Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra kicked off his “AsondeGuerra” world tour with a concert in Puerto Rico, delighting fans with his greatest hits from a career spanning more than 20 years of merengue, bachata, salsa and ballads , The Latin American Herald Tribune reports .
Backed by his 4.40 band, Guerra took the stage wearing a red shirt, jeans, a cream-colored jacket and a black cap, and without delay went straight into his first song of the night, “Apaga y Vamonos” (Turn Off the Lights and Let’s Go).
“Good evening, Puerto Rico. It’s a pleasure to be with you here,” Guerra said in his greeting to the audience, and went on to sing one of his fans’ all-time favorites, “La Bilirrubina” (Bilirubin).
The 54-year-old artist continued the concert with “La Travesia” (The Crossing) and “La Llave” (The Key), infectious tunes that brought the hundreds of people in Puerto Rico’s Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum to their feet and dancing.
“It’s a great privilege to start this tour in Puerto Rico. Thanks for all your warmth and for making us feel so special. Let me send greetings to my Dominican brothers,” the winner of numerous prizes said.
Guerra, known for his dark beard and moustache, added a touch of romance with “Bachata Rosa” and then went into several of his salsa numbers including “Carta de Amor” (Love Letter).
The Latin artist continued the evening with “Como Yo” (Like Me), “El Costo de la Vida” (The Cost of Living) and “La Calle” (The Street), singing the latter as a duet with Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, who was present via a video recording projected on a screen over the stage.
Guerra, who was accompanied by more than 10 musicians onstage, wrapped up the first concert of his new tour with more of his best-known numbers including “Visa para un Sueño” (Visa for a Dream), “Las Avispas” (Wasps), “Bachata en Fukuoka”, “La Guagua” (The Bus), “Cosquillita” (Ticklish) and “Ojala que Llueva” (I Hope it Rains).
The Dominican vocalist will give two more concerts in Puerto Rico on Saturday and Monday before heading off on his tour of several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, Panama and Curacao, where he is scheduled to share the stage with Sting and Stevie Wonder. He will also regale Venezuela and Peru with his unforgettable tunes.
Before this concert, the artist put on his show in London and Belgium as a “warmup” for his international tour.
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