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Toncho Pilatos (Guadalajara, Mexico. 1969–1992) it was one the most representative predecessors of the “under” scene of Mexican rock. Developed as so-called “hoyos funkies”; their music transcended their live performances rather than commercial success.

In spite of their Rolling Stones influence, Toncho Pilatos interpreted original instrumentation. Polydor issued their first album, with a double cover, within its ‘Power Rock’ series, something of a first for a Mexican band. The Toncho Pilatos album was so successful that it was even released in Germany.

The tolerance and support supplied by Polydor was almost unique at that time, and both Bob Dylan and Beck commented on the influence of Toncho Pilatos’ debut release. Critics were divided over the recorded work, but most agreed concert performances brought the best out of the Guadalajaran based band. Their national television debut took place on 3 May 1974, on the television program Hour Zero, with production from Luis de Llano, through Channel 4 of the DF. The violins of the Mariachi New Tecalitlán also enhanced the presentation. In time, Toncho Pilatos incorporated the violinist Richard Nassau, originating from Chicago, United States, into the group.

Nevertheless, and in spite of the achieved success, it was not until 1980 that Toncho Pilatos returned to record their second studio album, Segunda Vez. To a large extent, this delay was because Mexican rock music had entered a low period, due to the repression and intolerance that arose after the Festival of Avándaro. At the end of the 1980s, Toncho Pilatos had disappeared from the scene.


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  • VelvetMesgue


    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Si sono formati a Guadalajara - Messico , per volontà dei fratelli Alfonso " TONCHO " e Rigoberto Guerrero . La loro musica è un miscuglio tra rock-blues e progressive-symphonico Rigoberto è un bravo chitarrista e TONCHO , un eccellente polistrumentista : voce, flauto, violino, chitarra, armonica . om hari om ....

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • yanky-smith

    muy buena banda, los encontre en un documental sobre rock de Jalisco en Vh1 y desde ahi me encantaron, saludos desde Ecuador!!

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • redyzone

    awebo el buen toncho awebo guadalajara rules

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • hi-leaves

    en una rola se me figuran al climax de la de unknow soldier by the doors ;D

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Ratigan

    Recien hallados y empezando a amarlos.

    27 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Dodeccaheedron

    this rules

    20 Jun 2007 Reply

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