February 26, 2019
To some, performing inside the cavernous NRG Stadium is akin to performing on the moon. The stage is as large as a space craft, and the audience is seated way far away on the horizon. The performers are literally placed at the 50-yard line, trying to throw a Hail Mary with every song, hoping and praying for a miracle touchdown to win over the crowd.
Great performers take on this daunting task head on, not allowing the location to get the best of them. Last night at RodeoHouston, Bronx native and Latin Pop superstar Prince Royce owned the stage.
While most Rodeo acts stay hidden behind the microphone, Royce let loose, running all around the star shaped contraption and even climbing on the fences, kissing fans, serving them drinks, giving out roses to the ladies, and shaking hands with all his fans.
"This place is freaking huge!" he yelled in amazement as he took a breather from running around the venue. "Everything is definitely bigger in Texas!"
Royce also urged everyone to take a moment to appreciate their friends and family. He paused while the crowd hugged their loved ones, reminding them that life and love is precious, and should be cherished.
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The first set of songs included his Spanish cover of "Stand By Me" which was an early hit in his career, followed by the more contemporary track "Bubalu" with Anuel AA and Becky G.
Then, for the second night in a row, the Rodeo headliner performed a cover of Queen Selena Quintanilla. Royce slowed the tempo way down and sang "No Me Queda Mas" while illuminated by thousands of cell phone lights from the massive crowd.
Twenty four years ago to the day was when Selena last performed on the legendary Rodeo stage before her untimely death. It certainly is amazing how her music and charisma continues to make an impact on today's artists.
"Adicto", "Sensualidad", and "El Clavo" filled out the rest of the set list, followed by an encore of "Ven Conmigo" and "Darte Un Beso".
"Es un placer estar aqui!" he thanked the crowd, letting everyone know that he was so happy to be at RodeoHouston.
He left with a simple request for everyone in the audience, or more of a wish...
"Salud, carino, amor, y familia para todos ustedes!"
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(Health, sweetness, love, and family for all!)
Also... If Brooks and Dunn don't perform a country cover of "Baila Esta Cumbia" tonight, I'm going to be really disappointed!