YOU WILL SEE ME RETURN: Gustavo Cerati (SODA STEREO)
By Laura Lozada
On Thursday September 4th 2014, one of the most important and influential musicians of Spanish Rock, Gustavo Cerati, died after being in a coma for approximately 4 years caused by a stroke that he suffered on May 15th 2010, as he was coming out of a concert in Caracas, Venezuela. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist of the Argentinian band Soda Stereo, mostly known for their song “De Musica Ligera”. Cerati was on a tour with his band promoting his last solo album, “Fuerza Natural”, when the terrible accident occurred which would lead to his death 4 years later.
Two years earlier, Soda Stereo had done a tour as a formal goodbye to their fans named “Me Verás Volver” (You Will See Me Return). The tour started as a project to only be carried out in Argentina, but after they decided to do it for all Latin America due to the huge support received by their fans in their country. The band had not participated in a tour together since 1997 when they decided to separate. Two days after the announcement of their separation, Cerati talked to the media in to whom he admitted that the decision made had been “ a difficult one, Soda stereo has been my life, but everyone has to understand that it is hard to manage a band and try to keep the same equilibrium needed to go forward. It is a difficult battle to fight but we did it proudly for 15 years. Unfortunately, some personal and musical differences drove us to lose that balance. Everything was done for the health of the band and our own, and also out of respect to our fans who have been supporting us since the beginning”. Very little was heard from Soda Stereo after the separation. It wasn’t until 2002 when they appeared together again in a documentary made by HBO and MTV named “El Ultimo Concierto” (The Last Concert). After that, all the members of the band were recognized in the MTV Music Awards as “La Leyenda” ( The Legend) in honor to their musical and visual trajectory.
Cerati’s career as a soloist began a couple of years after the separation in 1999, when he released his first album named “Bocanada”. With this album, Cerati was recognized for his abilities to play solos on the guitar while singing, which had been proven during his live concerts throughout his career. Cerati’s “Bocanada” was certified ‘Platinum’ in a single day, along with “Ahi Vamos”, which released in 2006. “Ahi Vamos” is recognized as his most Rock-Oriented album to date, due to the combination of his guitar roots and his own style. Cerati’s final solo album was “Fuerza Natural” which was released in 2009. This album featured a combination of folk and acoustic guitars. Fuerza Natural earned Cerati a Grammy for Best Album of the Year as well as Best Song for “Deja Vu” in 2010, which is recognized as his last accomplishment.
After his stroke in May of 2010, the singer stayed in a clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where doctors unsuccessfully performed several examinations in order to speed up his recovery. On the morning of the 4th of September, the doctor in charge of Cerati’s health made his death public caused by a respiratory arrest. Lamenting the incident, the doctor affirmed to the media that Cerati’s death had been “With dignity and with no pain or wound”.