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Enrique Bunbury
Bunbury in 2012
Bunbury in 2012
Background information
Born (1967-08-11) 11 August 1967 (age 56)
OriginZaragoza, Aragon, Spain
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • harmonica
  • bass
  • drums
Years active1984–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Izarduy (born 11 August 1967),[1] best known as Enrique Bunbury, is a Spanish singer and songwriter.[2] He has been described as "by far the most international star of Spanish rock."[3] He was propelled to fame as lead singer of Héroes del Silencio. After the band disbanded in 1996, Bunbury gradually developed a solo career.[4] His "tessitura" singing style would be in the baritone range.


Bunbury 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 Garcias (drums) and former Héroes del Silencio guitarist Alan Boguslavsky.

Known for reinventing himself,[5] 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") they had great energy on stage and performed with tremendous gusto. In 2005 after 8 years together, Bunbury dissolved the band due to a series of events that caused Bunbury to feel frustrated with the record label and his future. Bunbury took a trip to disconnect and clear his thoughts by spending some time in Cuba. After some time he connected with Spanish singer songwriter Nacho Vegas. They agreed to record a new album titled "El Tiempo De Las Cerezas". The album was released in 2006 with a small tour. This led to the release of a live DVD performance at The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

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.[6] 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.

Bunbury went on to ensemble a new band which goes by the name "Los Santos Inocentes" (The Innocent Saints). Bunbury has recorded eight studio albums with Los Santos Inocentes. Helville De Luxe (2008), Las Consecuencias (2010), Licenciado Cantinas (2011), Palosanto (2013), MTV Unplugged: El Libro De Las Mutaciones (2015), Expectativas (2017), Posible (2020), and Curso De Levitación Intensivo (2020).

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.[7] According to La Banda Elastica, "Rock gods do exist... and Enrique Bunbury is definitely one of them."[8] He is renowned for his powerful, operatic voice[9][10] which can range from F2-A5 with the ability to hit C3.[11] Bunbury is a baritone.[12] The SESAC Latina Music Awards honoured him with the Icon Award in 2019.[13]

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.[14][15]

He is a vegan.[16]

On February 28, 2022 Bunbury through his social media announced his final tour and retirement from the stages, this is due to health issues, mainly respiratory that the singer had to get through for a long time.[citation needed]

Despite the tour was meant to end in September, on May 10 Bunbury announced that due to an unexpected worsening of his health, he would have to cancel the rest of the tour, and retire earlier.[citation needed]

On March 25, 2023 Bunbury took to social media to announce a comeback tour scheduled to take place in 2024 with five dates - Ciudad de México (June 8th), Guadalajara (June 12th), Los Angeles (June 15th), New York (June 18th) and, Madrid (June 29th). [citation needed]


Enrique Bunbury performing in 2010

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions
1997 Radical Sonora
1999 Pequeño 10
2002 Flamingos 11
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 3
2020 Posible 16
2020 Curso de Levitación intensivo 3
2023 Greta Garbo 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 Best Male Rock Vocal Performance "El Extranjero" Nominated [20]
2005 Best Rock Solo Vocal Album El Viaje a Ninguna Parte Nominated
2009 Hellville de Luxe Nominated [21]
Best Rock Song "Hay Muy Poca Gente" Nominated
2012 Best Long Form Music Video Licenciado Cantinas, The Movie Nominated [22]
2014 Best Rock Album Palosanto Nominated [23]
Best Rock Song "Despierta" Nominated
2018 "La Actitud Correcta" Nominated [24][25]
Best Rock Album Expectativas Won
2021 Curso de Levitación Intensivo Nominated [26]
2022 Best Rock Song "Esperando una Señal" Nominated [27]

Note: Two other songs performed by Bunbury but not written by him have been nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, "Gozilla" with Leiva and Ximena Sariñana in 2019 and "El Sur" with Love of Lesbian in 2021, both nominations went to the songwriters of each song; Leiva for the former and Santi Balmes & Julián Saldarriaga for the latter.

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 Best Spanish Act Himself Nominated [28]
2004 Won [29]
2016 Won [30]


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  13. ^ "Enrique Bunbury to Receive Icon Award at SESAC Latina Music Awards". Billboard.
  14. ^ "El documental sobre gira de Enrique Bunbury se exhibirá en México". Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
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  16. ^ Ordóñez, Mónica (3 December 2015). "ENTREVISTA – Enrique Bunbury: 'reconozco que mis obsesiones son insistentes'". M80radio.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
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  19. ^ Peak position in México:
  20. ^ "Complete List Of Nominations For First-ever Latin Grammy Awards". allbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
  21. ^ "Conoce a los nominados a los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  22. ^ "THE LATIN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES, INC. FINAL NOMINATIONS" (PDF). Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  23. ^ "Conoce a los nominados a los Grammy Latinos" (in Spanish). Terra Networks México. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  24. ^ "J Balvin Tops Latin Grammy Nominations, Romantic Singer-Songwriters Edge Out Reggaeton and Trap". Billboard. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Lista completa de ganadores de los Latin Grammy". Marca. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  26. ^ "22nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® FINAL NOMINATIONS" (PDF). Latin Recording Academy. 28 September 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 November 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  27. ^ "23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Final Nominations" (PDF). The Latin Recording Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  28. ^ "IGLESIAS, BUNBURY, SÔBER, AMARAL Y EL CANTO DEL LOCO, CANDIDATOS A LOS PREMIOS MTV" (in Spanish). Los 40. 13 November 2002. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  29. ^ "Bunbury, Ubago, Bisbal, Bebe y Estopa, candidatos a los MTV Europe" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 6 October 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  30. ^ "Álvaro Soler, Amaral, Bunbury, Corizonas y Leiva compiten este domingo en los MTV EMAS 2016 por 'Mejor artista español'" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2020.

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