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In April of this year, the unimaginable became reality. After almost 16 years of separation, the legendary band Caifanes reunited and played emotion-filled concerts for tens of thousands of delirious devotees at the massive Vive Latino and Coachella festivals in Mexico City and Los Angeles. Dizzy with ecstasy, the fans turned the venues into a massive karaoke session, singing along with their heroes,who recaptured the magic that defined their stunning success.
Between 1987 and 1995, Caifanes released four albums that changed the course of Mexican rock history. El Negro , El Diablito and ElSilencio. Caifanes helped to musically liberate a new generation. "There was an existential need for the creation of the group", said Hernndez. "Up to then it was all blues and heavy metal. We came to develop a new language to communicate our identity." Their first album, El Negro established Caifanes's identity both musically and conceptually. Songs like Viento, and Mtenme PorqueMe Muero, were atmospherically influenced by post-punk groups like the Cure, but the lyrics spoke to a particular kind of Mexican spirituality. La Negra Tomasa,broadened their appeal. Perd Mi Ojode Venado referred to an amulet traditionally worn by Mexicans toward off evil, and spoke to the new slang and street codes engendered by a new generation. As Caifanes reached new creative heights, the chaotic nature of touring and recording began to tear the band apart. On August 18th, 1995 the band played its last show "We no longer understood each other", said Hernndez. "We lost the magic."
In 2010 the unthinkable took place, Caifanes decided the time had come to forgive and forget. "It was as if we had been gone for 15 minutes, not 15 years", said Hernndez of their rehearsals. "The magic was still there. Passion has memory." The concerts at Vive Latino and Coachella were clear evidence of a renewed determination of these extremely gifted innovators of Mexico's golden age of rock, from the first chords of the anthemic dirge SerPor Eso, when more than 70,000 people passionately joined Caifanes once more. Caifanes had shown, once again that in Mexico, rockers are modern-day demi-gods, and their shows are a 21st century version of a mysterious, ecstatic ritual. The magic of Caifanes is back, coming soon to a town near you.
"It is very clear to us that life sends unexpected gifts. The last two shows reaffirmed a history. They made us feel what deep down we knew had not been lost. Surprised and deeply moved we want to share with you again. Thank you for your strength and support, for your patience and for believing in us, we want to make you feel that this tour is one of gratitude and respect to you."- Caifanes