Saturday Night: Maná At Toyota Center

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The rest of the band made their way to the other end of the arena, where a smaller stage was erected. Fher and his guitarist Sergio led the crowd in singing the popular cantina song "Se Me Olvido Otra Ves," written by the prolific Mexican composer/songwriter Juan Gabriel. For the next ballad, a beautiful young lady named Selena, from Matamoros, was chosen to be Fher's object of affection for "Vivir Sin Aire." Maná closed this mini-love set with Marco Antonio Solis "Si No Te Hubieras Ido."

After returning to the main stage, Fher changed into a Mexico soccer jersey and reminded the crowd of the U.S. team's recent 4-2 loss to "El Tri" in the Gold Cup Final. He then began to wave a large Mexican flag, thanking everyone for the support throughout the years.

"Clavado En Un Bar" continued the energy as he ran across the stage with the microphone and pleaded the crowd to yell and sing as loud as possible, saying, "Gracias a todos, son de puta madre!"

Don't you just love how saying "thank you" in Spanish can be done with insults and swear words? The night ended with "Labios Compartidos" and "En El Muelle De San Blas."

¡Viva Mexico, cabrónes! ¡Viva Latino America! ¡Viva Maná!

Personal Bias: Soy Mexicano, y que?

The Crowd: Brown & beautiful.

Overheard In the Crowd: Every single lyric of every song.

Random Notebook Dump: I saw Maná for the first time in 1999 when they co-headlined two shows in The Woodlands with Carlos Santana. Ozomatli was the opener; talk about the best concert lineup ever!


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