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Hallyday Takes 'Holiday' From Long-Time Promoter

PARIS (Hypebot) – Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday has left promoter and booking agent Jean-Claude Camus after 30 years of working together.

Hallyday will work with Gilbert Coullier, a former associate of Camus, who said in a statement that he plans to produce "big tours" with the singer.

Hallyday unveiled his plans in an interview with French national newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, his first since he endured emergency surgery in December 2009 in Los Angeles for an infection allegedly received during an operation for a slipped disc in Paris.

The surgery and slow recovery interrupted his farewell "Tour 66" in France, which Hallyday intends to resume, but not until 2012.

He claimed that Jean-Claude Camus, who sold his company to Warner Music Group in early 2008, is now "half retired." Hallyday also said he was unhappy about the company's approach to business since it was taken over by Warner.

In a statement, Camus disputed Hallyday's comments and suggested the split was caused by money.

"We were unable to come to a financial agreement regarding our future collaboration," he said. Camus stated that the advance demanded by Hallyday for a 2012 tour would have put his company in danger. According to Journal du Dimanche, Coullier would have had to agree to pay €12 million to Hallyday in 2011 as an advance for the 2012 tour.

Hallyday also revealed that he is currently working on a new album with French multi-platinum singer songwriter Matthieu Chedid, who performs under the name 'M.'

According to Billboard