A livestream in the midst of the pandemic has led to a reunion of one of the most beloved and iconic Mexican acts of all time. Marco Antonio Solís, the Mexican singer-songwriter who is a point of reference for Latin music of all stripes around the globe, is reuniting with his former band, Los Bukis, for a series of three shows in the United States, produced by Live Nation.
Slated for Aug. 27 at the SoFi Stadium inLos Angeles, Sept. 4 at Soldier Field in Chicago, and Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, the limited-run tour is titled “Una Historia Cantada (A Sung History).” It will put Solís onstage with his bandmates for the first time in 25 years.
The prelude to the tour was “Bohemia En La Pandemia (Bohemian During the Pandemic),” a the May 9 Solís livestream where he invited Los Bukis as his unexpected guests. It was the first time the group played together since they disbanded in 1996.
“I truly wasn’t planning to tour with them,” Solís tells Billboard. “It truly was an inspirational idea that came from that moment. Why not? It’s another time in our lives, one of a lot of maturity. We’re all different people now. And getting together was very interesting, very cool.”
Solís began his musical career as the lead singer and composer of Los Bukis, which he originally founded with his cousin as Los Hermanitos Solís. The group would become the most successful romantic “grupero” group of its time. With Solís as its lead singer and composer, they recorded dozens of albums and toured globally. Their last release before Solís went solo was 1995’s Por Amor a Mi Pueblo — certified gold in the United States by the RIAA for shipments of half a million copies.
Reuniting, says Solís, came from the nostalgia spawned by the pandemic.
“Some friends died, others got sick. So we started to speak. From that fragile part of the human being, fresh, new things come forth,” says Solís in his typical poetic fashion. “It was an opportunity to talk, to smooth things out. We’re all very sensible, very emotional.”
In addition to his Los Bukis dates, Solís will also perform two solo dates this year, Sept. 10 and 11 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Those dates are part of several that were postponed due to the pandemic.
At the same time, Solís is in the midst of doing final mixes for an álbum of purely Mexican music that brings together incomplete songs he had accumulated in the past 25 years.
“Creativity never stops, thank God,” he says. “That’s what keeps me alive.”