French rocker Johnny Hallyday brings musical solace to grieving Brussels


BRUSSELS: French rocker Johnny Hallyday’s decision to press ahead with his concert in Brussels on Saturday despite security concerns was met with a deafening roar of approval from fans seeking respite from a traumatic week. The 72-year-old singer, known as France’s answer to Elvis Presley, highlighted his Belgian roots as he took to stage for the latest leg of his “Staying Alive” tour, delighting a sold-out crowd determined to have a good time after the horror of Tuesday’s airport and metro attacks. “Part of my blood is French through my mother and the other part is Belgian through my father,” he told the 11,000-strong audience, which responded with chants of “Johnny, Johnny, Johnny!” In a still shell-shocked nation, fans said the concert was their way of showing they would not give in to fear.



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