If you wanted to rock your socks off on Saturday night, the place to be was Antonio Soria Park in Torrevieja, where 5,000 or so gathered, sang along and enjoyed a great night of rock, pop and blues to the music of Spanish Pop-rock band Fito & Fitipaldis. Sadly, expats in the crowd where few and far between and if you are fan of guitar bands, you missed a real treat.
Formed in 1998, Fito & Fitipaldis are one of Spain’s most established pop-rock bands, although few expats may have heard of them. Just over a month ago they took home three of the six awards they were nominated for at the ‘Premios de la Musica’, for best rock album (“Antes De Que Cuente Diez”), best song for its title track, along with best artistic production. They are the only act to ever win three awards at these ‘Oscars’ of the Spanish Music business so their street ‘cred’ is pretty high!
Fito & Fitipaldis kicked off the night right on time and played into the wee hours of the morning to a fully engrossed crowd. Their entire sound, backing band and their own two lead guitars were as tight and one could ask for, reminding me at times of The Eagles, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo or even Dire Straits, albeit singing in Spanish. At times, it was twin lead guitar playing at its very best.
The concert was just one of a string of events going under the banner ‘Noche Azul’ sponsored by Torrevieja’s Town Hall, and although aimed at the under 35’s, the audience consisted of fans from their sixties, to toddlers in arms. It’s not the first time, and most certainly won’t be the last, that Torrevieja’s expat community misses out on a great musical night out because they don’t know what to expect from the Spanish music scene. My sixpence worth; pick up your Cultural Guide at the Tourist Office, browse through it and if you see a major artist or show that you don’t know off, goggle it, watch a clip on YouTube, and maybe you’ll discover a side to Spanish nightlife and culture that you’ve been missing out on. Fito & Fitipaldis; first rate band that guitar fans should take note off and not miss out on seeing the next time they come to town.