Legendary dup Pimpinela will be making their triumphant return to Los Angeles on August 9 at the Orpheum Theatre, as part of their greatest hits tour titled “Las Canciones de tu Vida” celebrating their 30-year career.
In an exclusive with Living Out Loud, Joaquin Galan discussed the duo’s plans, his partial retirement from the stage, and the significance of that “golden age” in the 80s as compared to today’s digitally-driven times.
“We’re doing this tour now in celebration of 30 years on stage, and we’ve already made many stops all over Latin America,” he says. “We began our U.S. rounds in March, and we’ll be returning on August 8 in San Diego at the House of Blues, August 9 in Los Angeles at the Orphium Theatre, August 14 in Las Vegas, August 15 in Phoenix, August 16 in Riverside, August 22 in Washington and August 23 in Miami.”
“The show will have a little bit of everything. Of course, the fans want to hear our greatest hits that they’re already familiar with, like “Olvidame,” “Pega la Vuelta,” “A Esa,” “Me Hace Falta Una Flor,” “Hermanos,” etc.,” he adds. “In other words, the classics from the mid-80s. However, we also have a lot of new material that we’ll be premiering at this concert. There will be a lot of nostalgia, but also a refreshing taste of the now.”
Galan spoke about the factors surrounding their apparent retirement, as well as how the digital movement has affected the duo.
“It definitely did. Think about it: in 30 years, so much has changed in the world. We’ve bridged the gap between 2 centuries. In reality, we never truly retired. We just spent less time traveling to different cities such as Los Angeles. What Lucia and I want to do is rekindle that relationship with fans our age, who grew with our music, and their children who know us through their parents. We’ve seen that in our concerts in the US and it brings us immense joy to reach new generations through family. It’s what makes it possible for us to still be touring.”
When asked about what the duo misses most about the 80s, Galan spoke about the music and technology’s influence.
“In this day and age, we’re in the midst of constant change and the communication revolution, as well as the digital age. We’ve all been influenced by these changes in one way or another, but I will say the quality of the music itself – the lyrics, the melodies – was far superior back then,” he says. “Today, young people who discover that music from the 80s absolutely love it. I feel that in those days, there was a more profound dedication to songwriting – not this cookie-cutter stuff of today. Back then, obtaining an album was held at a higher value. Now, all you need to do is download an album, and even pick-and-choose selected songs from any album and make your own compilations, at any time. That magic of well-presented music has been lost. That doesn’t mean there aren’t great artists today. It’s just that now there are a lot more artists out there and increasingly less space.”
Despite the rumors surrounding the duo’s personal life throughout their career, they’ve always maintained their prestige, and Galan discussed how the media have changed when addressing an artist’s personal life.
“I think that back then, everything was valued more, and the media in our countries had a special interest in the music itself. Nowadays, I feel like the media don’t do that anymore. There aren’t nearly as many music shows on TV that last hours, and there are less musical events. There was more attention paid to the artist beyond the gossip and the critiques. In our case, having been around for 30 years and no longer needing a no.1 hit, people have known us for many years and respect what we’ve done. The criticism begins to disappear, and that prestige we’ve been able to maintain all this time validates our work in the eyes of the media.”