Watch a Video Tribute to Late Argentine Rocker Gustavo Cerati for His Birthday

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Gustavo Cerati performs at the Convention Center Atlapa in Panama City, Panama on July 22, 2003.

On what would have been Cerati’s 58th birthday, we remember the Soda Stereo frontman and Argentine rock innovator.

Gustavo Cerati would have been 58 years old today, August 11.

First serving as the frontman of Soda Stereo and later going solo, the Argentine rocker who became one of the most respected Latin American artists in history frequently put his sense of humor on display on stage and on video. He had a rare ability to create an intimate setting in an arena packed with 70,000 people, as videos from Soda Stereo’s 2007 reunion concerts in Buenos Aires show.

In addition to Cerati’s hypnotizing voice, the everyday genius of his compositions, and his guitar skills, Cerati possessed a quality that is too rare in show business but one shared by true innovators. He wasn’t afraid to try something new, even at the risk of looking silly (or having bad hair).

Cerati died on Sept. 4, 2014. Today, we celebrate his life with videos going back to when Soda tested the new form in the 1980s, up to songs from his final album, 2009’s Fuerza Natural.

Early this morning in Argentina, a Tweet from Cerati’s official account, marked his birthday with a link to the beautiful astral song “Numeral (#)” a numerological ballad that mentions the date (“11 cumpleaños) in a list of numbers and personal significance. We thus start our list with a video of Cerati performing the song at 2009 show in Monterrey, Mexico.