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"Bronco: From Apodaca to the World - Resilience, Triumphs, and the Harmonic Soul of El Gigante de America"

Updated: Jan 22

When? On April 13, 2024.

Laredo, TX, is set to witness a musical extravaganza like never before. On April 13, 2024, the iconic Mexican band Bronco, known affectionately as El Gigante de America, will take the stage, filling the air with the melodies that have defined generations. As anticipation builds for this monumental event, it's worth diving into the remarkable journey of Bronco, a band that has transcended time, faced adversity, and continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

Bronco's roots trace back to the vibrant musical landscape of Apodaca, Nuevo León, where a group of childhood friends, led by José Guadalupe Esparza, embarked on a musical journey. Originally known as Los Broncos de Apodaca, the band immersed themselves in Chicano music, honing their craft with cardboard boxes before evolving into the powerhouse that would become Bronco.

Their first complete album, recorded for Fama, introduced the world to the captivating sounds of Bronco, featuring the hit "Quiero Decirte." The early years saw the band experimenting with different styles, from cumbias to boleros, creating a unique blend that resonated with audiences in Mexico and the United States.

Bronco's breakthrough came in 1985 with the release of "Sergio el Bailador," a radio sensation song. The album of the same name propelled them to local fame within the state of Nuevo León, setting the stage for their meteoric rise. Hits like "Pilar de Cantina" and "Maldito Corazón" from the album Sergio el Bailador further solidified their commercial success.

However, success came with its challenges. Health issues led Erick Garza to step down from the band, paving the way for Ramiro Delgado to join as the new keyboardist. The transition marked the beginning of a new era for Bronco, culminating in the release of the 1987 album "Bronco Super Bronco," featuring tracks like "Lo Tengo Decidido" and "La Rompidita."

In 1987, Bronco experienced a tragic turn of events during an event at Salon la Fama in Monterrey. The overwhelming attendance led to chaos, resulting in injuries and even fatalities. The band dedicated the "Cumbia Triste" track on their 1989 album "Un Golpe Mas" to the victims, turning adversity into a powerful tribute.

Bronco's international breakthrough came with the release of their hit single "Que No Quede Huella" from the 1989 album "A Todo Galope." The album's success propelled them to tour the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, and Peru, solidifying their status as a global musical force.

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In 1993, Bronco cemented their place in popular culture with their appearances in the Televisa soap opera "Dos Mujeres, un Camino." The album "Pura Sangre," featuring the soap opera's opening song, earned gold and platinum records across Latin America.

In 1997, Bronco announced their farewell tour, marking the end of an era. The time included memorable performances, with their final concert held at the Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico City, attended by a staggering 100,000 people. By the end of 1997, Bronco had received 37 gold and 20 platinum records, a testament to their enduring impact.

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After a brief hiatus, Bronco returned to the public eye in 2003, adopting the name "El Gigante de America" due to a legal dispute over the copyrighted band name. Their comeback album, "Siempre Arriba," showcased their enduring musical prowess and the unwavering support of their fans.

Bronco was rocked by the kidnapping and murder of founding member Erick Garza in 2012. José Luis Villarreal ("Choche") died later that year, leaving a vacancy in the band. Despite these losses, Bronco persevered, honoring their fallen comrades through their music.

The band faced legal challenges in 2017, finally securing the right to perform as Bronco in Mexico after negotiations with their former manager. In April 2019, keyboardist and accordionist Ramiro Delgado left the band, filing a lawsuit against Lupe Esparza for alleged fraud and monetary mismanagement. Despite these hurdles, Bronco continued to evolve, with Arsenio Guajardo joining as the new keyboardist and accordionist in 2021.

Bronco's impact extends beyond their music. With over 12 million records sold as of 2017, they've earned numerous Gold and Platinum records, including accolades from "Lo Nuestro," "El Heraldo," "Furia Musical," and more. Collaborations with artists like Cristian Castro, Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas, Julieta Venegas, and León Larregui showcase their versatility.

The band's achievements include two Latin Grammy Award nominations, a street named in their honor in Las Vegas, Nevada, and their role as Ambassadors for the Human Rights of Migrants since 2011.

A Timeless Musical Journey

Bronco's journey is a tribute to endurance, ingenuity, and music's eternal power as they prepare to take the stage in Laredo, Texas, on April 13, 2024. From the streets of Apodaca to international stardom, Bronco's legacy is a tapestry woven with passion, perseverance, and a commitment to the art form they love. As the audience eagerly awaits the upcoming performance, it's clear that Bronco's melodies will continue to echo across generations, bridging Mexican music's past, present, and future.


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