Bunbury: An Inspiring Spanish Rock Legend
Reinventing himself with his most recent album Licenciado Cantinas, Enrique Bunbury (SGAE), has released 27 albums over his 25 year career. His prolific body of work speaks to his passionate dedication to music and especially ‘rock with ñ,’which refers to rock music written and sung in Spanish.
The singer/songwriter Bunbury has had no fewer than 17 books dedicated to him, including one titled El Aragonés Errante that describes him as being immersed in a quest that “never ends…(because) it continues as if the point of departure had constantly shifted over the course of the journey.”
But speaking chronologically,we could determine the date when his continuous wandering began, with the debut album by his former group Héroes del Silencio in 1987, titled Héroe De Leyenda. This presaged his leadership role in what critics called “the most internationally prominent rock band to come out of Spain.” In his militant trek as a solo artist, Bunbury in 1996 offered up an album that laid bare his personal side Para Siempre. He also became a welcomed collaborator on other talented artists' projects.
He consolidated his reputation as a true artist for the ‘ñ’ generation with the album Radical Sonora while his concerts became cathartic, powerful events for his growing legions for fans. Now,we enjoy his most eclectic project, Licenciado Cantinas,which figuratively transports him from bar to bar and literally from success to success as he undertakes an elaborate 2012 tour. Together with his musicians and backing vocalists, he's performing across Latin America, from Puerto Rico and Mexico to the Southern Cone, Spain, and the United States.
As the Rock En Las Américas magazine wrote about him in a rave review of his 2010 album De Todo el Mundo, “Bunbury is a divo, a legend, an icon. At this point, he appears to have everything that a rock artist could wish for.” The magazine added that he's “mythic” and that “no one is close to taking (his) place.”