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Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Talk New Album & New Additions to the Band

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs perform in Mexico
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Los Fabulosos Cadillacs perform on Nov. 12, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Leave it to a legendary band like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs to close the second annual Ruido Fest in Chicago on Sunday, where the '80s rock band performed some of their greatest hits, including "Mal bicho," "Matador," "La luz del ritmo" and "Calaveras y diablitos." 

Lead singer Vicentico performed with his band plus two very special new additions: his son Florián and band member Flavio's son Astor. Before jumping onstage, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, minus Vicentico, talked to Billboard about their new album titled La Salvacion de Solo y Juan and how Astor and Florián have injected new energy into LFC.

How does a band like Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, with a very long list of hits, decide on a playlist for a festival where time onstage is limited to one hour?

We always have a show already prepared, but we also like to change a few things during the show, depending on how we see the crowd. For sure we will always play the most popular songs and greatest hits like "Matador" and "Mal bicho," they will always be part of the set list. And of course, a few new songs from the album. 

You just released part one of your new album La Salvación de Solo Y Juan, which is being described as a "rock opera." Can you go into more detail of what that means?

Basically the new album is strongly linked to a theatrical plot that has a beginning, middle and an end. The story, about two brothers who are raised by their father who is very crude and distant, is included the album's artwork and you can read the text on there but the songs go along with that story and vice versa. It's important that the fans not only listen to the album but that they read the text as well. That's why we decided to describe it as a "rock opera" because it's a story that can easily be featured in a theater or a film and we will do it soon.

You released the new album seven years after the last one El Arte de la Elegancia in 2009. Flavio, would you describe the time in between the last album and the new one as a "break."

I wouldn't say we took a break because that makes it sound like we didn't do anything new in those years. When the Cadillacs are doing their own thing like me with my band, Vicentico as a solo artist, we're still doing those things for LFC. We released a couple of EP's that did include new music and also some old songs we wanted to record again. But there was never any silence from our part, we were very active.

You've recently made new additions to the band: two very young musicians, Astor and Florián. Would you say that has helped the band reach fans of a new generation?

We don't stress too much in trying to appeal to a younger generation. Whoever wants to listen to us will listen to us. We do have new band members who represent the new generation, Astor and Florián. They deserve a place in the band because we love how they play and they have brought the band fresh air with their youth. Bringing these new changes to the band recharges us and we even though we are playing old songs, they sound differently. We don't want to sound vintage, if it's 2016, we want the band to sound like it's 2016.

Astor and Florián, what does it mean to be onstage with such rock icons like los Cadillacs?

It's a great pleasure, but it came very naturally, since we've been part of this since we were kids so it's a situation full of love, and to be able to make music with them is very gratifying. 

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