The singer from Zaragoza Enrique Bunbury has announced that, due to his throat problems and “with all the pain” in his heart, he is canceling his tour of the United States, as well as the planned concerts in Spain.
“Unfortunately, today in Chicago, one day before the celebration of the ‘show’ in Rosemont, we have to announce that we will not be able to continue with the tour. My throat and breathing problems flared up and came back sharply last night and what I thought was going to be under control is completely out of my hands and desires,” Bunbury said in a statement.
A situation that has forced him, “with all the pain” in his heart, to “advance what he already saw as imminent”.
“It is impossible for me to do more concerts. I understand that many of you bought tickets for a North American tour that was already ‘sold out’ (sold out) and a Spanish tour that aimed the same”, he added about tickets whose amount will be returned.
As explained by the artist in this statement, when two months ago he announced the concerts of “The Last Tour”, he wanted to “fulfill the commitments previously made, both in the United States and in Spain”.
“With Latin America we were on time, since no agreement had yet been closed”, he clarified.
But, given “the events”, his band and he tried to “reduce both the ‘tour’ of the USA and Spain” to leave “as much time as possible between concerts” and thus “ensure as much as possible” that his voice “could respond ”.
As he also told, a few days ago the first of the “shows” of this farewell tour began in New York, which continued in Atlanta: “Both were two fabulous concerts, both for the public and for us, I think I can say with some pride.”
Bunbury, at 54, thanked his fans for their “understanding” in what he described as a “painful” moment for him and the entire team.
The man from Zaragoza, who was going to say goodbye to the United States on June 6, still had concerts in Chicago, Houston, El Paso, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Anaheim pending.
Born on August 11, 1967 in Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, at the age of thirteen he was already playing the electric guitar and later the drums. He began playing at school and as a singer and guitarist, or occasional drummer and bassist in “amateur” groups such as Apocalypse, Rebel Waltz, Proceso Entrópico or Tres Años de Pena or Jumo de cristal.
Together with drummer Juan Valdivia, he formed Héroes del Silencio in 1985 and, two years later, the mini-album “Héroe de leyenda” was released, which was followed by “El mar no cesa” (1989), which went Platinum.
Other important successes with Héroes del Silencio were “Trails of treason” (1990), “The spirit of wine” (1993), “Flor de loto” (1994), “Avalanche” (1995), “Parasiempre” (1996) and “Oddities” (1998); the latter was released after the disappearance of the group -Bunbury, Juan Valdivia, Pedro Andreu and Joaquín Cardiel-, as a sign of gratitude to their many fans and included some hitherto unknown songs.
Bunbury, who was the one who decided the end of Héroes del Silencio, created in 1994 the independent label A la Inversa Records with the Zaragoza group Las Novias. In 1997 came his first solo studio work, “Radical Sonora”, which was followed by “Pequeño” (1999), “Flamingos” (2002), and “El Viaje a Nowhere” in 2004, for which he was the Gold in Mexico and MTV award for the best Spanish musician. In 2005 he announced the dissolution of the band that had accompanied him since he left Héroes due to “exhaustion of ideas”.
His next work, “El tiempo de las cherries” (2006), was made in collaboration with Asturian Nacho Vegas, a benchmark in independent music, and presented by both with success at the Barcelona Liceo.
Although the Heroes met again in 2007 and did a brief tour, Bunbury always denied a hypothetical return of the Aragonese quartet that made him famous. That year he received the Jury’s Special Ondas Award and a tribute from the EMI label for surpassing sales of more than six million records in almost 40 countries.
In 2008 he released “Hellville de luxe” (his fifth solo studio album) and presented the short film “The Thin Man Who Will Never Fail” on the internet, starring him and directed by Frenchman Edouard Salier.
His sixth studio album, “Las Consecuencias” (2010), and his seventh, “Licenciado Cantinas” (2011), were followed by a tour that started in Valencia and reached the US and Latin America.
He continued with “Palosanto” (2013), the most conceptual album of his career, recorded in Los Angeles, the city where he had gone to live, and with the collaboration of the band Los Santos Inocentes.
In 2014, the tour of the album began in Mexico and he recorded the feature film “El camino más Largo”, a documentary about his tour of America, directed by Alexis Morante, the director of his music videos.
At the end of the year, “Madrid, Area 51” was released, a double CD and double DVD recorded live on June 29, 2014 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid.
His next works were “Hijos del pueblo” (2015), recorded live, and “Expectativas” (2017), his ninth studio album, which is a mixture of sounds.
In 2016 he was named Best Spanish Artist again at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Before his final goodbye to the stage announced today, Burbury had reported last February that he was retiring from the stage from September, after fulfilling his commitments in Spain and the US, due to throat and respiratory problems. The decision was made after a Mexican tour in which he had verified that what “normally was pleasure and delight has become a source of immense pain and suffering.”
“I am old enough to make this important change in my life and the support of my family and management,” remarked the artist, who acknowledged that in his 35-year career he has performed “on the best stages in the world and on some of the the worst.”
The musician, who has a biography, “Enrique Bunbury. The rest is silence”, written by the journalist Pep Blay, he is married to Jose Girl, his official photographer, since October 2012 and they have a daughter (2011). He had previously been married to Nona Rubio (2000-2001).
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Enrique Bunbury retires from the stage