Marc Anthony kicked off the U.S. leg of his "Vivir Mi Vida" world tour with two sold-out shows at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami Aug. 23 and 24, playing a mostly salsa set that underscored the theme and sentiment of his top-selling new album, "3.0."

Backed by a sizzling, 14-piece salsa band and little else save for LED screens, Anthony let his voice do the talking and the singing, keeping the crowd on its feet as he crooned and improvised, beginning with the vintage "De Repente" and ending with current megahit "Vivir MI Vida." Pals Natalia Jiménez (in "Recuérdame") and Tito "El Bambino" (in "Porqué les mientes) were brought onstage to sing with him, a "surprise" that will surface in some of the other tour stops. But really, this was all about Anthony and his voice. 

While the singer has long mixed and matched his English language pop fare with his Spanish language salsa and pop, the Miami show was for the most part an up-tempo salsa affair that celebrated several decades of the genre. Standouts included Hector Lavoe's classic "Mi Gente" (which Anthony recorded for the film "El Cantante") and Anthony's his first hit -- "Hasta Que Te Conocí," with its lengthy piano/vocal introduction -- highlighting emotional range and depth.

It was a riveting, relentless tour de force that cemented Anthony's stature as one of the preeminent performers of his generation. Few acts today that can match his vocal prowess and showmanship. Anthony likes to prowl the stage, arms flung wide, head thrown back. It's a grand gesture for so slight a man, and yet, it envelops entire arenas. 

Upcoming tour dates:

Aug. 30   Curaçao
Sept. 1   Long Island, NY
Sept. 4   McAllen, TX
Sept. 5   Houston, TX
Sept. 7   Chicago, IL
Sept. 10   Vienna, VA
Sept. 13   Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 14   Tucson, AZ
Sept. 21   Bucaramanga, Colombia
Sept. 27   Oakland, CA
Sept. 28   Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 29   Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 4   Puerto Rico
Oct. 5   Puerto Rico
Oct. 16   Panama
Oct. 24   Mexico City
Oct. 25   Mexico City
Nov. 1   Guayaquil, Ecuador
Nov. 2   Cuenca, Ecuador
Nov. 3   Manta, Ecuador
Nov. 6   Santiago de Chile
Nov. 10   Asuncion, Paraguay
Nov. 14   Montevideo, Uruguay
Nov. 16   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dec. 3   Maracaibo, Venezuela
Dec. 4   Valencia, Venezuela
Dec. 5   Caracas, Venezuela
Dec. 12   Brisbane, Australia
Dec. 13   Sydney, Australia
Dec. 15   Melbourne, Australia
Dec. 18   Adelaide, Australia