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Between the sure of the piano riff with which February 25 started When I used to be youthful on the National Stadium in San José (Costa Rica) and the E minor of the complete band that closed yesterday Pills to not dream At the Wizink Center in Madrid, many issues occurred. 56 concert events on 34 phases in 12 international locations. Half 1,000,000 viewers. 22 songs —with some occasional additions relying on the viewers. And emotion. Plenty of emotion. Also uncertainty, mirrored paradoxically within the identify of the tour: Against all odds. Sand I used to be going to name Feeling it loadshowever an change of views along with his supervisor, Jose Navarro, Berryimpressed the singer a brand new identify.

At 74 years outdated, Joaquín Sabina approached the earlier month of rehearsals with the respect that three years away from reside exhibits gave. On February 12, 2020, he fell from the stage of the Madrid multipurpose venue throughout a live performance with Joan Manuel Serrat. “He came to the tests scared. And he transmitted that fear to us. But wisdom is within him, you just had to oil the machine,” explains Antonio García de Diego, a musician and composer with greater than 40 years on the singer’s aspect. “We were afraid to see him being afraid, but he didn’t miss a single rehearsal and that reassured us a lot,” provides guitarist Jaime Asúa. “I was infected with joy and energy knowing that he wanted to tour again, maybe it was youth…” says Mara Barros, backing vocalist of the band.

The repertoire was determined — “it does not impose, but it decides. When she takes it off and puts it on, she knows what he’s doing”—for a one hour and 50 minute present. With a mixture of classics —With you, 19 days and 500 nights o Down the boulevard of damaged desires—, comparatively new subjects —I deny every part o marble tears— and a few of what the band considers “old gems” that Sabina needed to carry out —When the chilly hits o white lies—. They labored on modifications in tones and rhythms, sharing confidence within the band for the songs by which the person from Jaén was much less comfy. And a warning: it would not be an everyday tour, you’d spend extra time sitting down.

Three basic rehearsals with mild, sound and ornament and a tour which had initially deliberate 18 dates in Spain and needed to go to 34 as a result of excessive demand for tickets. The first tickets had been offered out in 12 hours. The individuals who got here to the ultimate live performance had bought them 10 months earlier than. “It has been a tour in which we have taken special care of Joaquín. “We were all very sensitized,” explains Berry. They left extra distance between concert events, there was a month and a half of trip in Ecuador and the singer did loads of his half. “He has given a lesson in professionalism. He has not gone out for lunch or dinner, between concerts he locked himself in, there have even been days when he has communicated through a blackboard.

Joaquín Sabina on stage at the WiZink Center in Madrid.
Joaquín Sabina on stage at the WiZink Center in Madrid.Moeh Atitar

The result has been a tour in which Sabina has grown in confidence and in which “against all odds” – a phrase utilized by nearly all of the individuals who take part on this chronicle – the singer has carried out all of the dates, apart from Puebla, the place a abdomen an infection prevented him from performing. For García de Diego, Sabina “has been gaining confidence from the beginning; when we arrived in Argentina [quinta parada de la gira, donde se tocó Con la frente marchita y se hicieron ocho conciertos en 17 días] Everything had already settled and we sounded much more accomplished.”

So a lot so that there have been moments by which the band itself, accomplished by Borja Montenegro, Josemi Sagaste, Laura Gómez, Pedro Barceló and Paco Beneyto as a particular substitute for Barceló, was carried away by the sensations. “I usually carry a towel to wipe off the sweat… on this tour I have used it for traces of emotion,” says García de Diego. It occurred to Asúa that, at a live performance, he stunned himself listening to the songs like one other spectator: “I thought: ‘Damn, what a bastard, how he’s singing it.'” And Barros has cried within the final one in Mexico, within the final one in Buenos Aires… “He had never seen people so dedicated. The public has turned out. I think they were very grateful because they thought we wouldn’t come back. “It has been an incredible and priceless energy.”

For the band, the general public has performed a elementary function within the success of the performances. “On days when there could be doubts, people have raised it to four songs. That made him emotionally stronger. I think Joaquín has experienced things in these months that he had never experienced,” says García de Diego. “On all tours there are one or two concerts that stick out in your mind, but on this one there were 10 or 12,” provides Asúa.

“Against all odds,” Sabina began yesterday in Madrid, “we have arrived alive and well at this last concert. It has been the most magical, most exciting and tumultuous tour of our lives. After playing in the most legendary venues—London, Paris or Los Angeles—I can say that nowhere else does my heart skip a beat, my legs tremble like here.” And she began a live performance by which she alternated the stool with the chair. In which she accompanied every verse with a motion of the hand by which she was not holding the microphone. In which the viewers loudly shouted thrice “Survivor, yes, damn it!” and by which Princesa It seemed like a kind of hymns that the respectable sing whereas taking a look at themselves.

Sabina, performing one of her songs from the 'Against All Prognoses' tour, on Wednesday in Madrid.
Sabina, performing one in all her songs from the ‘Against All Prognoses’ tour, on Wednesday in Madrid.Moeh Atitar

In a balanced present, with motion at first, which then moved by means of a extra acoustic half and raised the decibels once more within the ultimate half, the viewers determined to include a brand new level on the size. At all concert events, on the finish So younger and so outdated, A standing ovation started that lasted minutes. Perhaps the extent of element offered by the screens had an affect, by which an excited Sabina could possibly be seen, totally conscious of the lyrics he was singing. On those self same screens you would see her stunned—and stunning—completely satisfied face when she heard individuals chanting her songs. Or the moments when she shrugged her shoulders on the applause, someplace between what have I carried out to deserve this? and what would you like me to do to it? As if he had been proper when he says that he can’t conceive that individuals pay a ticket for that damaged voice or that the general public doesn’t come for him, however for his songs. “He has other resources to excite. He is a forceful, wise and recognizable voice. Let’s see if he starts to believe it now…” Barros concludes paradoxically.

Throughout the tour, the stands have been permeated with a sure aroma of farewell. Partying with drops of melancholy. With the query within the air of whether or not there shall be extra Sabina concert events. “Many people have come as if it were the liturgy of the last mass,” defines García de Diego. Berry thinks no, that “in 2025 she could do some performances.” His bandmates imagine that not even Sabina himself is aware of. And he would not need to know both.

Sabina, during her last concert of her tour at the WiZink in Madrid, on Wednesday.
Sabina, throughout her final live performance of her tour on the WiZink in Madrid, on Wednesday.Moeh Atitar

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