In the 60s you never sing live, why?
Because Claude Carrère, my manager did not want. He thought we deserve more money with records. I caught up with Zenith in year 85 or Olympia in 98. And since then I'm doing the stage. I blame Carrère for not wanting me to be on stage, that's something I love. But the Royal Circus, no, I never did.
Will you do all your tubes?
Oh no, impossible, I have to watch out for the danger of disappointing some. For example, Jean-Michel Zecca told me that his favorite song is "Patrick my sweetheart". I can not take it anymore, it has aged badly and it is difficult to rebuild. With the group that accompanies me (H-Taag), we have dusted right. "Bang Bang" and other "Three Wise Men" are really new versions with guitar sounds and one with an energy that will surprise people. It made me a bit young, I feel like 20 years, but it's an impression …
Have you always had friendships?
Françoise Hardy! I know them for a long time. I admire and we were very busy especially in the 90s. It's always depressive, but at the same time it's very funny and it's an incorrigible chatter, a real pipeliner in reality. Among other things, I have lost many friends: Claude François, Dalida, Joe Dassin and Johnny are no longer there … Johnny, I knew him well, but not so busy. He was a macho, he preferred trips between men. We used to celebrate sometimes, especially in Mauritius, but I was like a little sister protecting. Maybe it's because I do not drink … But I always thought that Johnny preferred the male community.
His death made you sad?
Of course. When Claude François died, we lost someone in the family. I also felt that recently with the disappearance of Marie Laforêt. She, she thought herself unloved, the honors prove she was wrong.
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Sheila will perform at the Cirque Royal in Brussels on January 1