On Dec. 7 iconic band Maná made history playing their seventh show at Los Angeles venue, the Forum, beating six-night records held by Kanye West and The Eagles. The seventh show was scheduled after they already had two runs scheduled at the Forum in September and November for their “Rayando El Sol” tour.
“Maná makes history today by becoming the first artist that will perform seven shows in one year at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum since our reopening in 2014,” a spokesperson for The Forum said. “Maná also holds our record for most shows since the reopening at 11. The Forum is proud and honored to be the home to Maná’s historic run of shows.”
While people who don’t listen to Spanish rock might be baffled by this historic move, the Latinx community is well aware of the success and power of the band who has been releasing music for more than 30 years. They’ve released nine albums and have four Grammy and eight Latin Grammy awards having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
“It’s unbelievable how many people have come to see us here: from L.A., from other cities and even from other countries. You have grandparents, fathers, kids, brothers and sisters, all coming together. It shows what the power of music can do,” drummer Alex González told the Los Angeles Times.
According to the publication, the band considers Los Angeles their second home (they’re based in Guadalajara, Mexico) after recognizing the devoted fan base they’ve developed in the City of Angels which helped them launch their career with a sold-out show at local venue the Palladium in 1993.
The “Rayando El Sol tour” had 35 stops in the U.S., kicking off in Texas Aug. 31 and ending with the December show at the Forum. The tour itself is an ode to their long-lasting career, named after their 1989 breakout hit song which came three years after the quartet formed the band. Vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer González, guitarist Sergio Vallín and bass guitarist Juan Calleros came together in Guadalajara in 1986 and went on to become Latin music’s most successful rock band and one of the most prolific and highest-grossing Latin acts.
Maná has nine No.1 albums and ten No.1 singles in the U.S. – more than any other band in the history of Billboard’s “Hot Latin Songs” chart, according to Billboard. With the record-breaking performance at the Forum, they’ve established themselves not only as a powerful Spanish rock band but as one of the most in-demand artists in the U.S.
“It’s a moment where people are really just celebrating our career,” González told NBC. “It’s overwhelming, you know. We’re still in shock, but a lot of this, also, is thanks to the fans.