Johnny Hallyday hospitalized in L.A.

French rock star has infection stemming from surgery

PARIS -- France's biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, but his press service said Wednesday that the infection he was suffering from following back surgery has been "contained."

Hallyday's producer, Jean-Claude Camus, "has been given reassuring news," said a statement from the 96 B press service. Hallyday "is reacting satisfactorily to antibiotics. The infection has been contained."

Hallyday, 66, underwent surgery in Paris on Nov. 26 for a herniated disc. Four days later, he traveled to Los Angeles with his wife, Laeticia.

Hallyday is in the midst of a multicity tour -- billed as his last -- called "Route 66," a reference to his age and homage to the American rock that has inspired his music.

Hallyday has had a series of health problems this year, and had a cancerous polyp removed from his colon.

The singer, known for his glittery outfits and Elvis-style tight pants, is an idol in France with fans that span generations and include President Nicolas Sarkozy, a friend. He also stars in Johnnie To's crime thriller "Vengeance."

Producer Camus said on French radio that Hallyday's hospitalization could thwart his plans to spend the holidays at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland. His "Route 66" tour began in May and is scheduled to continue with an appearance Jan. 8 in the northern city of Amiens. The tour ends in Paris in February.