Belgian singer Arno is dead



The singer Arno, Belgian figure of the rock scene, known for his broken voice mixed with a Flemish accent, his messy hair and his excesses, died Saturday April 23 at the age of 72, following cancer , announced his agent. “Arno left us on April 23. We will all miss him, his family, his friends, his musicians, but he will always be there thanks to the music that kept him going until the end.wrote his Belgian agent Filip De Groote in a press release.

A final tour

Sometimes compared to Alain Bashung or Tom Waits, of the same generation as him, the artist Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, known as Arno, had announced in February 2020 to suffer from pancreatic cancer. He had stopped his treatment earlier this year, according to The world.

With the pandemic and after several operations and treatments which had prevented him from giving concerts, this passionate about the scene had embarked on yet another tour, in February 2022. “Concerts are my life… For forty years. I’m very happy to still be able to do it»he confided to the daily.

During his last shows, the artist, seated in front of a microphone, with an emaciated face, regularly alluded in front of his public to his state of health. On February 21, in his usual black stage costume, he had been received under the gold of the royal palace in Brussels for an interview with King Philippe, who had greeted “an icon of the Belgian music scene”.

Tender and melancholic texts

Born on May 21, 1949 in Ostend, a Flemish coastal town to which he remained very attached and which he evokes in his songs, Arno began his career with the rock group TC Matic in the 1980s, notably with the song “Damn, damn” ( “Damn, damn, it’s really good, we are still all Europeans”) – a title recently taken up in duet with another Belgian, Stromae.

Singing in English, French and Flemish, it was in solo that he then revealed himself to a wider audience, with his tender and melancholy texts of great flayed. Among his main titles, bathroom singer, In my mother’s eyes, I want to swim. He had also made original covers of certain classics, such as girls by the sea from Adamo or Poor devils (You women) by Julio Iglesias.

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