Miguel Ríos celebrates his eightieth birthday with an emotional live performance in his native Granada | Culture | EUROtoday

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Miguel Ríos launched Everything at lungs in 1984. At precisely 40 years previous and with greater than 20 years of profession, the Granada rocker sang that it was “difficult for him to keep me on this journey.” This Friday he turned 80 and on Saturday he took the stage as soon as once more. The singing Everything at lungs and made it clear that the journey not solely continues, however that the vacation spot is much from being written. Rios and his vocal cords have emerged unscathed from a journey that started within the early Nineteen Sixties. He then left Granada with the purpose of changing into a rocker when the rock and roll It didn't even exist in Spain. This Saturday she returned to his native Granada to have a good time his birthday with 4 legendary teams from town: Los Ángeles, 091, Lagartija Nick and Ninos Mutantes. A live performance with which he paid tribute to Granada music and his metropolis, represented by greater than 6,000 folks gathered within the bullring, celebrated him.

Miguel Ríos's live performance on his birthday was designed for fulfillment. A begin with Welcome y I return to Granada It is a transparent place taken by the singer, who’s telling his viewers that he locations himself earlier than them at their full disposal, to please them; to provide the music you anticipate. Because the spirit of most of the attendees may very well be summed up in what he stated whereas he ordered a number of beers earlier than the beginning of the live performance Juan Eloy Mendoza, a Granada native from Trevélez: “I come to cry. Miguel reminds me of my trips from Valencia to Granada when he was studying in which we listened to his songs constantly. Changing cities or situations, many people came to the concert, if not to cry, then to be moved. And Ríos, who knows emotions, complied.

After the start, the octogenarian artist – he is not shy about saying it – gave way to the Granada bands that performed four songs each, while between changes an audiovisual of the history of local music was projected. And of these well-known groups, perhaps it is worth highlighting one perception: What good drummers the Granada groups have! Little has been said about the fact that this land in the south is the land of good drummers: Popi González, Tacho González, Eric and Nani Castañeda. The one accompanying Ríos, Pablo Narea, was not local, but at just over 20 years old he was also superb. Miguel Ríos joined in on the last song of each of the groups and although the date was with the singer, people appreciated the journey through six decades of music from the city. A woman in the audience was heard saying: “These people never had to die.”

A moment from Miguel Ríos' concert, in Granada, to celebrate his 80th birthday.
A second from Miguel Ríos' live performance, in Granada, to have a good time his eightieth birthday.javier martin ruiz

And after the bands, Miguel Ríos as soon as once more took possession of the scene and the whole lot he supplied was celebrated, danced and, as protocol dictated, cried. Through the Granada bullring it was heard Everything at your lungs, The bus blues —”A portrait of my life as a musician that I want I had written as a result of it’s good,” Ríos stated when presenting it—, The lineage of Cain —which, maybe as a result of in its lyrics it says that “there are rich people in Mercedes who shout freedom / The noise amplified / It is an insult to the truth,” the singer selected as “my song for the day of reflection”—, and others among the many that there was no lack of Hymn of pleasure, Saint Lucia o The river. To this she joined, with out anticipating it judging by her shock, her daughter Lúa.

Miguel Ríos, after greater than six lengthy many years on stage and greater than 30 albums launched, has no alternative however to be pigeonholed at this level, and though he refused for a very long time, as a canon rocker in no less than one facet: he performs ballads like nobody else.

The Granada rocker was born on D-Day plus one, that’s, 24 hours after the Normandy landings. Because of that or due to his willpower, his identify needed to find yourself linked to historical past. If his beginning was random, not all of the milestones that he has marked in his skilled life have been. The man from Granada has at all times had imaginative and prescient and aims. In his sector, we may name him that, there’s unanimity that he has made historical past in Spanish rock and, due to this fact, in Spanish tradition. Miguel Ríos has opened many paths that now appear to be they have been at all times there, clear. In 1971 he held a charity live performance and projected slides within the background that, as he himself says, composed “an aesthetic reading of the songs.” It was the primary time. That present, Rock and love live shows It was the primary album recorded stay in Spain. In 1978, she used a laser beam at a live performance. His tour with holograms, his resolution to carry out within the middle of a bullring and different ingenuities and choices present him as an artist occupied with resorting to the most recent know-how out there. And in fact, his Rock and Ríos tour is a milestone within the historical past of tradition in Spain. But his curiosity in know-how and in bringing dazzling live shows to the Spain of fifty years in the past has not prevented the singer from abandoning one thing that he considers elementary: the social and moral accountability of tradition. His daughter Lúa defines his father for EL PAÍS as “the first artist who defended rock more as culture than leisure.” Ríos himself offers it an additional twist by saying that his intention was to “dress rock with an ideology that he did not have.”

A moment from Miguel Ríos' concert, in Granada, to celebrate his 80th birthday.
A second from Miguel Ríos' live performance, in Granada, to have a good time his eightieth birthday.javier martin ruiz

Now, after celebrating his birthday, the singer will spend a number of days of relaxation in Granada, he defined to this newspaper, and over the following yr he has set himself the duty of selling, selling and elevating funds for the Miguel Ríos Foundation for Rock. and solidarity, the entity that organized the live performance and different occasions round his birthday. After the break, in 15 days he returns to the highway. The stage, nevertheless, won’t have 30,000 watts. His subsequent gig is in faculty. In 15 days he’ll open the Rey Juan Carlos Summer Courses the place he’ll speak about what considerations him now, the social accountability of tradition and the position of artists on this planet as we speak. A nightclub with air con however the place the music enjoying may be uncomfortable for a couple of individual. That's Miguel Ríos, the artist who invented the slogan “old rockers never die” after which made it a precedence for himself.

A celebration with your folks

The eightieth anniversary consisted of a sequence of actions organized by his basis by which the singer was under no circumstances alone. The director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, the actress María Barranco, Ana Belén, Joan Manuel Serrat, Javier Ruibal and Gran Wyoming are a number of the artists current at these occasions. Iñaki Gabilondo, former choose Baltasar Garzón and prosecutor Dolores Delgado have additionally been there. And, in fact, his household. Always near him lately is his daughter Lúa, who, when requested by this newspaper about how she discovered her father, shortly answered: “Great, wonderful, just the way he is.”

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