Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and CNCO are the perfect aphrodisiacs. Their Oct. 27 show at The Forum, in Los Angeles, brought on plenty of cheering and dancing in the aisles – even in between sets. With multiple sold-out shows, this is the second leg of the tour for Iglesias and Pitbull, which started for the pair back in June. The night provided every fan experience you could ever want from the entertainers and certainly had everyone feeling the moment.
Friday evening’s outstanding performances came after a big week for each of the acts. CNCO, the boy band who became known after appearing in Univisión's musical competition, “La Banda,” took home numerous trophies at the Latin American Music Awards. The group is also up for Best New Artist at next month’s Latin GRAMMY Awards and if what we’ve seen so far is any indicator, “CNCOwners” may have yet another reason to celebrate.
Also on full display at the Latin American Music Awards were co-headliners, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull. Iglesias won Artist of the Year and presented his longtime friend and collaborator, Pitbull, with the first-ever Latin AMA Dick Clark Achievement Award. This special award honors a Latin artist whose music and humanitarian efforts make a difference in the world. It’s only fitting then that Mr. Worldwide would be the recipient and that his good friend and fellow humanitarian, the King of Latin Pop, would be honoring him.
Pitbull also premiered his newest single, “Por Favor,” with Fifth Harmony, at the Latin AMAs on Oct. 26. Fans who attended the show at The Forum on Friday got a special surprise when he invited the beloved girl group to join him onstage for a performance. The Cuban rapper proved he could sing and dance his way into anyone’s heart (including a few security guards) with his hits such as, “Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor),” “Feel This Moment” and “International Love.” While the two certainly complement each other, Mr.305’s EDM-style hip-hop vibe was a cool contrast to his co-headliner.
When Iglesias took the stage earlier on Friday night, it sent his adoring fans into a heartwarming frenzy. The Spanish singer/songwriter had everyone on their feet with songs like, “I’m A Freak,” “I Like It” and “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You).” He even switched things up halfway through the hit tune and went from the “clean version” to the “unedited version,” causing the crowd to go wild. At one point, during “Bailamos,” Iglesias seemed to have let the rhythm take him over and teased the audience with some serious drumming skills.
Throughout his set, the artist seamlessly transitioned through the packed house, jumping into the aisles and taking center stage in the middle of the venue. Known for his intimate fan moments during his concerts, the performer grabbed one lucky lady from the crowd and serenaded her. The enthusiastic admirer sang along with Iglesias as the two were warmly affectionate.
The authentic, tender moments Enrique Iglesias exudes with songs such as “Hero,” one of the clear favorites of the evening, makes the kindhearted crooner the unstoppable performer that he is. Along with Pitbull, those two gave it everything and left concert-goers with some very real music magic.
The Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull Live! tour continues in Oakland with CNCO tonight and then will pick up again with the duo in Miami, on Nov. 11.
You can check out exclusive photos from the Oct. 27 show at The Forum, up above.