Ageing 'French Elvis' gets hip

20th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

France's 67-year-old rock legend Johnny Hallyday has had his artificial hip replaced so he can be on top form for an upcoming tour, his press office said Thursday.

"The operation went very well. He now has to have four weeks of rest in his Los Angeles residence and will be resuming his normal activities in mid-February," it said in a statement.

The operation in California was conducted at the rocker's request so that he can be "in perfect physical form to be ready for his extremely busy schedule in 2011 and 2012," it said.

Hallyday, dubbed the French Elvis, last year had to undergo two operations in Los Angeles to treat complications from surgery carried out in Paris on a herniated disc.

He has gone to court to determine whether he was the victim of a botched operation.

Though little known abroad, Hallyday has sold more than 100 million albums and played 45 major tours in a career that began in the 1960s. His concerts sell out when he plays in French stadia.

© 2011 AFP

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