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CHIRP Radio 107.1FM looks forward to welcoming the legendary Os Mutantes to Lincoln Hall on Friday, March 10th!
Os Mutantes (“The Mutants”) are an influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band that were part of the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s. When Os Mutantes was formed, it combined influences from psychedelic acts from the English-speaking world like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly & the Family Stone with bossa nova, samba and the cultural legacy of the Brazilian art vanguards from the modernist movement.
One of the most well-known and influential rock bands in Brazil, Os Mutantes are cited as a major influence to many contemporary underground or independent bands in the United States and Europe. Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in 1993, writing a letter to Arnaldo Baptista, but the band's first live performance since 1978 was at London’s Barbican Arts Centre on May 22, 2006 – followed by American shows, including an appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. However in September 2007, both Arnaldo Baptista and Zélia Duncan left the band, each expressing wishes to continue with their respective solo projects.
Sérgio Dias, however, vowed to keep the reformed band alive, not wanting to let “the giant sleep again”, as he put it. And in September 2009, the band delivered their first new release in 35 years, Haih Or Amortecedor (ANTI- Records).