Southern California residents are getting ready to let the rhythm take them over as two of the hottest Latin musicians head to the area.
Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at Honda Center on Saturday and Staples Center on Thursday and Aug. 17 for what’s sure to be a memorable experience.
The tour kicked off July 14 in Montreal and now that they’re into the swing of things, Iglesias says, he’s feeling good about it.
“I like touring, I personally love it,” Iglesias said by phone between tour stops. “I still have to pinch myself sometimes, I still can’t believe I get paid to go on that stage because that’s one of the few times I have a lot of fun.”
The co-headliners put on very different shows, with Lopez accompanied by a crew of dancers and going through many wardrobe changes.
Iglesias will be singing songs from throughout his career but when asked to describe his set, he has a hard time explaining.
“The shows are very different. There’s a big contrast but that’s, to me, what makes it interesting and appealing from a fan’s perspective,” says Iglesias, who won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance in 1996.
“It’s two different styles of music and just two completely different shows and two different ways of making shows, of entertaining. But I feel that that’s what makes it fun. That’s what I think fans are appreciating. You really get two shows in one.”
Like many other artists do for their L.A. shows, Iglesias is working on getting some special guests to accompany him either at Honda Center or Staples Center. He says he has some things in the works and he hopes the scheduling will permit it to happen.
The element of surprise is what Iglesias says he enjoys with touring.
“My favorite thing of touring is always the unexpected. In my show a lot of things are not really planned at times,” he says.
“What I mean planned is if you bring someone up onstage or you never know what type of a crowd you’re gonna get, and my show goes a lot by the crowd and that creates nerves, but those good nerves. It makes every show feel, to me, new and not like the night before.”
To prepare for a show, Iglesias traditionally spends the last 30 minutes before going onstage in his dressing room alone, undisturbed, with no distractions. The time allows him to focus and concentrate, he says.
While he’s not looking forward to one venue in particular, he is looking forward to a particular audience since they create the vibe of the show.
So what is the ideal crowd?
“The ideal crowd is the crowd that goes to a show and for those two hours or three hours forgets about everything and is just there to have fun. Some crowds are better than others,” Iglesias says.
“Maybe because it’s Saturday night and they have more time off and they’re not as stressed out or maybe it’s a Monday night and it’s a stress reliever. It all depends. Maybe they’re a little more drunk, maybe they’re a little less drunk. It depends on so many things.”
So far, Iglesias says, the tour has been great, in particular, working with Lopez. The duo have known each other for years and came up with the idea of a joint tour together.
Since they are both Latin artists, they thought it would be good for their fan bases.
So who is the bigger diva on tour? Well, Iglesias says neither of them are very divalike but if he was a female, that probably wouldn’t be the case.
“It’s already tough for a guy to be on tour, but I think for girls it’s way, way tougher — hair, makeup, obviously wardrobe, it’s tough. I don’t know how women do it because I think it’s a lot more difficult and a lot more work,” Iglesias says. “At times you get one of these girls who wants to be a diva and wants to throw a tantrum, I would completely understand. If I was a girl and I was put in that place with so much to do, I would be throwing tantrums all day.”
But that’s not the case for Lopez, who seems to handle it all well. In fact, Iglesias describes her as nothing but professional.
“She always has a smile on. She has one of those just gifted personalities,” he says. “You could be in a bad mood and you talk to her and she just smiles and it puts you in a good mood. She’s a sweetheart.”
Though many artists who tour together pull pranks on one another, Iglesias says he’s refraining from doing that with Lopez. His pranks aren’t easy to put up with, he acknowledges, and he doesn’t want her mad at him.
If you don’t get to see Iglesias on tour this summer, maybe you’ll get to see him on TV. With Lopez and Steven Tyler out as judges on “American Idol,” Iglesias says he would be willing to give it a try.
“I don’t know. I love ‘American Idol,’ it’s the one music show that I’ve always watched. It’s a tough job,” Iglesias says. “I think Jennifer did an incredible job, I think a lot of fans are going to miss her on ‘American Idol.’ It could be cool. It could be fun to do. It would be a really tough gig but I would try it.”
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & JENNIFER LOPEZ TOUR
What: The Latin musicians co-headline the national tour, which will rock two Southern California stages.
When & Where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12at Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; :30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17 at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.
Tickets: $29.50 to $199.50 (Honda Center), $29.50 to $250 (Staples Center) through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
–Courtesy of HispanicBusiness.com