Enrique Bunbury

Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy (a.k.a. Enrique Bunbury), born 11 August 1967, is a Spanish singer-songwriter.[1] He has been described as "by far the most international star of Spanish rock." [2]

Enrique Bunbury
Enrique Bunbury
Enrique Bunbury
Background information
Born (1967-08-11) 11 August 1967 (age 53)
OriginZaragoza, Aragon, Spain
GenresHard rock, Latin rock, Euro indie
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, harmonica, bass, drums
Years active1984–present
Associated actsHéroes del Silencio, Andres Calamaro, Julieta Venegas, Zoé Mon Laferte

Bunbury was born in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. He got involved in music in the early 1980s, making his debut in a high school band called Apocalipsis, and later played along with Proceso Entrópico. In 1984, Bunbury joined a group called Zumo de Vidrio, debuting as a lead vocalist. After adopting the nickname of Bunbury, taken from the Oscar Wilde stage play The Importance of Being Earnest, the musician founded the band Héroes del Silencio, becoming a major number in the Hispanic rock scene. The band eventually broke up in 1996 and Bunbury embarked on his solo career in 1997 by launching an electro-rock album, Radical Sonora with his new band: Copi (piano), Del Moran (bass), Ramon Gacias (drums) and former Héroes del Silencio guitarist Alan Boguslavsky.

Known for reinventing himself,[3] in 1999 Bunbury released the album Pequeño (Small), which sounded very different from anything he had ever done before. His band also underwent changes, Boguslavsky was replaced by Rafa Dominguez, and new faces came on board: Ana Belén Estaje (violin), Luis Miguel Romero (percussion), Javier Iñigo, Javier Garcia Vega & Antonio Ríos in the metal instruments.

This band was known as the "Huracán Ambulante" ("Wandering Hurricane") and recorded with Bunbury the rest of his solo discography.

In 2005, after 8 years together, Bunbury dissolved the band and went on to record a new album with Nacho Vegas, which came out in 2006.

In 2007, Héroes del Silencio agreed to take part in an exclusive worldwide tour consisting of ten concerts to be given in ten cities around the world, which bore the name "Tour 2007" and marked the 20th anniversary of their first performances and the ten years that had elapsed since their dissolution as a band in 1996.[4] The first concert took place in Guatemala City on 15 September, followed by Buenos Aires (21 September), Monterrey, Mexico (25 September), Los Angeles (28 September), Mexico City (4 & 6 October), Zaragoza, Spain (10 & 12 October), Seville, Spain (20 October) and Valencia, Spain (27 October), which wrapped up the '07 Tour.

Unlike Héroes del Silencio, Bunbury's solo career has been very different in terms of musical sound but managed to keep the essence of rock, while experimenting with various rhythms from electronic music and Middle Eastern sounds in the early stages of his solo career to cabaret music, rancheras, blues, flamenco and tango, or to salsa, milonga, boleros and cumbia in one of his latest works which pays tribute to Latin America.[5] According to La Banda Elastica, "Rock gods do exist... and Enrique Bunbury is definitely one of them."[6] He is renowned for his powerful, operatic voice[7][8] which can range from F2-A5 with the ability to hit C3.[9] Bunbury is a baritone.[10] The SESAC Latina Music Awards honoured him with the Icon Award in 2019.[11]

A documentary directed by Alexis Morante was released in 2016 entitled El camino más largo (The Longest Way), which chronicles the 2010 tour Bunbury did of the United States.[12][13]

He is a vegan.[14]


Enrique Bunbury performing in 2010

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Peak chart positions
1997 Radical Sonora
1999 Pequeño
2002 Flamingos
2004 El Viaje a Ninguna Parte 39
2008 Hellville de Luxe 1
2010 Las Consecuencias 1
2011 Licenciado Cantinas 2
2013 Palosanto 2
2017 Expectativas 1
2020 Posible ? ?
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albumsEdit

Year Album Peak chart positions
2000 Pequeño Cabaret Ambulante
2003 Una Cita en Flamingos
2005 Freak Show 3
2011 Gran Rex 1 3
2012 De Cantina en Cantina. On Stage 2011–12 Live
2013 Cualquier Tiempo Pasado... Live 2011–2012
2015 MTV Unplugged: El Libro De Las Mutaciones 1
2019 California Live!!! 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Enrique Bunbury: «Un camerino con niños es el gesto más auténtico del rock". Larazon.es. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Bunbury: Un Artista En Constante Mutación". Labandaelastica.com. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Movistar Store". Entretenimiento.terra.com.co. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Enrique Bunbury Rocks the Hollywood Palladium • May 19, 2016". Labandaelatica.com. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Enrique Bunbury". IMDb. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Enrique Bunbury to End World Tour in L.A."
  9. ^ "Enrique Bunbury". Therangeplace.forummotions.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  10. ^ Reed Johnson. "Enrique Bunbury tour to include Anaheim, Hollywood Palladium". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Enrique Bunbury to Receive Icon Award at SESAC Latina Music Awards". Billboard.
  12. ^ "El documental sobre gira de Enrique Bunbury se exhibirá en México". Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  13. ^ Pablo Scarpellini. "La triple corona de Enrique Bunbury". Al Borde. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  14. ^ Ordóñez, Mónica (3 December 2015). "ENTREVISTA – Enrique Bunbury: 'reconozco que mis obsesiones son insistentes'". M80radio.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Search for: Bunbury". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Los discos más vendidos". Diario de Cultura (in Spanish). CAPIF. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Peak position in México:

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