Mana Chill With Bono

Latin rockers document globetrotting with new DVD

November 17, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Mexican rockers Mana's Acceso Total -- Giro Mundial DVD spans a year plus of touring, globetrotting and flesh-pressing that included stops in Europe, South America and the U.S. and time spent with Bono, Santana and Salma Hayek.

"We hung out with Bono in Italy," says Mana drummer Alex Gonzalez. "We gave him one of the best tequilas from Guadalajara. We stood there drinking tequila for about an hour, talking politics, human rights and the environment. And we talked about maybe having him guest on our next album, like we did last time with Carlos Santana."

Filmed while touring in support of 2002's Revolucion de Amor, the DVD includes live performances, backstage footage and film shot by the multi-million-selling Grammy-winning band. "The twelve songs were all recorded live in different parts of the world," says Gonzalez. "For example, the song 'Angel de Amor' is the opening track and the idea was to edit four or five different concerts, from different parts of the tour, in different parts of the world together for that same song. And we did that with each song. We have L.A., Madrid, Buenos Aires and Miami all thrown into one show. We have different clothes, long hair, short hair . . ."

Mana are longtime champions of the environment through their Selva Negra foundation, and the DVD includes footage of them being honored as goodwill ambassadors at the United Nations. They donated a dollar from every ticket sold on their last U.S. tour to Selva Negra, raising $185,633. "We've tried to follow in the footsteps of the guys who have inspired us, like John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Bono," says Gonzalez. "Not only musically, but the way they've tackled worldwide issues. And we wanted to do something like that for Mexico and Latin America. We want to educate and inspire people and make them aware of what's going on."

Mana will launch the DVD with a premiere event on Thursday in Los Angeles, featuring a pair of screenings and a Q&A with the band. "We've always been sort of a reserved band," says Gonzalez. "We've let the music do the talking. Coming out with this DVD, is showing fans another side of Mana they didn't imagine. The images say more than words, in a humble way, it's us saying, 'Look at what we did over the last year and a half.'"

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