately 70 concerts and 15 educational programs per year. For more information, call (617) 876-4275 or visit www.WorldMusic.org.
World Music/CRASHarts is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.