Argentina’s postal service has issued a stamp honoring Gustavo Cerati, the late singer and guitarist best known as the frontman of the now legendary rock group Soda Stereo.
A picture of Cerati onstage is the image on the boldly colored stamp, part of the Argentine post office’s “Popular Idols” series. The stamp went on sale in Argentina yesterday (Oct 9).
“It is an honor to pay tribute through this stamp to an artist who transcended borders and through his talent and popularity extended the influence of Latin American music,” said a postal service announcement, which called the Cerati stamp one of the most anticipated in recent years.
Cerati, who has been widely hailed after his death as the most important musician and composer in Latin rock history, suffered an aneurysm after a solo concert in Venezuela in 2010. He went into a coma from which he never awoke, and died on Sept. 4, 2014. He was 55 years old.
Cerati was previously given the title of illustrious citizen of Buenos Aires.
Earlier this year, Cirque de Soleil announced plans for a Soda Stereo spectacular, to be staged in 2017. The show is inspired by the story of Cerati and band mates Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio and will feature a soundtrack of hits by the band, the Soda show will open in Buenos Aires and is expected to travel throughout Latin America and in cities in the United States.