Event: Sheila will celebrate 60 years of career with us

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We didn’t introduce Sheila. Her success, the longevity of her career which spans almost six decades, her very sociological dimension, speak for her… With “Venue d’Ailleurs”, her 27th studio (and the first to include original songs for nine years) , we find her more authentic than ever, determined to show herself in a more intimate light.

The news. Six months after the release of ‘Venue d’Ailleurs’, Sheila and the New Chance / Warner Music France label are announcing for October 22 a Deluxe Edition 2CD+DVD and a Double Vinyl edition. In addition to the original album, it will include 4 new titles and 4 remixes, as well as two documentaries on the DVD relating to the recording of the album in Brussels and the USA, accompanied by clips of ‘Tous Yéyé’ and ‘La Rumor’….

The event. In the aftermath, there is of course also the tour. Sheila, who will celebrate her 60th career anniversary on November 11 and 12, 2022 at Paris-Pleyel, will be present on Next November 23 at the Pasino de La Grande Motte for a concert of more than 2 hourswhere the tubes will follow one another.

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A few weeks before he came to us, we were able to interview him

Sheila, 60 years of career, it seems unreal…

sheila: For me too, I assure you! But what joy to be able to look back on life in this way and remember so many shared moments. What joy, above all, to always have the desire, the fishing, to find a loyal audience. This 27th album, I did it neither for the money nor for the glory, but because I still have things to say. And then, I needed some new songs to present for this anniversary, which will give rise to a great and great tour across France.

What do you have in store for your audience on this occasion?

I will be at the Pasino in La Grande Motte on November 23 for a show lasting more than two hours, where I will be accompanied by my friends from the group Hashtag (“The singer alone on stage and the musicians behind, I hate That. There is no solitary star. So we all go there together, sharing, “she insists). Together, we will of course play the tracks from my new album (see box), but also the greatest hits that have marked my career. With some arrangements, to continue renewing myself. So I can reassure you: there will be The Three Wise Men, Schools Are Out, Spacer… My audience won’t give me a choice anyway! (Laughs)

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Your audience precisely. What is it?

My audience is 4 generations gathered around my songs. I have 8-year-old granddaughters accompanied by their mother, their grandmother, their grandmother’s mother sometimes. It is an immense pleasure to see that I manage to be part of the lives of some people, a bit like a member of the family. Plus, that’s how I see my audience: like a big family. And this tour is nothing but a big reunion. I prefer to use this term rather than event tour.

What there is to knowUpdated Sep 15, 2022

The album Venue d’Ailleurs, his 27th studio and the first to feature original songs in nine years, is his most personal. Indeed, Venue d’Ailleurs is traversed by its own history, which appears implicitly or is clearly revealed in the texts. A musical autobiography, between melancholy and joy, which goes from piano-voice to disco, from Pop to Rock. That of an artist who now inspires authors and feeds their fantasies. ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// In Venue d’Ailleurs, Sheila expresses herself on fragile, intimate and painful subjects, never approached before, titles accompanied by cinematographic arrangements: La Rumeur (Amaury Salmon / Philippe Rombi) today a subject of society where she sings: ‘Rumor is a slow death, which condemned Annie to life’, Cheval d’Amble (Christian Siméon / Philippe Rombi) which restores the image of her son tragically disappeared in 2017 ‘I could not slow your course, nor make you turn back’. ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// But Coming from Elsewhere it’s also more pop and light titles, borrowed from nostalgia, such as this new single ‘Tous yéyé’ (Maxime Legrand) which takes an amused look at the Yéyé years, their carelessness where ‘Everyone finds his piece of hope’. ‘Baby Doll’ (Amaury Salmon / Maxime Legrand) is another example, with this heady and amusing refrain ‘Am I still really Baby your idol’, a nod to the sixties. ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// And then there are those songs that unite us, imagining a world where our bonds can be strengthened in this time of great challenges, like the spellbinding Chaman (Pierre-Yves Lebert / Eric Azhar) ‘It’s always the universe that decides at the end’, the folk ballad which is good Belle Journée, or even ‘Venue d’Ailleurs’ (Valérie Véga / Eric Azhar), on soul mates ‘But you, my soul mate, my friend, we are moving towards the light, higher each life’… ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// //// / ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// //// / ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// The presence of soul mate Nile Rodgers, of which Sheila was the first production of the Chic Organization with the tube Spacer (before Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Madonna and many others came knocking on the door of this genius), evokes 40 years later their history co mmune with the title Law of Attraction, huge power tube mixed by Sky Adams (Kylie Minogue, Doja Cat, Mabel,…). ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// For Venue d’Ailleurs, Sheila also found the American producer Keith Olsen on the titles Ooh La La and It’s not over yet (Jason Scheff / David Linx), in duet with the singer Jason Scheff of the group Chicago and with the chorus Alex Ligertwood , the lead voice of Santana. ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// ///// Disappeared on March 9, 2020, Keith Olsen, who worked among others with Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, produced Sheila’s album Little Darlin’ in 1981 (49th on the Billboard TOP 100 albums in January 1982). A feat that must be remembered: after her Pop Yéyé debut, Sheila la Française has become an international artist, having ranked several times on the American Billboard, such as during her disco turn with the hit Spacer and the album King. of the World, and the one that followed with Little Darlin’, plus Pop Rock, which broke into the US Top100.

We know you’re rather talkative: what do you say about yourself, on stage?

I surrender with an open heart. I talk about my daily life, my vision of the news, the passage of time and also painful subjects, such as the tragic disappearance of my son Ludo. This album, moreover, I made it for him, so that he continues to exist through my music, to restore his image too… And then, if that also helps some parents hit hard by this tragedy represented by the inexorable loss of a child, so much the better. I would also like to tell them that if we believe, like me, in reincarnation, our children will remain by our side forever. We no longer see them, it’s true, but we can feel them close to us.

Sheila in concert. Pasino de La Grande Motte, November 23, 2022. Reservations

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