After listening to Banda MS‘ Alan Ramírez powerful voice and watching him sing his heart out during a two-hour concert in Los Angeles on Friday (Aug. 19), the thought of him being shot on the neck last month never even crossed your mind. It’s not until you see him up close that the visually-impactful long scar on his neck reminds you of the the unfortunate incident.
“Alan is a living miracle and he sounds better than ever,” band member Oswaldo Silvas said during a press conference hours before jumping onstage. “My tongue might feel numb sometimes and my neck can get swollen, but thankfully, the bullet didn’t do any damage to my vocal chords,” Ramírez added.
The chart-topping band, considered one of the most popular and important groups in Mexico and the U.S., is back on tour after the July 2 shooting in Mexico City when a lost bullet pierced through the act’s van back window hitting Ramírez in the neck.
Although the “Mi razón de ser” singer puts on a brave face for the audience and his colleagues, he admits his return to the stage was an emotional one. “When I jumped on stage for the first time last week, I was feeling all sorts of emotions. While singing the first song, I felt like crying, but instead, I just thanked God for allowing me to sing again.”
And that’s exactly what he does now before going onstage. “Things have changed. Now, I always make sure to ask God to take care of me and the band members. I ask that everything goes well,” Ramírez told Billboard.
During the second of three sold-out concerts at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, Banda MS serenaded fans with their beautiful romantic ballads like “Mi razón de ser,” “No me pidas perdón,” “Hermosa experiencia,” “Háblame de it,” “A lo mejor,” “Me vas a extrañar,” “Mi bendición” and their new single “Tengo que colgar.”
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But banda anthems like “El mechón,” “Me gustas mucho,” “El 24,” “El sinaloense” “Cahuates, pistaches” were enough to get the crowd on their feet and dancing.
Banda MS continues their trek in California with two dates in Bakersfield scheduled for September — while also working on their upcoming album.