The unstoppable choir of the people: Thus the return of Zoé to the Palacio de los Deportes

Three nights sold out at the Palacio de los Deportes of Mexico City, it is something that is only signed by a band the size of Zoe. And it is not for nothing, they have become the most important group on the national scene for several years now, by far.

Yes, it is true that this is not the first time that Leon Larregui and company are presented in the renowned ‘copper dome’… But this must be the occasion that best defines where is the group in the history of the Mexican music industryeven beyond the rock scene or the most alternative wave.

Zoé at the Palacio de los Deportes. Photo: Stephania Carmona.

This return of Zoé to the Palace, as part of her album tour Karmatic resonance soundsis a good reminder of the tremendous legacy that they themselves have left and that has grown by leaps and bounds, especially since the time of Memo Rex Commander for here Many memorable hits and a host of diverse emotions, is what the band’s first night of three in a row in this space left us.

“The first time we played three times in a row at the Palace…”

From the first moment, it was already noticeable that characteristic ultra atmospheric setting that Zoé likes put both musical and audiovisual work on it. And without much dialogue in between to tell the truth, the band came out on stage to throw out the first notes of “Velur” followed by “Karmadame”two of the highlights of the recent album.

“Thank you very much, good night, we are happy to be here for the first of three concerts. It’s the first time we played three nights in a row at the Palacesaid León Larregui in one of his few but substantial interactions with the public. Even with that calm vibe that characterizes him, the vocalist was enthusiastic with every ‘thank you’ he throws at people after finishing his songs.

The unstoppable choir of the people: Zoé's great show at the Palacio de los Deportes
Sergio Acosta with Zoé at the Palacio de los Deportes. Photo: Stephania Carmona.

After “There is no evil that lasts”, the good vibes in the environment grew with “Last days” that makes everyone extend their arms up and from side to side. Total celebration in just a few songs from the repertoire.

But Zoé is also slow to get into the romantic-sad sensations. The trancazo came in that sense with “Blue”, song that makes you nostalgic even if you’re not going through the infamous lovesickness. Almost certainly many have thought that sadness was never something as cool as doing it at a concert like this.

The unstoppable choir of the people: Zoé's great show at the Palacio de los Deportes
León Larregui with Zoé at the Palacio de los Deportes. Photo: Stephania Carmona.

You can also read: What times! Let’s remember when Zoé played at the Tianguis Cultural del Chopo in 2002

The support of the people to the fullest for Zoé

As we said before, Zoé’s career is full of memorable hits. Practically, it is very difficult to find someone who does not know or who at least does not hum a song. Now, regarding this first show of three of the band at the Palacio de los Deportes, the unison choir that resounds in the room is remarkable.

At bleacher level, you roll like ”Nothing”, “Weekend” or ”10 AM” itself they were even heard at times more in the collective voice of the fans than from the stage audio. Willingly or unwillingly, Larregui let people raffle to the accompaniment of these near-perfect choirs.

A little more nostalgia and emotion? Oh yes… then it came “lullaby stars” that put us in that mood of pleasant melancholy, with everyone turning on the lamps of their cell phones to decorate the interior of the Palace along with the song. It’s one of those songs that can make a lump in your throat.especially in the understanding that it is a dedication to those who are no longer with us.

The avalanche of songs that we could already consider Zoé’s classics, continued with “Paula” and “Milky Way”, two of the most remembered jewels of that watershed that was the aforementioned Memo Rex Commander. And it’s fair to say, they were a couple of the most chanted songs of the night.

then there came “Broken lips”, which many of us have internalized through that magnificent version of Unplugged, which is basically the best-known version of the song. Well, for this version of their concerts -in case you haven’t heard it-, some more electronic arrangements are very interesting that give the song a very different weight live. Yes, it’s far from the acoustic charm of its well-known version, but it’s pretty good to tell the truth.

At this point, we must say that the scenery, the visuals and the production work on the stage in general, it’s quite outstanding. The psychedelic images that are suddenly projected are highly raffled, as well as the different graphics that are very much in keeping with each of the songs. Very, very raffled also that aspect.

“We are a family”

Once “SKR” was over, it was time for the final leg of the concert. An ambient sound full of mystique sounded for several minutes, which opened the way for “Fever“. And to remember a little more of that Unplugged from the early 2010s, we were able to listen to a version of “Moon” which works well live even when the voice of Denise Gutierrez (vocalist of Hello Seahorse!) seems like an irreplaceable ingredient.

The public again steals the choirs when they sound “Do not destroy me” and “I dreamed”another pair of inevitable classics for a great presentation in which León, again in a brief intervention to say goodbye, mentions that it’s nice to see new generations of fans in the audience.

“What a rich family… we are a family”says the vocalist. What song came to the close? Of course, it couldn’t be other than “Love” in a delivery more ‘guitarresque’ than in the studio version. There are two more nights to go in the copper dome, which will surely hear thousands of fans singing each of the songs that have made Zoé the most important band in Mexico in recent years.

Zoé’s setlist at the Palacio de los Deportes

  1. Velor
  2. kamadame
  3. There is no evil that lasts
  4. Last days
  5. Blue
  6. 10AM
  7. Any
  8. star lullaby
  9. Weekend
  10. The duel
  11. Lullaby for Mars
  12. Paula
  13. Milky Way
  14. Cop
  15. Ice
  16. Broken lips
  17. SKR
  18. Fever
  19. Moon
  20. Do not destroy me
  21. I dreamed
  22. Sees it

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The unstoppable choir of the people: Thus the return of Zoé to the Palacio de los Deportes