"Classic Live Lobos" is a weekly series that features a classic live Los Lobos track. To start with, we've compiled a selection of videos that feature special collaborations with friends of the band, both old and new. Tune in each Tuesday for a fresh serving of Live Lobos - please spread the love and share with friends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+, and join our mailing list for occasional posts of important news!
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Don't Worry Baby
He Stopped Loving Her Today
Burn It Down
As Cinco de Mayo approaches we will be featuring past Cinco de Mayo shows and festivals with Los Lobos and various artists and special guests. Today's episode is from last year's inaugural "Los Lobos Cinco de Mayo Festival," which took place at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. In these videos Los Lobos is joined by Neko Case for two great songs: "Burn It Down" and "One Time One Night". Enjoy!
"Burn It Down"
"One Time One Night"
In these videos selected for this week's Classic Live Lobos the band plays with a very special guest, Isabella Spinelli. Isabella is one of many inner city kids who have received music scholarships funded by Los Lobos and who are supported by the band's work with various programs throughout the country. Check out Isabella's impressive violin skills in these two videos. She sure can rock!
Isabella with Los Lobos in 2010.
Isabella again with the band in 2012.
During the 2009 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis Los Lobos was joined for a song by Elvis Costello. Together they played "I Got Loaded" as a final song in Los Lobos' set. The fans at the festival thoroughly enjoyed the surprise of Elvis jumping on stage. We hope you enjoy it as well!
At a 2008 fundraiser for Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, CA Taj Mahal jumped on stage to play Highway 51 with Los Lobos. Individually, and as a group, the members of Los Lobos have supported the work and mission of Los Cenzontles, which focuses on providing an arena for young people to learn about and explore traditional Mexican music and dance. Learn more about Los Cenzontles here.
Listen to an audio clip of Dave Miller, editor of chicagoconcertgoers.com as he describes the scene and his personal experience with the surprise. Play Audio Clip
Additionally, in 2010 Robert Plant decided to cover Los Lobos' song "Angel Dance," producing the following video that includes David and Louie in a cameo role, driving Robert around town: Play video
Here is also an article about Plant's cover of Lobos' song - Read LA Times Article
Jimi Hendrix, as for many, was hugely influential during Los Lobos' early years. Here is an excerpt from an interview with Louis Perez recalling the impact of Jimi Hendrix' presence in his adolescent life.
"I actually went to go see him when I was 14 or 15," says drummer-guitarist and principal lyricist Louie Perez, recalling how he had badgered his widowed mother to spend some of the hard-earned money she made sewing clothes in a sweatshop on a ticket to a Hendrix show.
"I sat right down front," he recalls, his voice rising in excitement. "That experience just sort of rearranged my brain cells."
For a full version of this article with more from the band about their early years click here
As many of you may know Los Lobos toured with the Grateful Dead in the 80s and 90s. For this reason we thought it was only fitting to feature Los Lobos playing with Jerry Garcia for one of our Classic Live Lobos episodes. In this clip from 1989 they play a medley that includes "Down On The Bayou" and "Suzie-Q".
Here is a quick excerpt from a 2010 exclusive article with Steve Berlin in which he discusses the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's support of Los Lobos.
You cover the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway” on this album, one of my favorite Dead tunes. You toured with the Dead, and covered “Bertha” on the Deadicated album. Can you talk a little about the intersection of these two bands?
We go back a long way. We played Laguna Seca together, that was the first thing we did I think. Jerry Garcia a huge fan of Los Lobos, and not shy about letting us know that.
The Dead constituency has been very good to us, so accommodating to us over the years. We have noodled around on "West LA" in live shows, but for this record we decided to really learn it and get it down to honor the Dead.
For more from this exclusive interview go to www.www.diablomag.comHere is an additional video just for fun. We all know this song!
This week's Classic Live Lobos episode is from Los Lobos' recent performance on Austin City Limits Live. On Friday January 18, 2013 Los Lobos was the 1st band to play as a part of the new "PACHANGA PRESENTS” concert series, a Latin music series co-branded by Austin City Limits Live and the Pachanga Latino Music Festival that will take place throughout 2013. On this tune they are joined by Los Texmaniacs and Max Baca and tear the house down!
Here is a great clip from Los Lobos' 2004 "Live at the Fillmore" performance. Special guest Robert Randolph joined them during the finale for "Mas Y Mas". One music reviewer commented on the virtuosity of this performance by saying "Randolph's and Hidalgo's blistering guitar wars are complemented by an explosive drum solo by Bisetti and Estrada and superlative playing by all the others".
For our seventh episode we will journey back to 2005 to another wonderful Bridge School Benefit Concert. During their performance Los Lobos was accompanied by Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller for their song "Little John of God".
Learn more about the amazing work that the Bridge School Benefit does at www.bridgeschool.org/concert/
Today we return to Classic Live Lobos on Tuesdays with an episode from last year's Los Lobos blowout Cinco de Mayo shindig featuring special guest Dave Alvin. Enjoy!
Let's ring in the New Year with some Classic Live Lobos! Check out this video of Los Lobos and their special guest JJ Grey from their show at the Blackwater Sol Revue in 2007. More recently, both Los Lobos and JJ Grey played at The Ride Rock and Roll Festival in Colorado this past August.
Since tomorrow is Christmas, this week's Classic Live Lobos comes to you today! Back in 1989 Los Lobos teamed up with Carlos Santana to raise money for victims of the Loma Prieta earthquake at a benefit in Watsonville, California. Together they played Santana's popular hit of the time "Soul Sacrifice" for an enthusiastic crowd. Enjoy!
It's almost Christmas so for today's Classic Live Lobos we thought we would take you back to this time last year when Los Lobos played at Warren Haynes' annual Christmas Jam. Check it out as the guys and Warren tear through a smokin' rendition of 300 Pounds of Joy and Killing Floor during the Pre-Jam. Enjoy!
Check out these great photos from the event.
For our second episode, we step back in time to 1987 when the movie "La Bamba" chronicling the life and career of Richie Valens came out and thrust Los Lobos into the public eye. This video features Lobos joining with the great Bo Diddley to play a cover of his 1956 hit "Who Do You Love?" for the La Bamba Rock and Roll Review.
In our first episode, in honor of wrapping up a series of shows playing with Neil Young, we have a double-dose of Los Lobos performing 'Cinnamon Girl'. The first is performing with Neil Young at his annual Bridge School Benefit at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA on October 29, 2005. Learn more about the amazing work that the Bridge School Benefit does at www.bridgeschool.org/concert/
The second one is a look at how the tune sounds as a often-played encore of the Los Lobos set, this one at Fort Collins, CO August 19, 2007.
If you still want more, try this version from the Oregon Zoo on July 7, 2009 in Portland, OR.