What do you get when a Latino playboy from Spain joins forces with a Cuban party animal from Miami? The biggest fucking dance party that Houston has ever seen, that's what. The Euphoria Tour rolled into the Toyota Center last night and filled it with party anthems, lasers, confetti, and in Aftermath's case...temporary loss of hearing. That's the last time we forget our earplugs in our other camera bag.
First up to bat was Pitbull, who released his latest album Planet Pit back in June and has become one of music's top collaborators, charting several hits this summer with the help of Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, T-Pain, and David Guetta. He bounced to the stage with his signature suit, shades, and swagger. The energy he brings is contagious, and his cocky smile drives the ladies crazy. He offered up the fist-pumper "I Know You Want Me" that led to "Rain Over Me", before settling into a medley of hits from his debut album M.I.A.M.I.
Pit's music shuffles from hip-hop, to salsa, samba, and merengue with ease, touching both on his Latin roots and his hustler upbringing. He once claimed in an interview that he chose the name Pitbull because that dog breed is illegal in Dade County (FL), and when they bite down, they lock in. And he was certainly locked in on this night. He closed with his biggest hit to date, the anthemic "Give Me Everything (Tonight)."
After a short break, the lights dimmed once again for the headliner. A translucent white curtain was draped over the stage, and once it dropped, the party truly begun. Iglesias wasted no time by setting the mood with "Tonight (I'm Loving You)", going as far as to replace the word "loving" with "fucking," sending the sexy single ladies into a frenzy.
Aftermath was a bit puzzled with the amount of AutoTune the singer used in his opening numbers, but the crowd didn't seem to mind. He slowed down enough to the sing "Cuando Me Enamoro," the first single off of Euphoria. The song stars in Aftermath's Spotify "Latin Music" playlist, especially because Juan Luis Guerra can do no wrong in our book.
After taking a few minutes to chat with a nine-year-old kid onstage, Iglesias dropped a cover of "I Got A Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas, giving the night a New Year's Eve atmosphere with all the confetti cannons, lasers, and balloons that were unleashed into the crowd. Iglesias was determined to show everyone a good time, even the grumpiest of concert-goers. He disappeared for a few minutes, only to reappear at the back of the house behind the soundboard.
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The mini-stage gave those at the back a front row seat. Then... madness! He instructed his fans to jump the rail to get closer to him. We could almost hear the collective gasp from every security guard and usher in the building. He reassured security by saying "Just let them come down, it's ok." He pulled one lucky fan onstage with him and serenaded her with "Hero." Iglesias practically made love to the girl! He has definitely received some pointers from his father, Julio.
The night ended with a joint offering by Iglesias and Pitbull with "I Like It." The two danced and ran all over the stage to the shower of bras and panties, closing with a bang, giving the crowd everything (tonight), for all we know, we might not get tomorrow.
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Personal Bias: I'm a bit of a Latino heartthrob myself.
The Crowd: Sexy and they knew it.
Overheard In The Crowd: "I wish he would have played more of his old Spanish songs."
Random Notebook Dump: To the meathead wearing an Affliction shirt who threatened to kick my ass if I didn't get out of his way while taking photos: Having fun at a concert...you're doing it WRONG!