There are a few years, Alice Cooper told Rolling Stone magazine that Red Flag was one of five songs he wanted to write. This piece is one of the classic Canadian band Billy Talent and, with any luck, it will be integrated in the show that will deliver on July 23 on the Port area of Chicoutimi.
This will be the first appearance of the Toronto quartet this side of Laurentides Wildlife Reserve. It will complement a series of shows began in June in Montebello. The other appointment in Quebec is scheduled for July 21 in Rimouski.
Often associated with the punk movement, but without being part of the most abrasive branch, Billy Talent has released four albums of original music, plus a compilation. New songs are expected to emerge before passing Chicoutimi where, no doubt, some will be entitled to treatment “live”.
To measure the importance of this show, which should be one of the most attractive summer, just mention the sales made since the appearance of the first game of Canadians, 13 years ago. Worn by Atlantic Records and Warner Music Canada, it was certified platinum here thanks to hits like Try Honesty and Nothing To Lose.
The story is repeated for the album, including Germany, where Billy Talent squats regularly tops the charts. The last disc consists of original material, Dead Silence, dates back to 2012. It has aroused much interest as the previous ones, as evidenced by the popularity of one of its beaches, Viking Death March.
The appointment chicoutimien will form part of the World Beer Festival, which this will be the eighth edition. It represents a major outlet for this event whose programming will be unveiled today at a press meeting held in The Way Maltée Chicoutimi.
This is one of its craftsmen, the promoter Robert Hakim, who concluded the agreement under which Billy Talent will perform at the port area. This show is in the wake of a prestigious block comprising visits to Leonard Cohen, Dennis DeYoung, Roger Hodgson, Jon Anderson, Pat Benatar and the band Bad Religion.
Billy Talent will perform on the Chicoutimi port area on 23 July, as part of the World Beer Festival. This will be his first foray in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. – Photo courtesy
The calculated risk Robert Hakim
“It is a seal in the six figures, which never happened for a show presented in the region. There is an element of risk, but I think Billy Talent will attract 5,000 people in Chicoutimi, maybe more, “said the promoter Robert Hakim on Wednesday during an interview with the Daily.
To show how he went about bringing Billy Talent on the Port area, Robert Hakim says he contacted three agencies “booking”, just a few months. Each received a list of artists that the developer was willing to host the Saguenay and one of them responded favorably.
“Originally, there was talk of early August, but as I did not want the group to go to Quebec, it’s been declined in July, he notes. The date coincided with the World Beer Festival, which I am CEO, which allowed it to add programming to show. ”
The agency that represents Billy Talent is the same with which Robert Hakim has agreed to bring Patrick Watson and Angelique Kidjo in Chicoutimi. The risk taken with Ontario rockers takes on another dimension. “If it works with them, many doors will open,” anticipates promoter.
He believes in fact that the region may be ambitious, side shows. “There is a parade in Montreal and Quebec and if you do not want to watch it go, we must seize opportunities, states Robert Hakim. This can be done because today, people are open to it. ”