Between several riffs of pure rock and roll, Johnny Hallyday's concerts left room for calmer and more moving moments. It was when Robin Le Mesurier took his acoustic guitars to play the Taulier softest ballads. This Gibson Dove is one of the instruments that the musician has used the most these last fifteen years.
It has been played on stage many times over the years all over Europe. It is a Gibson Dove acoustic from 2008. The top is natural solid spruce, the back and neck are maple with a cherry finish. The fingerboard is made of rosewood with inlay. The pickguard is in the same style as the Dove, with the dove standing out from a red background decorated with flowering branches. The headstock has a crown inlay and the label "Robin".
Robin Le Mesurier used to give a nickname to each of his instruments with a label placed on the headstock. This acoustic guitar bears his name, a sign of a special attachment to a guitar he used a lot, in addition to referring to the bird on the pickguard.
With his legendary English discretion and elegance, Robin Le Mesurier firmly established himself as the rhythmic pillar of Johnny Hallyday and Rod Stewart. Talented musician in the shadow of illustrious names, he built unifying anthems and he sporadically took the spotlight when he was presented on stage by his companions.
In 2000, he was the one who started the unleashed notes of Allumez le feu at the Champ de Mars in front of more than 500,000 people. All over these years, he was also the one who initiated the first notes of the ballads during the Taulier's concerts on his acoustic guitar - like a welcome break between a few riffs of pure rock and roll.
Robin Le Mesurier was Johnny Hallyday's most faithful sidekick. He became the right-hand man and the sincere friend of the singer in 1994. During all these years, it is more than 20 years of passionate collaboration which let millions of people enjoy the touch of the guitarist all over Europe.
Recognized and solicited for his British phlegm and for his precise and applied touch, Robin Le Mesurier was appreciated by his peers. Friend of the greatest, he had played with Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and with Rod Stewart with whom he worked for a long time in the mid-1980s. It is not less than four albums they created together. Through this collaboration, his compositions made him known throughout the world and made him a guitarist in great demand.
In 1994, his fruitful partnership with Johnny Hallyday began on the album Rough Town, for which he composed two tracks. From then on, Le Mesurier became the official musician of the famous singer. For twenty-three years, he was on all his tours and shows. He accompanied him until his death, playing in the Madeleine Church in Paris in December 2017 for his funeral. Their complicity and unfailing friendship was palpable every night on stage, especially when the time was come for Johnny Hallyday to introduce his musicians, including his "fidèle ami" Robin loyally placed at his right.
Robin Le Mesurier shared the same dreams of America Johnny Hallyday had. A few weeks before his death, he was still promoting the documentary on the last American tour of the Taulier at his home, in Los Angeles, where he died peacefully in December 2021.