Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsVicente Fernandez
IN THE NEWS

Vicente Fernandez

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man suspected of selling fake concert tickets on Facebook for Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday night. The 24-year-old man is accused of altering PDF files of Ticketmaster tickets and selling them to a number of victims on Facebook and Craigslist, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspect, Ricardo Gonzalez, allegedly provided investigators with a "full confession and the names of additional victims," department officials said in a statement.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1999
Re "A Life's Passion," May 22: Thank you for your full-length interview and report on Vicente Fernandez. He is a treasure and the major voice in mariachi music. His courageous efforts to keep cool despite his personal tragedies set standards for all of us. He will forever be "El Rey." May God bless him. EDYN LOPEZ Santa Ana In reading Jesse Katz's brilliantly written piece on Fernandez I was enlightened to the fact that Fernandez has great character to match his magnificent voice.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like old generals, elderly Mexican pop idols never die, they just fade away. Unless they're Vicente Fernandez, in which case they just seem to go on and on forever. Fernandez is currently staging what he has called his farewell tour (Gira del Adios), after being treated for cancer in recent years. After concluding his present tour, Fernandez has vowed to limit himself to the recording studio and stay off the road. Well, don't necessarily believe it. The great ranchera troubadour made his first-ever appearance over the weekend at Staples Center, and according to Sergio Burstein , a reviewer for our sister Spanish-language newspaper Hoy, "Chente," a.k.a.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man suspected of selling fake concert tickets on Facebook for Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday night. The 24-year-old man is accused of altering PDF files of Ticketmaster tickets and selling them to a number of victims on Facebook and Craigslist, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspect, Ricardo Gonzalez, allegedly provided investigators with a "full confession and the names of additional victims," department officials said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Like old generals, elderly Mexican pop idols never die, they just fade away. Unless they're Vicente Fernandez, in which case they just seem to go on and on forever. Fernandez is currently staging what he has called his farewell tour (Gira del Adios), after being treated for cancer in recent years. After concluding his present tour, Fernandez has vowed to limit himself to the recording studio and stay off the road. Well, don't necessarily believe it. The great ranchera troubadour made his first-ever appearance over the weekend at Staples Center, and according to Sergio Burstein , a reviewer for our sister Spanish-language newspaper Hoy, "Chente," a.k.a.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The first time I saw mariachi singer Vicente Fernandez perform, I was new to Los Angeles and not long out of college. It was the late '70s at the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway. Almost three decades later, Fernandez, 65, is still going strong, like the Rolling Stones of ranchera music.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
Vicente Fernandez's latest hit, "Estos Celos," has been No. 1 on Billboard's Mexican regional chart for the last five weeks and in the Top 10 on the overall Latin chart. Another performer would celebrate having the biggest hit in his genre by featuring the song prominently in concert. At Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday night, Fernandez tossed off his latest hit mid-concert, with no comment and to no special applause. For Fernandez, what can one more hit matter?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1995 | JAMES E. FOWLER
Singer Vicente Fernandez will perform three nights at the Universal Amphitheatre this weekend. Fernandez is famous for singing rancheras, a Mexican-ballad style roughly akin to country music that celebrates the unpretentiousness, warmth and dignity of common working people. Since 1968, Fernandez has become an international star with numerous gold and platinum records. His most recent album is "Aunque Me Duela el Alma" on Sony Records.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1993 | ENRIQUE LOPETEGUI
Vicente Fernandez put another jewel in his long-held crown of mariachi king at the Universal Amphitheatre on Saturday, and his talented son Alejandro showed that he's the logical inheritor of his father's legacy. The concert, the first of two nights at the Amphitheatre, was fast-paced and engaging.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
A playful paean to a movie genre and a prolific career, Ernest Borgnine's valedictory feature is a spaghetti western with a heavy helping of cheese. "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" won't be more than a footnote to his life's work, but it is evidence that even at 94, and even in flat surroundings, the late actor possessed undeniable screen magnetism. As with Will Ferrell's "Casa de Mi Padre" this year, the wonderfully spoofy opening-credits sequence promises more genre subversion than the film delivers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
Fans of Vicente Fernández had reason for concern when the ailing Mexican pop idol canceled the remainder of his current "Gira de Adios" (Goodbye Tour) of North America, including dates in L.A. at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Nov. 9, 10 and 11 and at Staples Center on Nov. 29. The 71-year-old singer announced he would need to have surgery to remove a growth on his liver. Fernández's followers can perhaps breathe easier now. Mexican newspapers are reporting that the singer's pop-star progeny, Alejandro Fernández, says his father is "free of cancer" after receiving the results of a medical procedure performed some days ago. However, Alejandro Fernández cautioned that his father would need to be tested again to confirm the results while continuing to recuperate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
Vicente Fernandez's latest hit, "Estos Celos," has been No. 1 on Billboard's Mexican regional chart for the last five weeks and in the Top 10 on the overall Latin chart. Another performer would celebrate having the biggest hit in his genre by featuring the song prominently in concert. At Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday night, Fernandez tossed off his latest hit mid-concert, with no comment and to no special applause. For Fernandez, what can one more hit matter?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2006 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez is as reliable as the seasons. The mariachi star returns to Los Angeles each fall, and fans faithfully flock to see him as they did Friday for the start of a seven-night engagement at the Gibson Amphitheatre, his longest run in 20 years at the venue. Every year, his show is the same.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2005 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The first time I saw mariachi singer Vicente Fernandez perform, I was new to Los Angeles and not long out of college. It was the late '70s at the Million Dollar Theater on Broadway. Almost three decades later, Fernandez, 65, is still going strong, like the Rolling Stones of ranchera music.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The danger of doing a father and son act lurks in the inevitable side-by-side comparison such a show invites. The audience is bound to size up the chip and the old block: Can the kid measure up? Does the old man still have it? And so it was Friday during the spirited marathon of a concert by Vicente Fernandez, at 61 still the unrivaled master of the mariachi, and his 30-year-old son, Alejandro, a successful singer in his own right.
NEWS
September 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A group of alleged kidnappers arrested over the weekend is being linked by prosecutors to a cocky, well-armed mafia accused of some of Mexico's most spectacular abductions. Eight people were arrested Sunday in the central Pacific coast state of Nayarit. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, Jesus Cervantes, said they were part of a larger organization. "The gang has approximately 80 members but [is] divided in organizations in which only the leaders know one another," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE
After starting out with a harsh, warbling vibrato, Vicente Fernandez quickly put his powerful tenor aright Friday evening to prove why he's still the king of rancheras , a Mexican ballad style roughly akin to country music. But to say that Fernandez sang well in the first of his two evenings at Anaheim's Celebrity Theatre isn't enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2001 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Have you had your fill yet?" asked ranchera king Vicente Fernandez well into the fourth hour of Palenque Musical 2001, an excellent festival of Mexican music organized by radio station KSCA-FM (101.9) on Saturday at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. And when the capacity audience stood up begging for another serving of Fernandez's classics, the singer smiled proudly and told his mariachi band: "Let's continue, muchachos."
NEWS
September 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A group of alleged kidnappers arrested over the weekend is being linked by prosecutors to a cocky, well-armed mafia accused of some of Mexico's most spectacular abductions. Eight people were arrested Sunday in the central Pacific coast state of Nayarit. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, Jesus Cervantes, said they were part of a larger organization. "The gang has approximately 80 members but [is] divided in organizations in which only the leaders know one another," he said.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|