The temperature climbs above thirty degrees but the pact of Ricky Martin with the Argentine public goes well beyond climate issues. And his new bet is well worth the risk of suffering the pressing heat: the idea of mixing his popular music with a live orchestra is, at the very least, an invitation to listen. Because the Puerto Rican singer always comes back and this time he did it accompanied by more than 50 musicians led by the maestro Ezequiel Silbersteinthe same who commanded the November shows at the Movistar Arena.
A few hours before, the buses approach the Vélez stadium on Juan B. Justo street, full of enthusiasm and songs. There is no football day but the streets are impassable. A roundup of people, mostly women, advances in a good mood despite the fact that it is suffocating. “Olé, olé, olé, olé, Ricky, Ricky”, is heard in the background as a prelude to what is to come. Because we know, as symphonic as the show is, in the shows of the Puerto Rican artist, the real duo forms it with the public who sings aloud each of their songs.
“Hat, shirt and headband”, they shout trying to convince the street vendors. “Look how beautiful this little wreath of flowers and lights is, thousand pesos”, proposes a lady near the field. It’s successful, merchandising is also another essential classic.
Some complications during admission delayed the start of the show but at 9:30 p.m. the machine was finally started and for an hour and a half without cuts or cracks a series of hits began. “Symphonic Ricky Martín” could be read on stage, sober, in a precise and impressive staging that accompanied each measure. And then yes, in impeccable black, with a shirt with a neck knot that did not last long and sensual dances, the artist burst in to do what he does best: sing and seduce. And the deafening cries of his fans marked that everything remains the same. Everything is so good.
Pegate there You will come back they passed continuously and their arms in prayer, thanking the unconditional affection. then sang thanks for thinking of me and said the first words of the night: “Good night, Buenos Aires, how are you?” The nights are always magical in Buenos Aires, at the Vélez stadium”.
“I always take their smiles, their looks, their love, their passion, their dedication with me, that’s what I bring home, and that’s why I come back again and again. A sincere, magical and addictive love Tonight I give you a lot of emotions, joy, sadness, a lot of honesty, a lot of sincerity. I deliver a little art because I am surrounded by great musicians, with Argentinian talent. Thank you very much for your art , for your magic, for your music”, he said visibly moved and launched the invitation: “I want to dance, I want to sing, are you ready?”
The bomb It rocked the night and was the perfect excuse to see him move onstage, proving that “ripe fruit tastes better” and passing through five decades hasn’t made a difference. On this tour that took him through several Latin American countries and large stadiums in different cities of Argentina in a few days, he will move almost without fuss during the hour and a half of the show.
But the calm comes, the ballads and the adagio, in a string of prostitutes of the past which made some tears flow with emotion, especially among the oldest followers, those who in the 90s were teenagers and cried love with their background music. “I love you, Ricky,” was heard in the few moments of silence, in which the orchestra took on a little more prominence. Posters and flags with proposals of all kinds were also part of the popular folklore worthy of each of their presentations as they sounded with your name, Flight, Love of my life, I miss you, I forget you, I love you and the fire at night, the snow by day and another moment of communion, when the singer touched his skin showing that he had also been moved.
To make room for one of your favorites, Subjects in progress, a subject that although he was not the author, he captured as his own as it perfectly details his moods at different times in his life. It’s time to change into a costume and have some more fun with the orchestra, complete with a trumpet and guitar solo, only to see him emerge later in beige pants and a white shirt. One more Franciscan look, full of strolls, tunics and puffy waists, leaving behind the leather and sequins that accompanied it in previous years and marked its style.
Con The Cup of Life took the opportunity to celebrate the national team with background images of plays, Lionel Messi dribbling and some saves from Dibu Martinez. And the whole stadium singing in chorus for the World Cup won at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar while a drone flew overhead, perhaps preparing audiovisual material that remains the record of a historic night.
He plays with a towel with which he dries the sweat and throws it to the public, forms a heart with his hands and beats his chest after singing his last song, your memory and everything indicates that with these movements the end has come. There’s no shouting worth it, he won’t be coming out to do encores but the job is already done and the happy faces strewn around indicate it was a great show. That it was worth the cost of the tickets, the wait, the walk to the stadium and even the long trip for the reunion. On Saturday, the party will continue at the Autodromo de Rosario.
30 years have passed since his first show as a soloist in Argentina and the magic is still intact. The romance with the public not only does not undergo the erosion of the passage of time but, with each show, renews the votes. The oath was “forever” and so it will be, as one of his greatest hits puts it: don’t look for an explanation, ours is pure love. See you soon.