Fito & Fitipaldis 22nd November Jerez, Spain
Most of the Demographic that visit
this site are from English speaking countries, so they will
be quite confused as to why I am reviewing a concert in Spain
by a Spanish language band.
Its simple they play great music,
and although they sell well in their native Spain and Latin
American countries I thought I would share one of my favourite
acts in Spain with our English speaking readers.
Linguistics and geography aside
Fito & Fitipaldis
formed in 1998 by Adolfo Cabrales as a side project to his heavier Platero y Tu. For
those not familiar with Spanish, Fito
is a term of endearment as a shortened version of Adolfito which in turn is a shortened version of "Adolfo".
The band was formed as an outlet
to a softer, more classic style as compared to the original
band. The bands first three albums sold well but it was the
fourth in 2006 titled Por la Boca Vive el Pez
that took the band into the mainstream charts and much recognition
in Spain and Latin America.
In my opinion this is one of the few old school rock bands
left producing good honest music in Spain amongst the plethora
of auto tuned, x-factored, twerking lookalikes pop acts now in the charts.
Now that we have a bit of background
on the band we move onto the concert itself. This was held
in a sports hall in the city of Jerez. (World
famous for its Sherry wine.)
After waiting for a short while
in a lengthy queue we arrived to a standing room only venue,
with the support act Los Zigarros
already in full swing. The backup band played for about 45
mins or so with a lively set of
hard rock numbers.
After a short break it was time
for the main act, this started with a short animated movie
on the main screen depicting a graveyard, followed by the
names of the bands albums on cartoon tombstones. Short guitar
licks from behind the screens then followed, and the band
then appeared on stage rocking out to Veine
After a thunderous applause from the crowd the band then went
straight into Por La Boca Vive el Pez
their biggest hit and definitely a crowd pleaser. In total
they played 16 tracks in their main set, covering many styles
from Rock n Roll, to Blues, and Latin Jazz influenced numbers
Five new tracks from their new
album Huyendo Conmigo
de Ti were also played; this album was only released
several weeks before the tour and amazingly the crowd new
the lyrics to these new songs. My favourite so far is Parajos
Disecados a mid tempo number
with many a nod to Dire Straits with its clean melodious
guitar solos and picking rhythmic guitar.
Two encores, with two songs each
were also performed to the delight of the crowd, with the
penultimate song being La Casa Por
el Tejado my favourite from the bands discography.
Moving on to equipment as I had
mentioned previously, Fito
& Fitipaldis is a classic
rock n roll band and it reflects in their choice of equipment.
Hammond Organ, Sunburst Jazz Bass, Pedal Steel, and a collection
of vintage or vintage styled guitars to make any aficionados
The first one that caught my eye
was the blue sparkle Dusenberg
Starplayer played by the singer
looking and with a fantastic sound. He also used several
Strats and Teles.
Carlos the lead guitar player also used a beat up Sunburst
Strat, a very nice 335 with long
trapeze tailpiece, a burgundy Gretsch
hollowbody and my favourite a butterscotch
Tele with a black guard.
That guitar was smoking hot, especially
with the slide work, there is something that a Tele has that
no other guitar comes close to for cutting through the mix.
Its just there in your face. Amp wise Carlos had 2 half stacks
and two Vox amps most likely AC
30s. Fito had two
match white/green amps similar to the Mint Julep Fender Hot
Rods in colour and size but unsure which brand these would
After the event we went out for
some Tapas (Spanish finger food) as Southern Spain
is probably one of the few places in the world one can enjoy
some hot food and a cold beer at three in the morning and
there we ran into Daniel Griffin the drummer who kindly
signed my album. Also in the morning at breakfast we managed
to chat with Carlos Raya the lead guitarist who also
signed my album.
A fantastic concert, I strongly
urge gear-reviews readers to check out this great band.
By Ernest H Slade
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