La Mafia strayed from its blueprint in its last few albums.
“We fight it,” Lichtenberger said. “Artists go through this all the time. We think, ‘That was our hit, that was the type of music we did, but now we want to do something new,’ but we’ve already accepted that some of the La Mafia style is set in stone. That’s us, and no one else sounds like us. And we’re proud of that.”
Along with De la Rosa and Lichtenberger, guitarist Tim Ruiz, bass player Rudy Martinez, drummer Joe Gonzales and keyboardist David de la Garza make up La Mafia. Founding member Leonard Gonzales left the group in 1999.
With the new album and a full concert schedule, La Mafia is officially back.
The group is preparing to mark an important milestone in 2005 — 25 years in the music business.
In that time, La Mafia has recorded more than 400 songs, earned six No. 1 albums and singles on Billboard and won two Grammys. The group won over millions of fans with unforgettable songs like, “Un Millón de Rosas,” “Estás Tocando Fuego,” “Tu, Tu y Solo Tu,” and “Ahora y Siempre.”
That history is La Mafia’s toughest opponent.
“Three decades,” Lichtenberger said. “We have our own history to compete with. We know where we’ve been and we know where we can go.”
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