More than a band, it is an institution. Los Angeles Azules has more than 40 years of career and continues to generate new successes and partnerships with much younger artists, such as Lali, Vicentico, Cazzu, Abel Pintos, Soledad, Nicki Nicole, Carlos Vives and Fito Páez.
The validity of the group is confirmed once again with the new visit to Argentina, where they had announced a show at Movistar Arena for Wednesday, June 7, and as tickets were sold out they had to add another date for Thursday 8. Tickets are for sale through www.movistararena.com.ar
Before starting his trip to Buenos Aires, one of its founders, Elías "El Doc" Mejía Avante, chatted with Clarín and started by saying that "we are very happy to return, this time in a different venue and I think it is something very great for people to know that we are present again with new songs."
Los Angeles Azules, after filling five Luna Park heads to two Movistar Arena. Press photo.
-How was your surprise when you discovered that a very local music could be liked in other countries?
-Notice that we first explored the music locally of Xapalapa and then we found ourselves going to other municipalities, to the state of Puebla, to Texcoco and further and further away.
When we started going abroad, in '94 we were invited to Argentina for the success of the song Entrega de amor, which exploded. We came to the bailantas and it was a surprise for us, which is spectacular, something that we never forget.
-It is a circuit where you can do 4-5 shows per night.
-We did six shows a night! It's crazy to run around, all night and into the next morning. You don't sleep and neither do people!
Duets in Buenos Aires
-When you made the self-homage album, did you imagine the participation of artists of such diverse styles and ages?
-It was something very interesting, because we were already doing something like this in Mexico, but they had not given it much importance in Argentina. Then it was decided, for all the years we have traveled in Argentina, to make the album there De Buenos Aires for the world.
Ángela Leiva and Los Ángeles Azules (El listón de tu Pelo)
-The style of the group is so personal that there are really no similar bands. Do they feel lonely or twinned with other Mexican bands with the same number of years of career?
Fortunately, the style of Los Angeles Azules is unique. What we did was a romantic cumbia that was born in Xapalapa and is now for everyone. I think it's great because the style is unique! And that was sheltered together with the artists of the duets themselves, who also gave their own style and between the two I think there was a musical balance.
-If they continue to drive with the same intensity as before, or try to make shorter tours because of the logical fatigue of the years?
- Hey, good question. We are one of the lucky groups that have a lot of work, but what is now done is trying to accommodate the tour. First we do Mexico, then the United States and we return to Mexico. We do everything more planned and feel calmer, but it's still exhausting.
We are already a little tired, but we are still in the environment, making issues and relationships with other groups. The important thing is to be present.
A unique trajectory
Los Angeles Azules was initially founded by four of eight siblings known as the Mejia Avante Family in 1976.
To date they have released 22 studio albums, four live albums and 7 compilations. They sold between 30 and 40 million copies worldwide.
In 2019 they released several duet singles with several Mexican and international performers, the first being Amor a primera vista together with Belinda, Horacio Palencia and Lalo Ebratt, followed by Acaríñame with Julieta Venegas and Juan Ingaramo, Y la hice llorar with Abel Pintos.
The Blue Angels, with 40 years of career do not stop their march and continue to reap successes.
Then came De Buenos Aires para el mundo, recorded at the Salon Unione e Benevolenza, and in November 2021 they released a new single with Nicki Nicole entitled Otra Noche, which exceeds 45 million views on Youtube.
In 2022 the band went through the United States, with a successful tour that accumulated more than 20 sold-outs around the country, including New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, Chicago and Los Angeles twice, repeating that level of call in all the places in Latin America where they performed. In Argentina, five Luna Park were filled.
Tireless, this year they released their new album Cumbia al corazón, and went on tour to present it live.