La Ley (band)

La Ley (band)
La Ley
Background information
Origin Santiago, Chile
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock
New Wave (early)
Years active 1987–2005
Labels EMI Music, Polydor, Universal Music, Warner Music
Associated acts Saiko, Los Concorde
Past members
Beto Cuevas
Mauricio Clavería
Pedro Frugone
Rodrigo Aboitiz
Luciano Rojas
Andrés Bobe
Shia Arbulu
Ivan Delgado

La Ley (Spanish for "The Law") was a Grammy Award and two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Chilean pop rock band formed by Andrés Bobe and Rodrigo Aboitiz with Mauricio Claveria, Beto Cuevas and Luciano Rojas. After a failed first album, Desiertos (1989), they released Doble Opuesto (1990), which appears as the official first album of the band. Singles like "Desiertos," "Tejedores de Ilusión," and "Prisioneros de la Piel" made them stars in Chile, Argentina and Mexico, especially after the release of La Ley, their second recording (1992). After Bobe's death in 1994, La Ley continued with a new guitarist, Pedro Frugone, and released two more albums, Invisible (1995) and Vértigo (1998). Before the release of Vertigo, Rodrigo Aboitiz left the band, in the middle of the tour, bassist Luciano Rojas, left the band as well and together with the Aboitiz formed a new group named "Saiko."

Their music became more rock and less experimental, and the musicians dropped their dark image. Not all of their fans were on board with the new style, but the last La Ley albums, Uno (2000) and Libertad (2003), consolidated the band as one of the most important in Latin America, earning it a Latin Grammy award for each of the two albums.

La Ley also performed on MTV Unplugged in 2001, and released an album of the performance, which went on to win a Grammy award. In 2004, they released a greatest hits compilation (featuring three new songs: Mírate, Bienvenido al Anochecer, and Histeria) titled Historias e Histeria.

In 2005 Rodrigo Aboitiz and Luciano Rojas performed with the band at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar) and after a tour around Latin America, the band said goodbye in Buenos Aires on September 29, to work in their personal projects, leaving open the possibility for a return in the future. La Ley is often considered one of the most influential Spanish rock bands of all-time.

Former members

  • Luis Alberto Cuevas Olmedo a.k.a. Beto Cuevas (1988–2005)
  • Mauricio Claveria - drums (1988–2005)
  • Pedro Frugone - guitars (1994–2005)
  • Rodrigo Aboitiz - keyboards (1987–1991); (1994–1998)
  • Luciano Rojas - bass (1988–1999)
  • Andrés Bobe - guitars/vocals (1987–1994) died in a motorcycle accident
  • Shia Arbulu - vocals (1987–1988)
  • Ivan Delgado - vocals/saxophone (1988)


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