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Mana, Mexican pop rock band, sets record at Staples Center

April 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Mexican pop rock group Mana set a record at the Staples Center on Thursday night.

The arena in downtown Los Angeles has been around since 1999, and in that time, it's played host to Madonna, U2 and other pop mega stars. But Mana set the record for most performances in the arena's 13-year history.

It was Mana's ninth straight performance, another in a long list of sold-out shows. They started out in Guadalajara, Mexico, more than 25 years ago and went on to become a Latino rock super-group. It was in Los Angeles where their international stardom got started.

"It's a tremendous honor to say that this beautiful building is not only home to the Lakers, but now it's the Mana house," said Alex Gonzalez, the drummer for the Grammy award-winning group.

At a press conference, all four members of the band were honored as the only musical act to play at the arena a record nine times.

"What you see is what you get. We don't have a huge marketing machine behind us. All we have is our music and our talent, and a lot of our success is also thanks to the fans," said Gonzalez.

Mana's new album, "Drama y Luz," has gone double platinum, and the group is showing no sign of slowing down. Many of their fans weren't even born when their first record was released.

"Their music, just the ambiance that they give, the shows that they give, I mean, they're spectacular shows," said fan Maria Zepeda.

While most of group's songs are in Spanish, Mana has always had appeal with English-speaking audiences.

Friday will be their 10th performance. On April 25, it will be their 11th sold-out show.


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