Joan Manuel Serrat announces his retirement with musical tour 1:34
(CNN Spanish) -
(CNN Spanish) -
Joan Manuel Serrat, the famous Catalan singer-songwriter father of songs like "Mediterráneo", "Cantares" and "Hoy can be a great day", announced in an interview with the newspaper
that he is retiring from the stage after a career of more than half a century.
But he does it with one last tour, "El vicio de cantar 1965-2020", which will take him to the United States and Latin America in 2022.
"I have decided to say goodbye in person. I did not like feeling fired by a plague," Serrat told the Spanish newspaper, and assured that he will do so "with the public in front, full of gratitude and joy." His withdrawal is due, according to the composer and singer originally from Poble-sec, Barcelona, to the "impossibility of continuing the profession of singing in public" due to the closure of the pandemic and "the need to recover family life."
"I will say goodbye, and I will not play again. I will return to the places, I will say hello, I will eat, but I will not return to the stage. I will play and compose at home, I may record an album. But I will not return to the stage. do it at some point. In the confinement I noticed the trees, the birds. And above all I read a lot. I was leaving it. interview.
His decision, in short, is explained in these words from the Bible that he quoted: "Following the norms of
'There is a time for everything."
What would be of me without Latin America!
The tour will begin at the Beacon Theater in New York on April 27 next year and will end in Barcelona on December 23, according to the newspaper and its official website reports.
The tour will take him to Latin America, where Serrat is especially beloved.
"What would be of me without Latin America!", Said the artist who, in addition to composing, also turned the lyrics of poets such as the Spaniards Miguel Hernández and Antonio Machado, and the Uruguayan Mario Benedetti into hymns of Spanish music.
In the interview, Serrat gave more clues about the tour: "One of the most important things that my job has given me is the possibility of traveling. And the possibility of traveling, the possibility of having friends in many places that have helped me discover and to value things. That is why I plan the tour in such a way that the common places, the friends who remain and those who left, the food, the drinks, the landscapes and the memories have a great weight. Above all, I want to say goodbye personally from them".
Melancholy - which is undoubtedly part of his repertoire, just listen to "Those crazy little ones" - "will be represented by whatever happens as I find it," Serrat said in the interview.
And yet, despite acknowledging the weight of the passage of time and the costs of the pandemic lockdown, the tone in looking back was largely one of appreciation.
"To date I have felt like a well-loved and well-lived man," he says, reviewing his life.
'The vice of singing' by Serrat
"The vice of singing has no cure, there is no one to avoid the vice of living, the vice of acting makes you kid even if the curtain falls from the height", say the verses of Fernando Lobo that seem to give name to the farewell tour of the 'Nano'.
As Joaquín Sabina, friend and partner in the profession of singing, sings to him, "behind are the people who need his divine music more than to eat."
For those, the official information of the tour will be available from December 8 on the official website.
And in the meantime, for those who no longer have their cassettes, records or vinyl (or have nowhere to play them) can relive their discography on Spotify.
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