The pandemic has left Victor Manuel “unplugged and stressed out with boredom.” Now he entertains himself “with the flight of a fly” and cooking wild rice for Ana Belén, who then does not have dinner. But at 73 years old, the Asturian is about to take off with a tour, ‘Volver para cantarlo’, and with the reissue of his hits from the 70s.
– The 70s were very turbulent years.
– For me, of course. I had a lot of success at the beginning and then innumerable failures, because I became embroiled in things without commercial viability and in serious political conflicts.
– Does this era remind you of that?
– Maybe, but now everything is more about pose, about Twitter, about reheating the atmosphere very artificially, because then you go out and people do not seem to be as pissed off as the political class is. Now politicians are more light.
– But they give each other a lot of firewood.
– Yes, but facing the gallery. I have not believed it for a long time. Especially when you see them crush afterwards. Politics has less prestige and people vote with a stuffy nose. I’ve been voting like this since 1978, heh, heh … One day I told one of Podemos. But what the hell are you saying about the ’78 generation? I used to vote with a stuffy nose then as I vote for you now with a stuffy nose.
– Do you return to the stage because your body or your pocket asks you to?
– The body. I would like to reach 94 years of Aznavour with that nerve and that desire to stand on stage.
– Are you already immunized?
– Yeah, both from Pfizer. I was counting the days, it was a liberation. I have felt very exhausted. I like to travel and that lack of freedom I have noticed a lot. I guess other people miss the reeds or I don’t know.
– Are you thinking of Ayuso?
– She made it very clear, said how could she not sacrifice 1% of deaths for the economy. Nobody gave importance to that outrage and from there he has been pulling miles. I am not one of canes or bars. And I have recovered a song that I had not sung for 40 years: ‘Your name is pronounced in only one way’. Talk about what I understand by freedom. Because freedom in the abstract is bullshit. And you feel that suddenly that word is stolen from you.
– Over the years you lose rebellion?
– I dose better, but the hot flashes keep coming to me the same way. Every day when you open the newspaper, you find a cause for dread.
– Vox’s letter against communism?
– Everything smells like mothballs. When they refer to the Venezuelan dictatorship or Bolshevism, I don’t think they know what they are talking about.
– Can we not seem old to you?
– Podemos is older than shitting in the field. They die before being born, and that is the screw up because I do believe that it is a necessary instrument to balance the left. But all force has gone in useless gestures. Many times when Pablo Iglesias spoke, everything went to shit. It is infinitely better out of government.
– Do pardons also outrage you?
– No, on the contrary. I want those who are against them to explain the other possibilities to me.
– Felipe González, for example.
– Yes, when they leave power they all become very smart and very imaginative. They criticize the pardons but nobody says how to get out of that stocks. There is nothing more distant in my way of understanding life and politics than the Catalan independentists. But you have to try to fix things.
– In 1999 he told me that the bable thing was an invented problem. Then in 2008 he asked for official status. They were?
– I joined that request because it seems to me that there has to be an outlet for a request that a number of people make. You can’t spend twenty years like this, procrastinating. But I still think that it is an invented problem and that there has never been a true social demand for the bable to be official in schools and co-official in administration.
– One of their concerts includes a gastronomic experience. Then do not complain if they consider you to be ‘caviar left’.
– Heh, heh … No, the recipe he gave at that concert was for potatoes for importance. And there cannot be a poorer meal.