Rodrigo y Gabriela have struck gold where many other musicians have struck out. Combining musical styles – in this case, metal and classical Spanish-style guitar – and performing entire sets and albums without one single lyric. In doing so, they not only have amassed a following, but a fervent one. Such was evident at their sold-out performance last Friday at Chicago’s Riviera Theater.
Here’s a sign that you’re doing it right: A check on craigslist for tickets weeks prior to the concert showed a massive disproportion. There were dozens of postings from people desperately looking for tickets to the show – just one posting actually selling tickets. Did ticket brokers miss the boat? Possibly. More likely, Rod Gab fans anticipated their arrival very early and made sure they scored tickets. And once they had them, they weren’t letting them go. That’s refreshing.
On to the show. We won’t spend a lot of time here talking about the magic of Rodrigo y Gabriela. If you’re not yet familiar, read this post from our review of a Rodrigo y Gabriela concert in Milwaukee. Besides, all you need to do is watch a little video – you won’t need convincing from me.
The highlight of the night (and one of this year’s best concert moments) came as a stunning surprise. Between songs, Rodrigo teased the audience about a special guest, then introduced Rob Trujillo – bass player for Metallica. It turned into perfect synergy (well, almost perfect – you’ll see) between the two styles of music represented by Rod Gab – their mind-blowing classical chops fused with their metal influences and inspiration while they jam Metallica’s “Orion.” It was the icing on an already sinfully outstanding cake. And the fans … let’s just say you can expect to hear them loud and clear as the music grapevine grows. Check out the crowd reaction at the end of the video “Part 2” and you’ll understand.
Enjoy the video below. It’s excellent and comes courtesy of TP1134. Below that are two more videos shot by Sound Citizen, if you want more Trujillo. Also, check out TP1134’s account for more of the concert from an excellent vantage point. An outstanding job.
Only three dates remain on their U.S. tour schedule: Oct. 20 in Austin, TX, Oct. 22 in Philadelphia, Oct. 23 in Boston and Oct. 24 in Baltimore. If they’re coming through your area, you’d be an irresponsible Sound Citizen not to go. No excuses. Overseas? Check out more tour dates below the videos.
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|26-Oct-09||Teatro Metropólitan||México, Mexico|
|11-Nov-09||La Carriere||Nantes, France|
|12-Nov-09||Casino de Paris – SOLD OUT||Paris, France|
|15-Nov-09||Vicar Street||Dublin, Ireland|
|16-Nov-09||Olympia Theatre – Sold Out||Dublin, Ireland|
|18-Nov-09||Les Docks – SOLD OUT||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|20-Nov-09||Ancienne Belgique – SOLD OUT||Brussels, Belgium|
|23-Nov-09||HMV Hammersmith Apollo||London, United Kingdom|
|24-Nov-09||O2 Academy, Birmingham||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|26-Nov-09||O2 Academy Glasgow||Glasgow, United Kingdom|
|28-Nov-09||Manchester Apollo||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|29-Nov-09||Colston Hall||Bristol, United Kingdom|
|30-Dec-09||Falls Festival Marion Bay||Marion Bay, Australia|
|31-Dec-09||Falls Festival Lorne, VIC||Lorne, Australia|
|3-Jan-10||Enmore Theatre||Sydney, Australia|
|5-Jan-10||Palais Theatre||St. Kilda, Australia|
|6-Jan-10||Sunset Sounds Festival||Brisbane, Australia|
|8-Jan-10||Southbound Festival||Busselton, Australia|
|11-Jan-10||Aotea Center||Auckland, New Zealand|
|15-Jan-10||CLUB Diamond Hall||Nagoya, Japan|
|16-Jan-10||IMP HALL||Osaka, Japan|
|10-Apr-10||Olympia Theatre||Paris, France|
|11-Apr-10||Olympia Theatre||Paris, France|