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Soda Stereo was a rock power trio formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982. Consisting of guitarist and vocalist Gustavo Cerati, bassist Zeta Bosio and drummer Charly Alberti, the band established what would become the template for many other popular Spanish-speaking pop and rock music groups: clever, often mysterious lyrics, pleasing musical arrangements and an elaborate and glamorous aesthetic image.

In 1997, after a farewell tour through various countries and finally Argentina, the band disbanded. Personal and musical differneces brought them to this decision. On September 20, 1997, Soda Stereo played their last show, in front of 75,000 people at the Estadio Monumental (or River Plate Stadium) in Buenos Aires.

With the release of albums such as “Signos”, “Doble Vida”, “Canción Animal” and “Dynamo”, Soda Stereo became one of the most critically acclaimed Argentinean rock bands, being the first one to tour through all of Latin America, -achieving a success that no other local rock band had accomplished before.

Overview

Formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in early 1982, Cerati, Bosio and Alberti recorded some demos demos and started to playing regularly in a bar called “Zero”. After a few shows, a CBS producer decided to give the band a chance. In 1984, their eponymous debut album, “Soda Stereo” was released. Produced by Federico Moura, lead singer of the bandVirus, it proved successful. In October, 1984 the band played at the Buenos Aires Rock & Pop Festival with INXS, Nina Hagen and Charly García.

Their second album, “Nada Personal” was released in 1985 and re-affirmed the popularity of the band. Instant classics such as “Nada Personal” and “Cuando Pase el Temblor” made the album a big seller. The video for the single “Cuando Pase el Temblor” was nominated in the category “Finalist Video” on the 12th Edition of the Video and TV World Festival.

Released in 1986, their third album “Signos” represented the internationl breakthrough from Argentina to the rest of Latin America: This was the first Argentinean rock album to be released on compact disc, -however the CD was first released in 1988. “Signos” contained songs as “Persiana Americana”, the self-tiled “Signos” and “Prófugos”. The album was number one in severla countries and gave the band the chance to conquer much wider audiences.

Soda Stereo embarked in an extensive tour through Latin America to promote the album: They gave an unprecedented 22 concerts in 17 different cities. A live album called “Ruido Blanco” was recorded and contained songs recorded in the “Signos” Tour.

After over a year without recording new material, Soda Stereo travelled to New York City to start work on “Doble Vida” which was released in 1988. The album, produced by David Bowie’s guitarist Carlos Alomar, was recorded and mixed in a state of the arts console. The first three songs of the album were released as singles, “Picnic en el 4ºB”, “En la Ciudad de la Furia” and “Lo que Sangra (La Cúpula)” and were massive hits. The EP “Languis” was released as the next year, and contained only one new song, “Mundo de Quimeras”.

It was their sixth album, “Canción Animal”, to be released in 1990 the one that represented the band’s creative and commercial peak. The songs are amongst the band’s strongest and popular. “Canción Animal” contained the instant classic “de Música Ligera”, the single “Un Millón de Años Luz”, the intimate “Té Para Tres” and the anthemic “(En) El Séptimo Día” and “Hombre Al Agua”.

Overall, the album is considered the most consistent work by the band, along with “Signos”. On December 14, 1991 they performed on the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires a free concert in support of the album. An unprecedented 250.000 people were in attendance.

In late 1992 Soda Stereo released “Dynamo”. This album was Soda’s most ignored, and most experimental work. The band presented the record in its entirety in a local talk-show, “Fax”. This was the first stereophonic TV transmission in Argentina. Shortly after the release, bassist Zeta Bosio suffered the loss of his son in a car accident. This unfortunate incident forced the band to stop touring and promoting the album and sent them into a hiatus, during which singer Gustavo Cerati started his solo career with his debut album “Amor Amarillo”.

The band’s last studio album, “Sueño Stereo” was released in 1995 after a few years of silence. Three singles became hits after being released, “Ella Usó mi Cabeza como un Revolver”, “Paseando por Roma” and “Zoom”. “Sueño Stereo” reached platinum disc only 15 days after its release. MTV Unplugged’s “Comfort y Música Para Volar” was released in 1996, and contained not only unplugged and plugged songs, but out-takes as well.

On May 1st, 1997, personal problems between the members and different artistic criteria led the band to announce its end and started the final tour on July 1997. Their last concert given on September 20th at the River Plate Stadium was recorded and released in two CD’s: “El Último Concierto - A & B”.

Comeback

During 2007, and after 10 years of the dissolution, rumours stated that Soda Stereo would tour South America before the end of the year. A reunion tour was finally announced on June 9, 2007 as the “Me Verás Volver” Tour (“You’ll See Me Return”, referring to lyrics on Doble Vida’s “En la Ciudad de la Furia”). The tour started at the River Plate stadium on October 19, 2007, where they played “El Último Concierto” in 1997. It ended in the same venue on December 21, 2007.

Initially, the band announced two concerts at River, but 90.000 tickets were sold in only 24 hours. The band added one more show to the schedule, and after three days, the tickets for the first three shows were also sold out, so the band added two more shows in Argentina to the tour. The surprising amount of fans attending the five shows (more than 300,000) made Soda Stereo’s return one of the most watched public events in Argentina.

As of 20 October 2007, 22 shows were been confirmed, including one show in Santiago - Chie Bogotá - Colombia, and others in Ecuador, Venezuela, Perú and Panama. Also three shows were confirmed in the United States: One on The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, California and two in the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida; More shows were added Mexico and Argentina. This made Soda Stereo the only band to have performed more than five times in the Estadio Monumental in a single tour.

“Me Verás Volver” the supporting album featured live performances of the songs in all the different countries of Latin America where the tour went, and the U.S. Together with the new comeback tour, a compilation album was released, entitled Me Verás Volver (Hits & +). Exclusive content can be downloaded via the band’s official website using a special code featured on the CD booklet.

After the end of the tour, the band members continued with their individual careers.

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Edited by mgpixlab on 22 Feb 2011, 01:39

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