Julien Clerc is not happy and makes it known. The popular singer, who is going on tour again but has announced several postponements of his concerts, confided in the newspaper “La Provence”. Cash, he notably talked about money… He earns less than before, he admits.
Julien Clerc returns to the front of the stage and in music with the tour “Happy Days”. A project that he defends through classics from his repertoire but also artists such as Barbara, Gilbert Bécaud, Yves Montand, Jacques Brel and Charles Trenet. A way for him to return to what has cradled his childhood. He confided in particular to Provencethis November 15, that he considered this music as “the soundtrack of his childhood”. And if at the time, you had to struggle to be able to listen to these classics of the French variety, today, all it takes is a click. And Vanille’s dad says he too is a consumer of streaming platforms: “I listen like everyone else on the platforms”. A new era of which he is an actor but of which he deplores the effects on his career.
To note that several concerts of Julien Clerc’s tour are postponed. On the singer’s official website, ticket holders can discover the new dates of the shows that have been postponed to 2022 and 2023. Asked a few months ago about his tour, Julien Clerc indulged in the pleasure that is his to have the chance to still be there, on stage, after 50 years of career. “I’m lucky to have a fairly loyal audience, which comes to see me regularly (…) it’s true that singing for so long is not given to everyone, it’s my little pride“, he said to Gard objective. He added: “Over time, I’m less intimidated. I was much more so when I started, I even distanced myself because I am a fairly modest person. I have always liked to sing, but this love of singing has taken on a different form over time and today I can easily sing close to people.”
A drop in income explained by streaming
“I unfortunately participate in the fact that it will become increasingly difficult to make a living from our profession“, he explained in the columns of Provence. “Apart rap peoplewith the kids who click! When we look at our copyrights, compared to what we were collecting before, it’s ridiculous“, he lamented. But faced with this observation, the interpreter of My preference does not intend to feel sorry for himself. If negative effects are felt, he says he is ready to adapt to them in order to get all the positive out of them. “Habits change, you always have to consider change and adapt to it, because there is always a creative side to it“, he explained. “Me, I continue to do what I have always done. When the time comes to compose, which for me is around May-June, because I’m going to shoot until then, I’ll get back to it“.
Retirement ? Not for now
If he had been more discreet recently, the 75-year-old artist is not yet close to the end of his musical career. “I am here to create. As long as I am given the opportunity, I will do it, that is to say as long as music comes to me when I am at my piano“, he said before concluding: “It’s big industry and I hope that we will continue to have a place in it”. The proof with his new tour planned at the Olympia on December 15, 16 and 17 during which he will resonate the classics of the French directory, of which he is a part. Indeed, Julien Clerc rocked many generations and he intends to continue to do so until it is possible for him.