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Gustavo Cerati's family won't back tributes to Argentine rocker

October 17, 2012|By Reed Johnson
  • Drummer Charly Alberti, singer/guitarist Gustavo Cerati and bassist Zeta Bosio of Argentina's Soda Stereo.
Drummer Charly Alberti, singer/guitarist Gustavo Cerati and bassist… ( Nora Lezano / Sebastian…)

The family of Gustavo Cerati say they appreciate the global outpouring of affection for the Argentine singer-guitarist and former Soda Stereo frontman since he fell into a coma after suffering a stroke in May 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela.

But Argentine newspapers this week are reporting that the family won't officially back any of the tributes and homages to Cerati that are being planned by his worldwide fan base.

A story in the Buenos Aires tabloid Clarin cited a statement posted on the singer's website that his family had thanked everyone who has expressed support for Cerati. But the family also said, writing in Spanish, that, "We felt the necessity of clarifying to the followers of Gustavo and the public in general that we have not had and do not have any participation in the organization, nor are we able to give our backing, to any of these" tributes.

"Involving ourselves would demand responsibility, professional capacity and time," the family said.

According to Clarin, which referred to a report in the Argentine edition of Rolling Stone, among the scheduled homages related to Cerati was a Soda Stereo fan reunion this week at the Parque Centenario in Buenos Aires. The family statement also referred to art exhibitions, shows, audiovisual presentations and other tributes that are apparently underway.

The family affirmed that it would continue to post any changes in Cerati's medical condition on his website.


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