There will be a statue in tribute to Johnny Hallyday. Three and a half years after the death of the youth idol, his fans will be able to honor him in the most beautiful way. This Tuesday, September 14, in fact, a very emotional day will take place in three stages: first the inauguration of a Johnny Hallyday esplanade then the unveiling of a tribute statue and finally, an exceptional concert at the Accor Arena . Three highlights, which almost turned sour for the statue. Entitled Something … and created by Bertrand Lavier, it represents a motorcycle and a Harley Davidson, two passions of Johnny Hallyday. But a few months ago, fervent detractors wanted to prevent its implementation. The environmentalist mayor of the 12th arrondissement of Paris, Emmanuelle Pierre-Marie, then regretted in Le Monde that “when we want to create a sustainable, peaceful city, the project mainly features a Harley-Davidson, which symbolizes something quite different” .
“I’m a little apprehensive about the backfiring tributes that this monument is likely to arouse,” added the elected official. A few days later, the Council of Paris had firmly approved the installation in Bercy of this controversial statue. “In perfect harmony with the deliberation of the Council of Paris in February 2020 which adopted the name ‘Esplanade Johnny Hallyday’, the work will find its place on the forecourt of the concert hall of the AccorHotels Arena in Paris-Bercy”, we learned then. Passing on the set of Quotidien on the eve of the inauguration, Laeticia Hallyday had fun with the controversy. “No, but that’s normal, Johnny, anyway, he’s always unleashed passions, so that’s good, he would have liked to have been talked about. So since he left, we’ve been talking a lot a lot. about him, reacted Jade and Joy’s mother. He doesn’t leave you indifferent. It’s part of him. No, but the bike is completely boneless, there is nothing, there is no more engine. is not going to pollute. “
Why Laeticia Hallyday wanted to make a tribute esplanade to Johnny
And Laeticia Hallyday is totally a fan of the result. “It is not a statue in his effigy that he would have hated. He would have been very proud and very moved that a work as overwhelming as this one, which bears the elements of his whole life”, explained Laeticia Hallyday on TMC. She also mentioned the choice of the location of this esplanade, dear to the heart of Taulier. “I received a lot of letters from fans of Johnny after his departure, who felt a huge void in their life, and a frustration of not being able to collect,” continued his widow, who therefore decided to give a good gift. to Johnny admirers. Very touched by the demand from fans, she therefore wanted to “imagine how we could anchor a place in Paris where people could go to meditate”. It will therefore be in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, where the idol of young people has occurred dozens of times.
Laeticia Hallyday © TMC