It’s taken no less than five albums, with this latest one entirely in French, for David Hallyday to be at last acknowledged by his peers. More pop than hard rock means it appeals to a wider audience. David has grown tired of FM rock and its never-ending guitar riffs. This change of style took a few years, especially as Hallyday only saw music through strictly Anglo-Saxon eyes. In any case, he took his time before launching his career in his native France. David Hallyday got into music out of a passion for the drums, or rather adoration of Tommy Brown, his dad’s drummer, who proved to be a real revelation for the four-year-old.
His first major stage appearance was at the tender age of eleven, with cute blond hair, standing behind a huge drum set, at a concert by his dad at the Pavillon de Paris. Yet he made his breakthrough in 1987 with his first single "She's my girl" (produced by Tony Scotti, his stepfather), followed by "High". But he was quickly categorized as a teen idol, too blond and too cute to be true. Three American albums followed, including one live, and another in 1995 with the band Blind Fish and another in 1997 with Novocaïne, who he still tours with today, pursuing two parallel careers."I’ve been waiting for this moment for eight years,", admits David Hallyday, clearly delighted to be performing at the venue he’s always dreamed of, Olympia. Up in the circle, his wife Estelle. True to form, he’s clad in leather trousers. And everything he likes best in music is right there on stage, too. Blasting out a set of hard and fast rock — as you’d expect. One after the other, the songs roll off his album: "Pour toi", "Rêver de toi", "Un petit peu de toi" (“for you”, “dreaming of you” and “a little bit of you”), whose words were written by Lionel Florence, Zazie and Kristine Lidon, more or less the same team behind Pascal Obispo. Belonging to the same record label necessarily creates bonds. On stage, David is more forthcoming than his father: "They asked me to write a song or two for a well-known artist, you know who I mean?”
David Hallyday in concert:
March 23rd at Rueil Malmaison (Chorus des Hauts-de-Seine), the 24th in Epernay, the 28th in Caen, the 29th in Ploemeur, April 3rd in Toulouse, the 4th in Montpellier, the 5th in Marseille, the 8th in Brussels, the 11th in Grenoble, the 12th in Geneva, the 13th in Annecy, the 14th in Nendaz (Francofolies Suisses), the 16th in Porcieu, the 18th in Mulhouse, the 21st in Plaisir, the 26th in Carcassonne, the 28th in St Loubes, the 29th in Niort, May 1st in Haumont.