“I wanted to see the Wailing Wall, it's legendary! ”, he had said.
When Johnny 'almost' came to support Israel during the Six Day War
Before his first visit to Israel in 2012, Johnny Hallyday looked back on his past and confided that he had "almost" come to support the Jewish state during the Six Day War in June 1967, but that the time it happens, the conflict was over.
“I have many friends here. I almost came at the time of the Six Day War, but it was over before I arrived”, said on the eve of his first and only concert in Israel the French rocker who died last night at the age of 74 years old.
During his stay in Israel, Johnny and his wife Laeticia also visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and were received by the former Israeli president, Shimon Peres.
“I wanted to see the Wailing Wall, it's legendary!” he said.
At the time, the French rockstar had nevertheless experienced certain pressures that could have prevented him from coming to Israel.
“I'm over that, I don't care! My job is to sing”, had declared the artist quoted by the The Jerusalem Post.
“I perform in countries that want to welcome me and for an audience that wants to see me. The rest is all the same to me!”
“No one will ever tell me to do what I don't want to do,” said the “French Elvis” as the Israeli media dubbed him during his concert.
Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Philippe Smet in civilian life, since his debut in 1960, has sold nearly 100 million albums and gathered 28 million spectators in concert. At 74, the artist died on the night of December 5 in his house in Marnes-la-Coquette following lung cancer.
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