About this Artist
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, the Argentine band known for their innovative approach to music and their influential role in the Latin rock scene, are celebrating their 38-year career with the "El León del Ritmo" tour. The tour marks the 30th anniversary of their hit song "Matador," which became a continental chart-topper.
Throughout their 38-year journey, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have constantly evolved their musical style, blending ska, reggae, rock, rap, and salsa to create a unique sound that has made them an essential touchstone in Latin American music. Their albums have featured collaborations with legendary artists like Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, and Mick Jones, earning them a Grammy Award in the Best Rock/Alternative Performance category.
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs' success has also opened doors for Latin music in the international arena, making them the first Argentine and Spanish-speaking band to participate in the popular "MTV Unplugged" series. Their influence can be felt in the work of countless artists and pioneers in the realm of Latin rock.
As they launch the "El León del Ritmo" tour, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs remain an essential force in Latin American music, showcasing their enduring relevance and their commitment to innovation and creativity.
The First Decade
The band's debut album, "Bares y fondas," was a nod to their humble beginnings as friends exploring the local music scene. Their early style, reminiscent of ska "rude boys," evolved as they achieved their first Gold Record in 1987.
The release of their second LP, "Yo te avisé!," produced by Andrés Calamaro, marked the beginning of the Cadillacs' boom. This ascent continued with "El ritmo mundial," as they expanded their musical range, inviting Celia Cruz to sing and covering The Clash.
Their lineup changed over the years, but the band continued to grow, showcasing their maturity with the release of "El León" in 1992. This album, produced by KC Porter, featured a mix of musical styles and collaborations with renowned artists like Gustavo Santaolalla, El Flaco Jiménez, and Paulinho da Costa.
During this period, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs shared the stage with bands like Mano Negra, Paralamas, and Titás, forging a new Latin music front.
The Success and Beyond
"El León" set the stage for the band's entry into the Latin world and led to the continental success of the compilation album "Vasos vacíos," which included their iconic hit "Matador." In 1994, they became the first Argentine and Spanish-speaking band to participate in the popular "MTV Unplugged" series.
Their first decade culminated with the release of "Rey Azúcar," featuring collaborations with Debbie Harry, Mick Jones, and Big Youth, followed by international tours and festival appearances.
The Second Decade and Reunion
The band's musical direction shifted again in 1997 with "Fabulosos Calavera," featuring complex jazz-rock structures and collaborations with Rubén Blades and Mimi Maura. This album earned them a Grammy Award in the newly created Best Rock/Alternative Performance category.
After several successful albums and tours, the band took a break in 2002, with members pursuing solo careers or other projects. They reunited in 2008 for the "Satánico Pop Tour," which was marred by the untimely death of percussionist Gerardo "Totó" Rotblat.
Since then, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have continued to tour and release albums, while also focusing on their individual projects. Their 2016 album, "La salvación de Solo y Juan," earned them two Latin Grammy Awards.
Now, nearly four decades into their career, the band is launching the "El León del Ritmo" tour, celebrating 30 years of their hit "Matador".