Zapato 3 on La Ultima Cruzada Tour: "It's a Great Environment to Rock and Roll"
Photo by Roberto Flores Photography Rock hard with the dudes of Zapato 3 at Grand Central.
The year was 1990.
Styx had announced they were reuniting, recording a new album, and going on tour for the first time in seven years, ditching guitar legend Tommy Shaw because of his commitment with Damn Yankees, and Depeche Mode had just released Violator, the band's first album to sell a million copies in the U.S.
The start of the decade also marked the year Zapato 3 created sound waves that reverberated across Venezuela and Latin America.
"I don't know how the band became very popular," admits lead singer Carlos Segura. "We don't know. Venezuela is a Caribbean country, so salsa and all Latin music is welcomed. In the middle of that environment, we were playing hard rock, like Anglo music, but in Spanish."
Maybe the story behind their name is what destined the humble artists to greatness.
"A journalist once asked the Beatles, 'Why do you call yourselves the Beatles?' and they said, 'I don't know, we could have been called shoe or table.' We saw the interview, were [originally] three guys, and thought, We can take the shoe," laughs Segura.
And that's how Zapato 3, who'll be stealing the stage at Grand Central for La Ultima Cruzada tour, or the Last Crusade, was born.
Over the course of the band's career, it went through several changes in membership, played with some of South and Central America's most famous groups like Soda Stereo, released a number of albums, and sold out stadium-sized concerts.
ut the music came to an abrupt halt in 1999 when Hugo Chávez was elected president of Venezuela and Segura, his brother and guitarist Álvaro, and Zapato's bass player fled the country.
"In the middle of the rush, we left the country and we left for good," recalls Segura. "It was one day to next ... We came here to the States."