“But how could you?” I asked my friend incredulously. ” They have to be one of most likable bands of all times.”
“I don’t know,” she said haughtily. They just don’t do it for me.
Surely, she is back on drugs again.Those free-wheeling, expressive, passionate souls who make you want to undo your hair, forsake your day job and run through the desert naked? What’s not to like?
First, a little history: The Gipsy Kings are from the Catalan region in the south of France. Their roots are steeped in the Romany tradition and their music is often considered Rumba Catalana. Some call it “flamenco pop.” They are members of two related families: the Reyes and the Baliardos (Reyes means Kings in Spanish).
Perhaps my friend meant that they have reached a certain saturation point, musically. They can be heard in movie soundtracks, local restaurants and my room, as we “speak.” And everyone listens to them. They appeal to the young, the old and the infirmed. (And if you think I’m joking about the infirmed, read this one fan’s review):
This is the album I bring out when my mom is in pain. The guitar is fast yet soothing and helps her pain. She likes the lead’s voice. It’s very soothing and she soon feels better and falls asleep. A great album when your stressed out. Its a relief from your everyday world. Gypsy Kings is great medicine!
See that? The Gipsy Kings even contribute to your damn health!
And I don’t know about you, but at this point of another treacherous winter at the Jersey shore, I’m going a little “Jack Nicholson in The Shining.” The Gipsy Kings may be just the ticket to save me from a “Here’s Johnny” routine at my bathroom door.
Apparently, their live show is incredible. According to one fan:
In 1994 I saw them in concert and they were just unbelievable. They only played one encore but the audience was so wound up we would have stayed for another complete concert. Five minutes after leaving the concert I realized that I didn’t have anything left – I was drained. It was one of the most memorable concerts I’ve ever attended. All that energy and most of the songs are on this CD. If Bamboleo or Djobi, Djoba don’t get you moving someone better call 911.
I should send this article to my friend. But, frankly, I don’t talk to her much anymore. She makes me…suspicious.
Tickets still available for The Gipsy Kings at Caesars on February 18th.
“At first, we were a little nervous about facing the world. Now it is our life. After all, we have been traveling for centuries – we have only exchanged caravans and horses for cars and planes… Now the cops are in front of us, not behind!” -Nicolas Reyes