Johnny Hallyday, sometimes called "the French Elvis Presley," will give his first ever UK concert when he appears at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2012.

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Johnny Hallyday to give first UK concert

Johnny Hallyday, sometimes called "the French Elvis Presley," will give his first ever UK concert when he appears at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2012.

Johnny Hallyday to give first UK concert
Frédéric Loriant

The concert will take place on October 15th and tickets for his UK fans went on sale at 9am on Friday.

The Royal Albert Hall described Hallyday as “arguably France’s greatest rock star and icon.” 

“He has proven he has the endurance and talent to be hailed as France’s first and only full-fledged rock star” said its website.

Hallyday, born Jean-Philippe Smet, has sold over 110 million records and gone on over one hundred tours but has never performed live in the UK, apart from a recording for a TV show in the sixties. 

Despite his huge success in France, Hallyday has failed to have much of a breakthrough in the English-speaking world, leading him to be described as “the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of.”

Hallyday had a health scare in 2009 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. A subsequent operation on his back was followed by a medical emergency when he had to be operated on in a Los Angeles hospital. 

Now fully recovered, 68-year-old Hallyday shows no sign of slowing down. He is currently appearing nightly on the Paris stage in a theatre adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play The Seven Descents of Myrtle.

Plans are already in place for a French tour which will kick off in May 2012. Hallyday himself told Le Parisien newspaper in March that his career will stop only “on the day of my death.”

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Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day

French rocker Johnny Hallyday's posthumous album sold 300,000 copies on Friday after going on sale at midnight, the late star's record company Warner Music France told AFP.

Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day
Fans of the late French singer Johnny Hallyday buy albums on Friday. Photo: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP
Fans of the singer, whose death last year sparked a nationwide outpouring of emotion, queued outside record stores on Thursday night to get their hands on the album.
 
Warner, which said the sales figure did not include downloads from streaming platforms, had earlier predicted that “Mon pays c'est l'amour” (My Country is Love) would go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes of going on sale.
 
Hallyday's 1999 album “Sang pour Sang” (“Blood for Blood”), sold two million after selling 230,000 copies on its first day.
 
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer in December aged 74.
 
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and DavidHallyday, and his last wife Laeticia. Laeticia Hallyday on Friday said she had been trying to negotiate with the pair.
 
“We are trying (but) it is complicated, because a lot of things have been orchestrated,” she told the TF1 television channel.
 
“There is a lot of hate, contempt, humiliation, lies, which hurts. It's difficult to hear, it's difficult to suffer that,” she added.