Over the weekend, thousands of people flocked to the Oracle Arena in Oakland, where heartthrobs Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull performed as part of a joint tour.
The two artists visit the Bay Area frequently; with similar fan bases and several collaborations under their belt, they appear to have found the perfect formula to ensure the longevity of their careers.
At the Oracle on Saturday night, adoring fans sang along to their extensive discography, while admiring Pitbull’s gorgeous dancers and their perfectly synchronized dance moves.
Iglesias took the stage first, and he made sure to let Oakland fans know that they hold a special place in his heart. His
very first visit to Oakland was back in 1997 at the now-closed Henry J. Convention Center.
His setlist shuffled between his English and Spanish hits: “Freak,” “Subele a la radio,” “Bailamos,” “I Like How It Feels.”
The most memorable moment of his performance was when he brought a lucky fan onstage — a tradition of his for several years now. He ran from the main stage to a smaller one on the other side of arena, where he called out a fan named Aloha. (Her excitement to be next to the singer was palpable.) When Iglesias asked who she was there with, she replied, “my husband.”
“Aloha’s husband, for the next three minutes, your wife and I are going to date,” the singer joked. Iglesias then proceeded to serenade her and take a shot of rum with her.
His encore consisted of four songs: “Hero,” “El Perdón,” “Bailando,” and “I Like It.”
The wait between Iglesias and Pitbull’s set was rather long — more than 40 minutes — and the Cuban-American singer did not take the stage until 10:30 p.m. Thankfully, DJ Magic Matt of local radio station WILD 94.9 provided a much-needed musical set to entertain the crowd.
"Mr. Worldwide," as Pitbull famously calls himself, is an entertainer to the full extent of the word. Since his days as a local freestyler roaming the streets of Miami, Pitbull has released four mixtapes and ten studio albums, with Climate Change
being the latest.
Joining him onstage was a full band with percussionists and, of course, his six female dancers, Las Mas Malas (The Most Bad Ones).
Pitbull got political right from the start: “We all bleed the same blood and breathe the same air,” he told the cheering crowd. “The universal language that brings everyone together is music.”
Pitbull swayed to some of his best songs: “Don’t Stop This Party,” “Timber,” “Fireball,” “Hotel Room Service.” He also performed a medley of some of his early recordings back when he was simply Mr. 305, including “Culo.”
His political talk continued throughout much of his set, and at one point he even took a jab at Trump: “We got a president who can’t speak but tweets a whole lot,” Pitbull told the crowd. “He claims he doesn’t want immigrants, but his wife is an immigrant.” A loud cheer from the audience followed.
While the Oakland show was supposed to mark the end of the tour, an additional six dates have been added. Their tour will conclude in Austin, Tex., on Nov. 22.