By Juana Lopez
Two great artists and one fantastic show: most definitely the perfect way to start the weekend.
Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305, and Enrique Iglesias continued their tour on Friday in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center, and were joined by a special guest.
The concert was held to a sold-out venue and the anticipation for the party did not fall short.
Reggae artist Hector El Padre opened the show at 8:30 p.m., and after much anticipation, Iglesias came out to start the show followed by Pitbull.
The show ended with a duo performance of their song, “I Like It.”
Pitbull was the life of the party and brought everyone to their feet. He did a very good job of keeping everyone engaged, making it easy for the audience to participate in singing along.
Perhaps the best part of the concert was when singer Ne-Yo made a guest appearance. When Pitbull brought him on stage to finish off his last solo performance, the crowd went wild.
The array of lights in the whole arena was also notable, especially during Pitbull’s performance. When he sang the word “fuego,” Spanish for fire, he made sure to put some literal sense into the lyric.
Ptibull always sings about all the beautiful women around the world, and he seems to bring those girls with him on tour. His backup dancers brought personality and liveliness to his entire performance.
Iglesias’s performance was a mix between upbeat and heartwarming songs. When he sang his more get-up-and-go songs, everyone was on their feet. But when he sang his mellow songs, the whole audience moved in a synchronized pattern, lighting up their phones and singing along.
At one point during his performance, Iglesias connected to his audience by selecting a random man from the audience to go on stage with him and sing. Iglesias’s song of choice was “Stand by Me,” because he said that was the song that helped him get through moving to America at age eight and his parents’ divorce.
The biggest downside to the show was the fact that audience members had a lot of waiting to do: first for the stage to be set to bring Iglesias out, and then for Pitbull during the second half of the show.
Also, the DJ that was playing in between breaks was not the best ” he and his song selection could have been more exciting. But like anything in life, waiting is usually the hardest part.
If given the opportunity, I would definitely go to this concert again. I had purchased the tickets in May as a Mother’s Day present for my mom, and the concert surely made for the perfect Mother’s Day gift in October. My mom never dances or sings in public, but the concert was so enjoyable that it made her step out of her comfort zone.
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