leon | While Quebecers still have to wait until mid-March for the return of major concerts, the Cowboys Fringants are preparing to perform in front of 20,000 French fans this weekend in Lyon and Paris.
This European mini-tour has been postponed three times since 2020 due to the pandemic, which will also stop in Nantes, Brest and Geneva, and kicks off this evening at Halle Tony-Garnier, a former converted slaughterhouse in Lyon. Since the eighties in concert halls.
10,000 people are expected to gather there for a reunion with the Quebec group.
On Saturday, another 10,000 fans will watch them at the Accor Arena. After nearly twenty years of performing in France, it will be the first time the Cowboys Fringants have stepped onto the stage of the Paris runway that has seen the biggest parade of rock stars.
“It’s huge,” ignited the group’s director, Claude Larvey.
“Everywhere, we’ll have ticket sales records. In Lyon, we’ve always had very big results. This time, it’s going to be exceptional because we ran out. [comme à Paris et Nantes], to 10,000 spectators. With each paragraph, we are attracting more and more people. The last time we were at 7500.
A crowd of 10,000 is expected at Halle Tony-Garnier, in Lyon, where a series of five concerts for the Cowboys Fringants will be launched on European soil.
The last of the Cowboys Fringants series was in Europe in the summer of 2019, so French fans with tickets since 2020 to see it again were patient.
We are eagerly waiting for them. It will be festive,” predicts Bruno Cadoret, former president of Cousins dashing, former French fan club of the Cowboys.
On Saturday, he believes the most excited should line up in front of the Accor Arena from mid-afternoon to get the best seats for the evening concert.
“You have to get there early because in big rooms like this you want to be in the first three rows to see it well.”
“We feel like the French really want to be in a room with the cowboys. There is a company as unique as the one that can be found in Quebec. It’s unbelievable,” Claude Larvey says.
divided into three
So this promised round in 2020 will finally take place, but in spare parts. Instead of traveling for one major series of concerts, the Cowboys Fringants will be doing three small tours by the end of 2023.
The problem is the same as in Quebec: double deferrals overburden calendars. Finding dates becomes a complicated task. That is why the group chose to hold their first concert now.
“In France, it would have been impossible to get a weekend date for next year if we moved the tour again,” their manager explains.
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