French singer Michel Fugain was in Montreal on Wednesday to promote the upcoming release of his new show “Michel Fugain fait bandapart”.
Joined at the Gault Hotel in the Old Port, where he had made an appointment with the QMI Agency, the singer explained that this new show, which he is currently filming on the other side of the Atlantic, would be festive and with added value.
While he should arrive on stage on the piece “Soleil”, which will set the tone, he will take up all the great classics of the Big Bazar. “It only misses a single song to have the rhythm of the show as I hear it. But it’s not complicated if you take into account people’s pleasure, people’s interest,” said the founder of the variety group.
“Once you have a timeline, the songs speak for themselves and match people’s nostalgia. The choice of songs was made over the months, over the years,” he added.
Maintaining a familiar relationship with Quebec and where he always likes to return, Michel Fugain, who celebrated his 80th birthday last May, wanted in this new show to tell his songs, to go to the essentials and to leave all the room for emotions.
“I joke about how it was done, where it was done, but also a bit about everything, about our whole life. If I take the song “Les Acadiens” for example, it came from Robert Charlebois because he introduced me to Cajun music. Beyond the song, it’s a meeting and a story that people don’t necessarily know, « he explained, a heated tobacco cigarette in his hand.
Establishing this relationship with his audience, early in the show, is essential for him. He warns: “Contact must be made from the start. There is no question of making a parade of songs and waving to the crowd after four songs”.
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The secret of longevity
In a resplendent form, the songwriter explained to the QMI Agency that there was no magic formula to keep in shape. “I was born in the right cabbage,” he simply said, laughing.
“I am a happy man. I have a woman I love – his mermaid, as he likes to call her and who saved him, he says, 20 years ago after the death of his daughter – I am not alone , I love and I am loved. It’s beautiful and it’s a colossal, unstoppable engine. I do not mope, neither on life nor on the difficulties”, supported the monument of the French song.
“Creation, music, that’s what motivates him and that’s what gives him all this energy. […] Energy, everything is based on energy. Economists will tell you that,” he added with a laugh.
“Bravo Monsieur le Monde” 50 years later
Camped in the hippie spirit, the Big Bazar has, in its years of activity, written several songs on the planet or environmental issues, including the piece « Bravo, monsieur le Monde », written 50 years ago. The song, which will be explained in the show, is still relevant; a misunderstanding for the artist.
“The issues are the same as 50 years ago, noted the author of the song with some frustration. One may wonder how this is possible. 50 years ago, there was an ecological problem, of survival and protection of the planet. 50 years later we find ourselves with the same. It means that we did not treat it, we did not intervene, out of laziness or negligence or indifference”.
“We hadn’t thought about the consequences and now everyone is in an emergency. When you have to take binding measures, what does global money do, what does global finance do, it drags its feet,” he lamented.
Accompanied by his four musicians, Michel Fugain will begin his series of shows starting in April. Tickets are already on sale.