The first concert review Brad ever contributed to the site was for Ricky Martin’s show back in October 2013. He had a ball back then, so we decided to send him along for a second round to see if he was equally as impressed.
Only this time, he got Delta Goodrem into the bargain.
Delta kept things straight to the point, delivering most of her hits in her allotted thirty minutes. Surprisingly though, this resulted in a largely muted response from the crowd.
She may have a killer back catalogue, but Delta’s laidback style is not the most natural complement to the non-stop energy of a Ricky Martin show. Still, her vocals were stronger than ever, which was particularly evident in her closing performance; a Latin-inspired version of her No. 1 hit ‘Not Me Not I’.
After a short break there was an explosion of white light, setting the mood for the nearly two-hour extravaganza that followed.
Ricky started the show with current hit ‘Mr. Put it Down’, supported by a crew of eight incredible dancers who really took the show to the next level. The choreography was a noticeable improvement from his last tour, and the stage was used to great effect. There were video vignettes, moving platforms and even a Mustang!
The latter was used for ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’, one of the night’s many standout performances. We also loved his rock versions of ‘She Bangs’ and ‘Come With Me’.
Proceedings did occasionally veer towards the pretentious though. For example, he did the Jesus pose at the end of ‘I Am Made of You’ (an album track from his self-titled English debut) whilst images played from The Ricky Martin Foundation. We appreciated the message, but the combination left a bit of a sour taste.
Things improved when he brought out his ‘The Voice’ friends Jackson Thomas and Delta Goodrem for the ballads section. Future ‘Voice’ applicants take note; if Ricky turns around for you, pick him as your coach; if he likes you, he’ll bring you out on tour!
Finally it was time for the Latin section, which brought the house down once again.
From the first strains of ‘Maria’, the entire arena was on its feet. They were treated to an almost-Zumba moment led by an enthusiastic Ricky shouting ‘This is Cardio! This is Carnival’!!
To be fair, we’d heard this exact same speech at the last concert (and one can presume he’s used it at many concerts before that) but it was as contagious this time as it was then.
When he wrapped things up with ‘The Cup of Life’ it was almost akin to Bieber-mania at its most manic.
Having now gone to two Ricky Martin shows, it’s clear that Ricky has a formula that works for him.
He shakes his bon bon, does the English hits everyone knows, shows us that he has the feels, and then gets the crowd dancing to Latin songs they have never heard.
Whilst we’re not sure we’d want to go to another show in two years, we can appreciate the good it does. Besides his plugging of the Ricky Martin Foundation, the ‘One World’ show was a hell of a lot of fun.
It was visually stimulating, energetic and a bit cheesy, but a good night out.
Ricky may not be reinventing the wheel but he sure knows how to work with what he’s got.
Ricky plays the Adelaide Entertainment Centre tonight and Perth Arena this Friday night.