Lucía and Joaquín Galán of Pimpinela (Ramon Aviles/Living Out Loud LA)
It has been three decades since the duo Pimpinela (Joaquín and Lucía Galán) first hit the stage in 1984 and their unique style quickly elevated them to the top of the charts. Possessing great natural talent, the Argentine duo began their artistic pursuits at an early age in disciplines such as acting and singing. Over time, they developed a very unique style of songwriting and entertainment, which has placed them as icons in the annals of ’80s Spanish music.
Their illustrious career has enabled the siblings to be on tour since 2012 all over the Americas and Spain to celebrate their 30 years in the industry. Los Angeles was to be no exception, as the duo has a large following amongst the middle-aged Latin population.
The Orpheum Theatre, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, welcomed the duo with a show that chronicled their greatest hits and paid homage to their personalities on stage to the delight of their devout fans. Their choreography and light display was very reserved and discreet as they began their set around 8:30 pm. The duo wore very simple yet elegant ensembles and was accompanied by a small orchestra, which was more than enough for them to perform both classic and modern versions of their work.
Joaquín thanked his loyal fans at the beginning of the show: “This evening, we’re going to share with you many songs that you grew up with, and we are very thankful for those of you who have passed our music down to your children. You are, without a doubt, indispensable to the transcendence of our music.”
The show was comprised of both newer material and older classics, including “Esto No Es Amor,” “Me Hace Falta Una Flor,” “A Esa,” “Dimelo Delante de Ella,” “Valiente,” “Corazon Gitano,” “Una Estupida Mas” and “Vivir Sin Ti No Puedo,” among others.
As the show continued, Pimpinela came into true form. They displayed their strong, dominating stage presence and reenacted their classic staged “fights” while singing to the joy of the crowd.
Emotional moments came when the duo was joined on stage by legends Django and José José to perform “Por Ese Hombre” and “Entre la Espada y la Pared,” respectively.
The Galán siblings have always been characterized by a very illustrious, scandal-free career, and negative critiques by the press never have derailed their success. Not even rumors about their personal life, most notably that they were romantically involved.
Their music has also always advocated the importance of family unity, and halfway through the performance they did it once again. They also brought Lucía’s daughter onstage, and the three of them were joined via satellite by Joaquín’s son to perform “Lo Mejor Que La Vida me Dio.”
The show in all was a party, and the music got the crowd on its feet. Pimpinela concluded their magnificent performance with “Olvídame Y Pega La Vuelta.”
Edison Millan contributed to this story.