Despite constant rumors that he’s dead or dying, Juan Gabriel is alive and well, and preparing to hit the road, and he hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
The 64-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter, whose real name is Alberto Aguilera Valadez, has released a humorous three-minute video in which he interviews himself to address news over the last few months that he had a bad case of pneumonia, which lead to the postponement of a major U.S. tour.
Appearing to have lost considerable weight, Gabriel resurfaced publicly on Friday by releasing the video, where he appears as Alberto Aguilera and the celebrity persona Juan Gabriel, answering in a cool and calm way. “How are you?” Aguilera asks. “I’m fine,” Gabriel replies. “Better.”
Gabriel goes on to say he’s ready to continue touring and mentions that he misses the mariachi, the musicians, the dancers and everyone on his tour.
At one point Aguilera says, “You look much thinner and look much better.” In a serene state, Gabriel responds with, “Did I worry you? Did I scare you? You got nervous … but you’re always with me. You love me, you cover me, you protect me, you hug me, you understand me, you accept me, you forgive me. Without you, I cannot live.”
Aguilera, holding a folding fan, thanks Gabriel for all he’s done as he sits next to a photo of the singer in his early years. At the end of the video, Aguilera then reads the upcoming tour dates. ”Lets go,” Gabriel says with a smile. Fade to black.
Here’s the list of Juan Gabriel’s upcoming U.S. tour dates:
Sept. 5: American Airlines Arena (Miami)
Sept. 7: Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.)
Sept. 12: SAP Center at San Jose (San Jose, Calif.)
Sept. 18: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles)
Sept. 20: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles)
Sept. 21: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles)
Sept. 26: Pepsi Center (Denver)
Sept. 28: Oracle Arena (Oakland, Calif.)