Bertrand Cantat: his return on stage canceled after “pressures”

Paz, the show combining literature and music that was to see the singer Bertrand Cantat go back on stage near Bordeaux, will finally not take place. The event, during which he was to collaborate with the novelist Caryl Ferey, was canceled as a result of “multiple pressures,” said Wednesday the room that was to host.

“Under multiple pressure and censorship that does not say its name, the team of Paz and the Rock of Palmer are forced to cancel the representation of March 31, 2020, “said in a terse statement Le Rocher, a multifunctional concert hall in Cenon, a suburb of Bordeaux.

The management of the room did not wish to provide details on the reason for this cancellation, occurred just three days after the announcement of the performance of the show. The Rock specifies in its communiqué that it proceeds to the refund of the tickets already bought, which should be effective within 48 hours.

Adaptation of a novel

A spokesperson for the show Paz confirmed to AFP the cancellation of the show Cenon, saying that a comment “was not necessary”, and without mentioning other possible dates elsewhere.

On Monday, Rock of Palmer announced the holding of Paz (“peace” in Spanish) fruit of the collaboration of Bertrand Cantat and the author of crime novels Caryl Férey, and based on his novel Paz published early October at Gallimard, which takes place against a backdrop of Colombian guerilla warfare.

Difficult return

The former singer of Noir Désir has not come back on stage since the interruption of his tour in 2018. This tour had sparked hostile reactions, demonstrations of feminist associations, some seeing him as a symbol of violence against women , since his conviction for the death in 2003 of his companion Marie Trintignant. Bertrand Cantat was released in 2007 after serving more than half of his eight-year sentence.

These pressures had resulted in the cancellation of concerts and participations in festivals, until Bertrand Cantat himself announced in June give up the last scheduled dates of his tour.


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