In 1995, Jaguares was formed out of the skeleton of Califanes, a Mexico City rock group. The name change was due to a dream had by lead singer Saul Hernandez, who dreamt that he was playing inside a Jaguar's mouth. Shortly after the name change, Jaguares took off in popularity, becoming one of Mexico's most loved rock bands. Their first album, El Equilibrio de los Jaguares, released in 1996 by RCA International, built a solid fan base in a time when it was difficult for Mexican rock bands to get airplay or venues to play in: the genre was frowned upon because of violence during the late '60s at Woodstock-like events. Their second release in 1999, a double album called Bajo de Azul de Tu Misterio, was put together by bandmembers Hernandez, Sabo Romo on bass, Cesar Lopez on guitar, Jarris Margalli on guitar, and Alfonso Andre on drums, as well as a number of supporting musicians including a string section. The album enjoyed remarkable commercial success and helped them fill stadium-sized venues in both Mexico and the U.S. An EP, Saul Hernandez, Compositor, arrived in 2000. ~ Stacia Proefrock

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