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Héroes del Silencio

Héroes del Silencio
Background information
Origin Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Genres Rock
Acoustic Rock
Hard rock
Years active 1984-1996, 2007
Labels EMI
Associated acts Zumo de Vidrio
Enrique Bunbury
Joaquin Cardiel
Juan Valdivia
Pedro Andreu
Former members
Alan Boguslavsky
Gonzalo Valdivia

Héroes del Silencio (sometimes referred to as just Héroes) is a Spanish rock band from Zaragoza (Aragón, Spain) formed by Juan Valdivia. In the 1990s they experienced success around Spain and the Americas, and various European countries including Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Portugal becoming a successful Spanish group and a fact in the history of the Rock en Español scene. After ten years and numerous albums, the band broke up in 1997. When the main singer Enrique Bunbury went solo, other members of the band also found a different musical path in life. In 2007, as part of a 20-year anniversary celebration and 10 years after their break-up, they organized a 10-concert world tour.



Héroes del Silencio started in 1984 as a band named Zumo de Vidrio. The original members were Enrique Bunbury, Juan Valdivia and his brother Pedro. Bunbury was originally a bass player but after Juan Valdivia heard him singing a David Bowie song and told him that he had a great voice, Bunbury became the vocalist.

The band changed their name to Héroes del Silencio in 1986. At first they played in public places and made demos but their break came when they participated in a music contest in Salamanca and won second place - an EMI producer, Gustavo Montesano, saw the band in the contest and some time later, at a concert in Sala En Bruto, he signed the band.

Their first album, "Héroe de Leyenda", was released in in 1987 and sold 30,000 copies. The following year, the album "El Mar No Cesa" was released, featuring the songs "Mar Adentro", "Agosto" and "El Estanque", and sold 100,000 copies. The supporting tour followed in 1989, documented on the limited edition live album "En Directo".

In 1990 they released "Senderos de Traición", their best-selling album with 2 million copies, including 400,000 copies in the first two weeks in Spain alone. The following year they started the tour "Senda 91" and released another live album, "Senda '91". 1992 saw the most important CD in their career, "El Espíritu del Vino". They sold 600,000 copies of this album which was played throughout America. They followed this with a tour for "El Espíritu del Vino". In 1993, Alan Bogulavsky joined the band.

Due to tensions within the band, they took a hiatus and went to Benasque to take a vacation and heal the rifts within the group. After this break they gained a new producer, Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Kiss, etc.) and in 1995 released "Avalancha", widely considered their best album. "Avalancha" was more hard rock than previous albums, with songs like "Avalancha", "Deshacer el Mundo" and "Iberia Sumergida". The album was followed by the Avalancha tour in 1995 and 1996, which produced the live album "Parasiempre".

The band split in 1996 though this did not prevent the release of the "Rarezas" album in 1998.

El Mar No Cesa

In 1988 Heroes recorded their first full-lenght album. El Mar No Cesa was a limited edition and all copies (30,000) were sold. The album was more pop-oriented than the band had originally wished, which made them perform in a slightly more aggressive way live so to show the real potential of the band. A limited album "En Directo" was later released capturing the energy of their concerts. In 1990 they went into the studio once again to work with the producer Phill Manzanera on their second album Senderos de Traición.

Glory (Part 1)

In 1990 "Senderos de Traicion" was a successful second release for Heroes. The album sold around 750,000 copies. The songs Entre Dos Tierras and Maldito Duende are still among the most popular of the band. The acompaning tour of "Senderos" took the band to America and some countries of Europe like Germany and Belgium; they won some gold discs on their way. According to Bunbury, the tour represented the gold times of the band. The live album Senda 91' remains as a proof. When the band gave a concert in Mexico they met Alan Boguslabvsky, who would later join the band.

Glory (Part 2)

In 1993, after the succcess of "Senderos de Traicion" the band were to record their third album called El Espíritu del Vino, considered by many as the best album of the band. The singles from the release were Nuestros Nombres, Flor de Loto, Los Placeres De La Pobreza, La Sirena Varada and La Herida. Nuestros Nombres and La Herida reached number one in several European charts. Alan Bosguslavsky joined the band in the tour, named El Camino Del Exceso during which they played in countries like Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, U.S.A, Chile, Finland and Hungry. El Camino Del Exceso meant in many ways the loss of compatibility between Bunbury and Valdivia.

Glory (Part 3) and The End Of The Band

In 1995 Heroes met Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper, Kiss), who produced Avalancha. The album was a new commercial success for the band. Alan Boguslavsky, baptized "el Azteca de oro", entered the band officially, being credited as co-composer of several songs although he did not appear in the promotional photos for the album. The tour was the most extensive of the band. The last concert of the band was meant to take place in Los Angeles but it was canceled because the crowd was so angry with the band after rumours of their split. Heroes said goodbye in Spain with the mythical phrase: "Nos vemos en la gira del proximo milenio" "Hasta Siempre"


The Tour macrogira Avalanche was that from July 1995 to October 1996, led them to give 152 concerts between Europe and America. The coexistence during the same had a difficult time, and fatigue lead to an increased internal conflicts in training. During development, Bunbury started his own composition and record new songs, hinting that his future was already far from Heroes. Their last concert, held in Los Angeles on 6 October 1996, was highly irregular, and were forced to suspend it soon after its inception, the public begin to throw objects at the musicians, In response to Enrique's alleged statements, which left no good stops to Mexican women.

Before concluding the tour, and in a press conference in Lima, Heroes del Silencio reported their temporary separation. Apart from its environment, the news was surprising, but eventually came to transcend some of the reasons that led such a situation. The musical differences, especially between Juan and Enrique, led them to a distance, and these differences became personal. It also influenced their mood killing two people very close to the group: the road Martin Druille manager in 1993, and Enrique's brother, Rafael, in 1994. As remarked after Bunbury, the last months of the tour were an ordeal for him.

2007 Reunion tour

Héroes playing in Sevilla on october, 2007

20 years after their first album, and 11 years after they split up, the band announced a ten-day reunion tour that would take them to Guatemala City, Buenos Aires, Monterrey, Ciudad de México, Los Ángeles, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Valencia. For this tour guitarist Gonzalo Valdivia (Juan Valdivia's brother) replaced former band member Alan Boguslavsky[1]. More than 10,000 people attended each concert, some of the concerts saw as many as 90,000 fans (Sevilla). The tour was followed by another live album, "Tour 2007".

After the tour Singer-songwriter Enrique Bunbury announced his new album, focusing in his solo career.[2].


Studio albums

Live recordings


In video games

  • The song "Avalancha" is a bonus song in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

See also


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