Photo: Mana in Puerto Rico
Mexican rock band Mana returned to Puerto Rico for a big concert featuring most of its all-time hits, after being away for more than a year following the launch of its world tour “Drama y Luz” (Drama and Light) on the same Caribbean island.
The group, led by singer Fernando “Fher” Olvera, drummer Alejandro Gonzalez, guitarist Sergio Vallin, and Juan Calleros on bass, kicked off Friday night’s concert with “Oye Mi Amor” (Listen My Love), one of the top hits of their more than 20-year career.
“Good evening, Puerto Rico. We’re really glad to be back. We missed you like crazy. Last night we had the greatest time,” were Fher’s words of greeting to the crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Jose M. Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan.
The band, which this year won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album for “Drama y Luz,” followed up with “Dejame Entrar” (Let Me In) and “De Pies a Cabeza” (From Head to Toe), the theme song of a like-named telenovela.
The 52-year-old vocalist went on with the show singing “Lluvia al Corazon” (Rain on My Heart), the first number he sang from his latest disc “Drama y Luz.”
The Mexican quartet continued the evening with “El Dragon” and “Vuela Libre Paloma” (Fly Free, Dove), which Fher decidated to his mother, Rosario Sierra, who died March 10, 2010.
Bad news about his family continued to dog Fher in 2010 when on April 25, a month after he lost his mother, his sister Rosario Olvera Sierra passed away. Both deaths were from cancer.
Mana continued with a threesome of resentfully romantic songs - “Amor Clandestino” (Concealed Love), “El Verdadero Amor Perdona” (True Love Pardons) and “Mariposa Traicionera” (Traitorous Butterfly), until the rock group segued to an instrumental number.
The show proceeded with “Manda Una Señal” (Send a Sign), after which drummer Alejandro Gonzalez displayed his talent with the “Latinoamerica” composition from the new disc.
The Mexican group wound up the concert with “Clavado en un Bar” (Stuck in a Bar), “Rayando el Sol” (Close to the Sun), “Corazon Espinado” (Thorny Heart) and “Labios Compartidos” (Shared Lips).
After Friday’s concert in San Juan, the Mexican rockers’ next stops are two cities in California, performing Sept. 13 in the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield and the next day at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Then it will be onward to Las Vegas, Ontario and Arizona to finally finalize the tour with a pair of concerts at the Mexico City Sports Palace in early October.