There is no doubt that this farewell tour for Vicente Fernandez will be full of emotions. With a career that has spanned over 45 years, Vicente Fernandez has sold over 65 million albums internationally. Fernandez is currently staging what he has called his farewell tour (Gira del Adios), after being treated for cancer in recent years. After concluding his present tour, Fernandez has vowed to limit himself to the recording studio and stay off the road.
This year the great Vicente Fernandez says goodbye to the public. American Airlines Center is set to host one of five dates on Vicente’s farewell tour: Gira del Adios. Like old generals, elderly Mexican pop idols never die, they just fade away. Unless they’re Vicente Fernandez, in which case they just seem to go on and on forever.
“Mientras mi publico no deje de aplaudir, yo no dejo de cantar,” says Vicente.
The presentation of Vicente Fernandez, 73-years-old, this time was more memorable because the Gibson Amphitheater will be closing it’s doors and it go down on history in September. On the first night, Vicente Fernandez waved tearful to the public on several occasions, “folded” of emotion as he wave and “embraced” in prolonged applause of the nearly six thousand people chanting loudly “Chente”, “Chente!”
It was evident that “The King” felt at home, as he performed for the last time at the Gibson.
“Thank you for your applause, for their prayers when I had surgery in liver cancer …” he said in his first interaction with attendees.
Vicente “Chente” Fernandez was born on February 17, 1940 in the village of Huentitan El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico, son of Ramon Fernandez a rancher and a homemaker Paula Gomez Fernandez. At the young age of six, Chente dreamed of a singing career. At age 8, he got a guitar and quickly learned to play and began to study folk music. Since then, he dreamed of his future: “From what I can remember when I was 6 or 7 years, I went to see the movies of Pedro Infante and told my mom ‘when I grow up I’m going to be just like them’.”
At the age of 14, Chente’s ambition led him to enter an amateur contest in Guadalajara, where he won the first place. With that assurance Chente began playing locally at restaurants and weddings for groups of friends and family. Despite the obstacles, his determination led him down a path that would become a success story.
In early 1963, his mother, Paula Gomez Fernandez dies of cancer at age 47. Later, that same year, on December 27, Chente married Maria del Refugio “Cuquita” Abarca Villaseï¿½or, her neighbor of Guadalajara. Soon the couple had four children: Vicente, Gerardo, Alejandro and Alexandra.
With his trademark charro suit, wide-brimmed hat and impeccable accompaniment of mariachi, Chente has performed in the largest and most prestigious venues in the world.
Chente has recorded over 100 albums, is an influential figure, and ultimately, a critical element, responsible for shaping the growth and development of the genre of modern mariachi music. His music, his songs and his voice on hundreds of recordings, ensure that Fernandez will endure as a constant source of Mexican pride, admiration and inspiration for people worldwide.
Vicente Fernández – De Que Manera Te Olvido