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Héroes del Silencio

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Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain (1987 – 1996)

Héroes del Silencio (sometimes referred to as just Héroes) is a Spanish band from Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain formed by Juan Valdivia in 1987. In the 1990s they experienced success around Spain and the Americas, and various European countries including Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Portugal becoming a successful Spanish group and icons in the history of the Rock en Español scene. After ten years and numerous albums, the band broke up in 1997. Then later on, the artist Enrique Bunbury went solo. In 2007, as part of a 20 year anniversary celebration and 11 years after their break-up, they participated in a 10 concert world tour.

Heroes del Silencio started in 1984 as a band named Zumo de Vidrio. The original members were Enrique Bunbury, Juan Valdivia and his brother, and Pedro Andreu. Bunbury was originally a bass player but after Juan Valdivia heard him singing a David Bowie song and told him that he had a great voice, Bunbury became the vocalist. Later on, Joaquin Cardiel joins the line-up.

The band changed their name to Heroes del Silencio in 1986. At first they played in public places and made demos but their break came when they participated in a music contest in Salamanca and won second place - an EMI producer, Gustavo Montesano, saw the band in the contest and some time later, at a concert in Sala En Bruto, he signed the band.

Their first EP, Héroe De Leyenda, was released in in 1987 and sold 30,000 copies. The following year, the album El Mar No Cesa was released, featuring the songs “Mar Adentro”, “Agosto” and “El Estanque”, and sold 100,000 copies. The supporting tour followed in 1989, documented on the limited edition live album En Directo.

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