On Friday, August 3, two music superstars, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez put on very different but equally as impressive shows at Chicago’s United Center.
Mexican-born singer Frankie J, a member of the Kumbia Kings before going solo in 2003, did a fantastic job of getting the crowd excited. Dressed in a dapper gray suit, the 36-year-old singer showed off the soulful voice I swooned over in high school. He ended his set with 2005’s Billboard Hot 100 hit “Obsession (No Es Amor)”.
As the stage crew reset the stage, those empty seats began to fill steadily and a large screen on stage displayed a simple “ei” which alone sent the decibel level up to near deafening levels for a few seconds.
After a few more minutes, the screen that had been at center stage began to rise and the crowd went what can only be described as “completely nuts” as Enrique appeared from behind it. As it rose above the stage, Enrique grabbed onto the bottom of the sign and lifted off the ground.
Just as he drops down the energetic music begins and the blissful abuse of my eardrums begins, as the fans will not be anything close to silent for his entire set. He is clearly a performer and honestly gave nothing short of an amazing show.
The large screens at the back of the stage blinked the words “ARE YOU READY?” over and over again and the crowd grew louder and louder in anticipation.
Opening his set with “Tonight I’m F*cking You” and shooting smoke straight up into the air, the energy is almost overwhelming. As the cameras pan around to the audience, it’s clear this is not just a crowd of women and the men are going crazy, jumping around and singing along.
Now, let me be real for a second here. Impartiality thrown out the window, I had no idea I was going to be excited the moment he took the stage, but that unexpected excitement could have sent me flying around the United Center for the next hour.
The Spanish singer’s 10+ song set was not just an accompaniment to a huge production, though the tower of screens behind the band, used for both he and JLo, were displaying nifty graphics throughout. His performance was all about singing to his fans and making new ones like yours truly. He often climbed off the stage, to not only take photos with fans with their own phones and cameras, but even pulling out his own to capture the moments as well.
Probably the most touching moment throughout his time on stage was when he and his band pulled up stools and he pulled two fans onto stage from the crowd to sit next to him. The fans, Alex and David, were understandably nervous, but what happened next was both touching and hilarious. After doing shots with Enrique, the guys were asked if they sang. Alex then began singing “Stand By Me” alongside Enrique before being given the microphone to sing alone. At first he sang in his seat, but Alex quickly took off down the runway section of the stage, Enrique holding up a phone, capturing the performance as if he was the fan, with a big smile on his face.
Enrique’s only wardrobe change was simply changing from a black t-shirt to a white one, his signature jeans, hat and boots remaining the same.
When he takes on Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” canons shoot massive amounts of confetti over the crowd.
He ends his set with two things, a female scream-inducing performance of “Hero”, during which he brought a female fan on stage to slow dance (and grab some Enrique read-end as he kissed her numerous times), and another version of “Tonight I’m F*cking You”.
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