Latino superstar Ricky Martin has just wrapped up his incredible Australian concert tour with a near sell-out show in Melbourne. Australian audiences rekindled their love for the affable star during his judging and mentoring role on the 2013 season of Channel 9’s hit TV show ‘The Voice’. So popular was he with viewers that he signed on to release new music with Sony (‘Come With Me’) and announced his first Australian concerts in years.
And with thanks to the fab team at Visa Entertainment, which offers Visa cardholders priority access to some of Australia’s best music, entertainment, sport and lifestyle events, we decided to crown our new reviewer Brad the Visa Entertainment VIP Reporter and send him along to live la vida loca for the night…
Opening act Timomatic worked it like he was the star rather than the opening act with a team of great dancers and a set list of up-tempo hits. His dancing was excellent, as expected really, but his vocals were also quite strong considering the moves he pulled off (Britney eat your heart out!).
The only weak point was the weird dance interlude where he mainly jumped around before running off to change jackets for ‘Set It Off’. The rest of the show went incredibly smoothly and Timomatic had the audience all ready to party for Mr.Martin.
Despite it being over ten years since he hit the big time, Ricky still knows how to shake his hips and make the girls swoon like it’s 1999 all over again. Of course this time, the girls have all brought their husbands and/or kids along with them.
Ricky and his team of eight dancers and a full band, including two percussionists and a horns section, gave the crowd an electric 90 minutes. He kept the staging simple and minimalistic, leaving the theatrics to the likes of Gaga and P!nk.
Nevertheless, from the get go it was back to back hits, performing his singles ‘Come With Me’, ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ and ‘She Bangs’ to a rapturous crowd. He even brought back his ‘The Voice’ finalists Luke Kennedy and Caterina Torres to sing duets with him during the obligatory ballads section. Luke in particularly seemed quite at home onstage and, with the right material, could become the first ‘Voice’ contestant to find lasting success after the show.
The concert really kicked into high gear during the Latin American section. Despite not performing any of his well known songs, Ricky had the crowd up on their feet the entire time chanting and swaying their hands wildly. He doesn’t need to be overly choreographed like many of today’s popstars… it all comes from his soul. It honestly did not matter that he was singing in Spanish; the vibe and the drums and the rhythm were…pure intoxication.
Simply put, Ricky is at his best when left to his own devices. By the time it got to ‘The Cup Of Life’ encore, even the men in the crowd were singing along happily. Most importantly, Ricky succeeded in creating an atmosphere that was just like his ‘Voice’ persona… There was a real sense of joy in the air!