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    Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:08:38

    Visa Problems Force Rodrigo y Gabriela to Cancel Shows - Name confusion leads to Rodrigo being barred from entering U.S.

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    Mexican-bred, Irish-dwelling duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have been forced to cancel a series of shows in the U.S.—including an appearance at South by Southwest—after Rodrigo Sanchez was unable to secure a work visa for entering the States. Mistaken identity is apparently the culprit; U.S. officials needed to verify that Sanchez was not a suspected criminal who bears a similar name.

    "The timing is pretty rough," admits Chris Tetzeli at ATO, the band's label. "Rodrigo had nothing on his file. He's absolutely clean. It's just this name confusion."

    Rodrigo y Gabriela are known for putting a traditional Latin spin on heavy metal riffs. Their latest album, an eponymous release from 2006, features covers of Metallica and Led Zeppelin tunes.

    --the ARTISTdirect Staff
    03.16.07



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