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Biography

  • Years Active

    1982 – 1996 (14 years)

  • Founded In

    Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil

  • Members

    • Dado Villa‐Lobos (1983 – 1996)
    • Marcelo Bonfá (1982 – 1996)
    • Renato Rocha (1984 – 1989)
    • Renato Russo (1982 – 1996)

Legião Urbana was a Brazilian rock band from Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

Fronted by lead singer and lyricist Renato Russo, Legião Urbana was founded in 1983 and existed until 1996, when Renato passed away due to complications caused by AIDS. Besides being the lead vocalist, Renato was an occasional guitar, bass and keyboards player. He also wrote most of the band's songs. In 13 years of career, they released 8 studio albums - the last being posthumous - and one live.

Legião Urbana is probably the most famous Brazilian rock bands, especially known for Renato's poetic lyrics, which range from love and spiritualism to politics, family, sex and drugs.

Nowadays, Dado Villa-Lobos (ex-guitar player of Legião Urbana) has a solo career and recorded his first album, named "Jardim De Cactus", in 2005. Drum player Marcelo Bonfá also tried a solo career.

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