Mexico - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 11 - 09/16/97
Live at Caesar's Palace Sept. 12th 1997
International superstar Luis Miguel began his world tour in support of his
recently released album Romances (WEA Latina) on Friday Sept. 12th,
at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The sold out crowd (which included Oscar De La Hoya and
Jon Secada among others!) was overjoyed when their idol appeared onstage at
approximately 9:30 PM, a half hour behind schedule. As the lights dimmed,
the fans screamed, and the screams became even louder when the multi-Grammy
winner appeared onstage, dressed in a pinstriped black suit, white shirt and
red tie. He grinned, and began singing, and barely stopped for the next two
and a half hours. The crowd was treated to the best of the best from one of
the best around, Luis Miguel.
Opening the show with the upbeat Si Te Vas, from his Grammy award winning
album Nada Es Igual, Luis (known to his friends and fans simply as "Micky")
quickly pulled the crowd in with his deep sultry baritone. He continued with
a ballad, Que Tu Te Vas, (also from Nada Es Igual) and then picked up the
pace again with a classic from Busca Una Mujer - Un Hombre Busca Una Mujer,
as well as Cuestion De Piel and Oro de Ley from 10 Anos.
Once the crowd was cheering for more, Micky welcomed them all, in Spanish,
and then in English as well. He then went on to apologize to those who only
speak English, saying simply "Sorry, but the concert is all in Spanish!".
Everyone laughed, and he continued in Spanish, explaining that the next
medley was composed of songs composed by one of his trusted friends and
producers, Juan Carlos Calderon. He invited the crowd to sing along, which
of course they did, to songs including Yo Que No Vivo Sin Ti, Amante Del
Amor, Mas Alla, La Incondicional, and many more. Since most of these
songs are ballads and are classics of his as well, the crowd sang so loud
that at times it was difficult to hear his voice.
Micky followed this extensive medley with the upbeat Todo Por Su Amor, also
from his recent album Nada Es Igual and then continued with Tu Y Yo, from
the Grammy award winning album Aries. At the end of this tune, during a
saxophone solo, Micky left the stage and returned in a black tuxedo jacket
and cumberbund, and introduced another part of his show. He was joined on
stage by a group of instrumentalists who accompanied him for a long set of
boleros, including several songs from the recently released Romances (Voy A
Apagar La Luz/Contigo Aprendi, La Gloria Eres Tu, Sabor A Mi, among
others) as well as Somos Novios, Nosotros, and more from Segundo Romance
and Inolvidable, and No Se Tu, from Romance, the first in his bolero
album series. The bolero sequence was the only part of the show that ran a
little long, totalling 16 songs, and an hour of show time.
Micky followed the bolero segment with an upbeat Mariachi segment with
Mariachi 2000 joining him on stage for about 25 minutes of traditional
Mexican Mariachi songs, including La Media Vuelta, from Segundo Romance.
The crowd was drawn in again, and most were amazed at the energy level of
the performer and the pulse of the crowd.
After leaving the stage again for another change of clothes (this time into a
fluorescent orange shirt and black pants), Micky took to the stage to perform
Suena, the title song from The Hunchback of Notre Dame soundtrack, which
was a huge hit for him and for Walt Disney last summer, and can also be found
on his Nada Es Igual album. He followed this lovely ballad with Dame, and
Suave, two upbeat songs that got the entire crowd on their feet, continued
with Como Es Posible Que A Mi Lado, and encored with his usual standard
encores Sera Que No Me Amas, and Cuando Calienta El Sol.
The crowd was screaming for more during Cuando Caliente El Sol, and watched
in awe as balloons fell from the ceiling, and their hero ran off the stage at
the completion of the show. The cheering continued long after the curtain
fell, and Luis Miguel proved once again that a powerful voice and genuine
love for performing can create an energy palpable to crowds anywhere in the
world, whether or not they speak the language. He speaks the international
language of an artist who adores his craft, and his presence was felt long
after he exited the stage.
Additional concert dates for Luis Miguel are as follows:
- 9/18-9/21-- Los Angeles, CA
- 9/27 San Diego, CA
- 9/30 Dallas, TX
- 10/2-10/5 Monterrey, Mexico
- 10/9-10/12 Mexico City, Mexico
- 10/16-10/19 Mexico City, Mexico
- 10/23-10/26 Mexico City, Mexico
- 10/30-11/2 Mexico City, Mexico
- 11/7-11/9 Santiago, Chile
- 11/14-11/16 Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 11/19 Lima, Peru
- 11/23 Caracas, Venezuela
- 11/26 San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 11/28 Orlando Florida
Additional dates to be confirmed.
Copyright © 1997 Allison Winkler