Keyword: concerts

Outrage forces French killer rocker Cantat to pull out of concerts

Bertrand Cantat, 54, who fronted rock band Noir Désir and who served four years in jail for beating actress Marie Trintignant to death in 2003, has announced he has cancelled his planned appearances at a series of music festivals this year after an online petition against his return to live performances attracted 75,000 signatures.

Tale of discord behind building of new Paris concert hall

By Priscille Lafitte

Jean Nouvel is one of the most celebrated architects in the world who has designed landmark buildings in Britain, the United States and the Middle East as well as in France. But his design of the new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall has led to a very public dispute and legal action after the long-delayed project ran over budget by a startling 213 million euros. Nouvel, who boycotted the concert hall's inaugural concert in January, claims that the final design of the distinctive-looking building was distorted by the client. The client, the Philharmonie's management, has in turn pointed the finger at the celebrated architect's allegedly capricious behaviour. Priscille Lafitte, a reporter on cultural affairs for public radio station Radio France Internationale, reports on the background of this ongoing saga.