“Maybe The [Rolling] Stones can support me”

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Eric Cantona 2023 press photograph

“No,” he said. “I am a headliner. It’s why I cannot understand you. Maybe The [Rolling] Stones can support me.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Cantona explained: “When I was a kid, I had two passions: for art and sport. So I started with football, better I think. Now I can sing until the end of my life. I have a deep need of expressing myself.”

The French singer and former sportsman, who grew up in Marseille, went on to describe himself as “a very, very, very bad guitarist”. However, Cantona said he was capable of writing songs.

“English is a really musical language. French not so musical,” he added.

Eric Cantona, 2023. CREDIT: Jason Hindley

Cantona is due to play a select number of live shows later this month. You can find any remaining tickets here.

The four UK dates will start with two back-to-back nights at the Stoller Hall in Manchester (October 26, 27) before two performances at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre (28,29). A gig at Dublin’s Liberty Hall is also scheduled for October 31.

In 2020, Eric Cantona took the starring role in the music video for Liam Gallagher‘s single ‘Once’. He’d previously joined The Libertines and Patti Smith on stage at a benefit concert for Palestine.

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones played a surprise intimate gig in New York last night (October 19) to mark the release of their new album ‘Hackney Diamonds’.

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