Gustavo Cerati crossed the “Puente” of Death with Joan Rivers
On the other hand, Gustavo Cerati’s death is far more hard-hitting for me since I’ve been first exposed to Soda Stereo’s El Último Concierto CDs (A & B – C is for the DVD) and kept listening to Soda’s music often despite the band retiring in 1997. Cerati continued with his solo work, which was great, but Soda’s music is simply legendary. Maybe I should re-listen to everything again.
Somehow, a reunion took place ten years later (I’m sure some people thought this would tarnish the legacy of their final concert, and I did too) and I was lucky enough to be able to get tickets and attend with my brother and a cousin the first of the two concerts Soda held at the Estadio Nacional in Peru. The first concert sold out fast enough to add a second concert (which suffered from a temporal blackout). Glorious isn’t enough to describe that concert, which will easily remain in my Top 5 for life (unless I somehow get a shitload of better concert experiences).
It’s been widely known that he’s been in a coma since his final solo concert in Venezuela back in 2010. Since then, a lot of fans were waiting to hear from his eventual recovery.
Unfortunately, Cerati’s official Facebook page reported his death after being stuck in a coma for 4 years. And to re-confirm the death, Benito Cerati (son of Gustavo) confirmed it via Twitter.
Seriously, nobody wanted to say “¡Gracias totales!” today. Radios today are blasting both his solo and Soda work as we speak.
For anyone who has heard of his songs, whetever it was through Soda Stereo or his solo work, nobody could deny that he was already a living legend. He will go do in South American rock history as one of the greatest of all-time — he (along with Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti) was already there before the coma, if I may say so.
¡Gracias por venir! ¡Gracias por venir!