Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil
“Legend” is a term that many critics feel is overused in recent times. Two persons who undoubtedly deserve the title are Brazilian music veterans Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso. The length of their careers and breadth of their discography is one that can only be matched by a handful of names. It could have seem apt to name their first Joint tour in more than 20 years “Two Legends” however instead they chose a title that spoke to their continued relationship: “Two Friends.”

As they embarked on the tour the numbers were fascinating to ponder: both would be  72 as the  tour started on the 25th of June and by the end of it on the 28th of November both would be 73. As well, they would both be celebrating 50 years in the business which is what inspired the second half of the tour’s title, “One Century of Music.” In this 100 years of music they have released more than 80 albums combined and too many songs to count.

Having first met at University in 1963 both have maintained a friendship that saw both of them rise to prominence in the music industry before having to leave Brazil as their music was in direct opposition to the military dictatorship that controlled Brazil at the time.

As two of Brazil’s most loved artists both within and outside the country’s borders it seems fitting that their tour be one that saw them travel to several different countries. Their tour will include 18 concerts across Europe and Israel between June and August. After this, they will come back to Brazil from late August all the way until November in the process passing through Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro to name just a few.

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil performing in London (Photo originally from the Guardian)

The tour began in Amsterdam and has since gone to England, Italy and will soon send them to Denmark, France and many other countries. Thus far the shows have all got very positive reviews. The London Evening Standard noted, “they complement each other beautifully.” The Guardian thought the performance was “classy and emotional and finished their review by stating, “They are now in their early 70s, and they are still remarkable.”

Below is a video from BBC Brasil that focuses on the tour and the great personal and musical relationships between the artists:

External Links

Gilbero Gil’s Official Site

Caetano Veloso’s Official Site


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