Rikky Roc Calendario, 3.2.09

Spotlight on Los Magos de Oz, playing at the Hollywood Palladium, March 6

By Ric Fazekas
Published on LatinoLA: March 2, 2009

Rikky Roc Calendario, 3.2.09

M?ñgo de Oz ("Wizard of Oz" with a heavy metal umlaut), (also known as simply M?ñgo) is a Folk rock and Heavy metal band from Spain. The band was formed in mid-1988 by drummer Txus. In 1992, the band was finalists in the "Villa de Madrid" contest. They went on to achieve great success in Spain and in 1995 were declared Revolution Rock Band. Around 1996 the band's definitive line up began to emerge. That same year, they began recording the rock opera CD "Jes??s de Chamber?¡", produced by Alberto Plaza and M?ñgo de Oz. The CD was released in 1996, through Locomotive Music. The band is well known for the strong Celtic feel to their music, strengthened through their usage of a violinist and flautist. The name for this band was chosen, according to founding member Txus, because "Life is a yellow brick road on which we walk in the company of others, searching for our dreams."

In 2005, Mago de Oz released two albums. The first one, was a second live album called Madrid-Las Ventas, recorded in Madrid's bullfighting arena, Las Ventas. There were some rather large complications concerning this album, since Locomotive Music had released the album, and Mago de Oz had now signed themselves under a new label, and therefore, Locomotive Music did not have the consent of the band. The second disc, Gaia II- La Voz Dormida, under the new label, Warner Dro, was the second album in the Gaia trilogy and it released a single "La Posada de los Muertos". For this album, came their newest bassist, Pedro "Peri". Along with "La Posada de los Muertos" came more singles: "Hoy toca ser feliz" and "Diabulus in Musica". This song is one of the most powerful antireligious songs along with "La Voz Dormida".

During the tour for Gaia II, Txus temporarily left the band due to extreme exhaustion and problems which required his presence. His substitute for the time would be Joaquin Arellano. The drums would be occupied by Arellano for a month and a half. On September 8, 2006, Txus returned to the drums.

On December 5, Mago de Oz released their very first greatest hits album Rock N' Oz. This album included a re-recording of the songs "Molinos de Viento, "Jes??s de Chamber?¡", "Hasta Que Tu Muerte Nos Separe", and "El Cantar de la Luna Oscura". The album is a double album, the first disc contains singles and the second non-singles. A special edition of Rock N' Oz, entitled "The Best Oz" came in a box set with the original 2 discs and an extra disc containing rare recordings including old recordings of songs never before released with the first singer Juanma still in the lineup. It also contains a DVD highlighting their American tour.

On October 10 2007, the video for their latest single Y Ahora Voy A Salir was premiered on the band's website. The single was released on October 16 2007 and is the first from their latest album La Ciudad de los ?ürboles (The City Of Trees) which was released on November 6.

On November 10 2008, Jorge Sal?ín announced on the band's website about his official break-up from the band, to focus on his own music. Jorge will continue recording and touring with the band at special dates.

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Wed. Mar. 4
Uli & the Gringos La CITA Los Angeles, CA
Jellmunekita, Kamikaze, HDR Air Conditioned Supper Cl Venice, CA

Fri. Mar. 6
The Latin Flavors, Son Locuaz Mal's Bar Los Angeles, CA
Mago de Oz Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, CA
Monte Negro Club Rocenrolero Santa Barbara, CA
Sonsoles Stardust Downey, CA

Sat. Mar. 7
Mago de Oz House of Blues San Diego, CA
Menores Car Show-Staples Center Los Angeles, CA
Zinema, Neblina, Miel, Dia de Astronauta Empire Polo Fields Indio, CA
Clave Cat Club W. Hollywood, CA

Sun. Mar. 8
Viernes 13, La Resistencia, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, 8Kalacas, Red Store Bums, Nomoral, Raskahuele, Roncovacoco, Los Rudos, Ekolokua, Anesthesia, Bill Skasby, Fifth Wave, Thenitwits, Pistolera, Dskarados Knitting Factory Hollywood, CA
Menores Placita Olvera Los Angeles, CA

Thu Mar. 12
Babisonicos, Don Tetto Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

Fri. Mar. 13
Manic Hispanic Juke Joint Fullerton, CA

Sat. Mar. 14
Liran'roll, FZ10, Leyenda Urbana, Alto Voltaje, Sonido Histeria Salon Guadalajara Santa Ana, CA
Santos de Los Angeles, Moonlight Cruisers, Black Guiro Rhtym Lounge Long Beach, CA
Royal Club, Kofre The Airliner Los Angeles, CA
El Manifesto, Ray Ricky Rivera, Sub Collect, Medicated Machines Old Towne Pub Pasadena, CA
Ni??a Azufre La Puente YouthCarnival La Puente, CA
Rocovacoco, Do??a Conchis, Bill Skasby, Los Arambula, Chanclaso 78 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
Likhuy2, Vit?íl, Inconsciente The Dome Bakersfield, CA

Tue. Mar. 17
Ollin Spaceland Los Angeles, CA

Wed. Mar. 18
Uli & the Gringos La CITA Los Angeles, CA

Thu Mar. 19
Kofre Juanita's Beer & Spirits Los Angeles, CA

Fri. Mar. 20
Cellphish The Crest Torrance, CA
Do??a Conchis, Rudo Movimiento, Los Rudos, Mafia Rusa, Calavera No Chilla Pharoah's Den Riverside, CA

Sat. Mar. 21
Velorio, Son Locuaz, Profugos, Merced Stardust Downey, CA
La Mala Influencia, De Siervas, Circuito Vital, Ocupado Sabor Lounge Los Angeles, CA
Alejandra Guzman, Aleks Syntek Verizon Wireless Amph. Irvine, CA

Sun. Mar. 22
Liran'roll, Pro-fe-cia, FZ10, Sonido Histeria, Sonido Vago, Conflicto Urbano D-Club Azusa, CA
Tocadiscos, La Banda Skalavera, Upground, Kofre, Los Vicios de Papa, ONK, Velorio,
Almalafa, Los P2, La Probeska, Cerebro Negro, Nine5One, La Infinita Protesta, Ekolekua,
Rudo Movimiento, La Chaparralta, JLB, No-C, National Archives Knitting Factory Hollywood, CA

Fri. Mar. 27
Delirio, Darq Passon Tarasco Rock Bar Bell, CA
Los Lobos New Conga Room Los Angeles, CA
Sonsoles Rude Dog Covina, CA
Delirio Tarasco Rock Bar Bell, CA
Leyenda Urbano, Sentimento Ubrbano, Sonido Vago, Fe D'Ratas, Angel Sinestro, Ceniza Salon Guadalajara Santa Ana, CA

Sat. Mar. 28
El Tri, Salon Victoria, SectaCore, Germen, 8 Calacas, Sonido Vago Orange Show Grounds San Bernardino, CA
Sonsoles Rhthym Lounge Long Beach, CA

Sun. Mar. 29
Menores Placita Olvera Los Angeles, CA

Fri. Apr. 3
Menores Art District First Friday Los Angeles, CA

Sun. Apr. 5 El Leon Vertigos Los Angeles, CA

Thu Apr. 9 Mezklah Downtown Art Walk Los Angeles, CA

Fri. Apr. 10 Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA

Sat. Apr. 11 Aterciopelados, Alex Cuba Soho Santa Barbara, CA

Tue. Apr. 14 Aterciopelados, Alex Cuba House of Blues San Diego, CA

Wed. Apr. 15 Aterciopelados, Alex Cuba Conga Room Los Angeles, CA

Thu Apr. 16
Aterciopelados, Alex Cuba House of Blues Anaheim, CA
SectaCore La Hacienda Anaheim, CA

Sat. Apr. 18
Mezklah, Sonsoles Bordello Bar Los Angeles, CA

Sun. Apr. 19
SectaCore Knitting Factory Hollywood, CA

Fri. Apr. 24
Ray Ricky Rivera Mal's Bar Los Angeles, CA
Panteon Rococo House of Blues Anaheim, CA
MULA Cobolt Caf?® Canoga Park, CA

Sat. Apr. 25
Menores Roxy W. Hollywood, CA
Rococo House of Blues San Diego, CA
Velorio Festival of Beers Bakersfield, CA
Grito Mutual Rusty's Surf Ranch Santa Monica, CA

Wed. Apr. 29
Fiesta Broadway: Ignacio Val Broadway-Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Sun. May 3
Panteon Rococo House of Blues W. Hollywood, CA

Thu May 7
Vit?íl Bordello Bar Los Angeles, CA

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