On Thursday, Soda Stereo bassist and drummer, Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti have announced a tour to celebrate the life and work of their former band with a true all-star ensemble of guests. It’s something that would have seemed impossible even just a few days earlier in the week.
The announcement came via a teaser video of the two surviving members getting ready to play again, as well as a written statement they shared on social media. In the statement, Bosio and Alberti talk about getting together “a new last time,” that late-frontman Gustavo Cerati used to say that they will always be Soda, and that it has been true all these years later. They end the statement by writing that they want to celebrate their songs with everybody who wants to join in.
Four dates have been announced for 2020 so far, starting February 29 in Bogotá, continuing on March 7 in Santiago de Chile, March 12 in Mexico City, and ending in Buenos Aires in March 21. More news is expected to come.
For these special shows, the surviving Sodas have recruited various vocal talents that will guest on different songs, including Juanes, Mon Laferte, Rubén Albarrán of Café Tacvba, Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados, León Larregui of Zoé, Adrián Dárgelos of Babasónicos, and Cerati’s son Benito. Most surprisingly, Chris Martin of Coldplay fame will be involved in this homage; although it won’t be surprising to fans who remember the emotive version of “De Música Ligera” that Coldplay played in La Plata in 2017. Also slated to appear is Richard Coleman, who had been involved with Soda Stereo since the early days, as well as famed producer and composer Gustavo Santaolalla.
As reported by Argentine newspaper La Nación, plans for the reunion started when Bosio and Alberti came together for the production of Septimo Día, the Cirque Du Soleil spectacle based on the music of Soda Stereo. Coming together for the project, both musicians started to consider a new way to perform again, and with the help of long-time Soda sound engineer and close friend of Cerati, Adrián Taverna came up with the idea for how the show could become reality.
Soda Stereo originally broke up in 1997 and reunited for a single tour ten years later. In 2010, Gustavo Cerati suffered a massive stroke after a solo concert, falling into a coma and ultimately dying in 2014. Soda’s debut album turned 35 in 2019.
More details are expected to surface sooner than later so stay tuned.