Great Guitar Music Comes to Radio City

April 27th, 2010

When Rodrigo Sanchez (lead guitar) and Gabriela Quintero (rhythm guitar) met as teenagers in Mexico City, they discovered a mutual musical taste and formed the thrash-metal band Tierra Acida. When that ultimately didn’t pan out (they recorded music that was never released), the duo began to learn different guitar styles. Finding the Americas stifling, they set out for Europe, landing in Dublin, where Rodrigo y Gabriela honed their fast and lively acoustic sound (incorporating some Zeppelin and Metallica along the way) in pubs and on streets. Then one-time busker Damien Rice asked them to tour with him and things eventually took off. Their most recent album, 11:11, came out last year, and Rodrigo y Gabriela continue to tour, which is what brings them to Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. You should bring yourself.

(Check out Rodrigo y Gabriela performing “Hanuman” on Lopez Tonight, above, and “Stairway to Heaven,” below.)