With new and old bravado, Romeo's stellar showmanship comes with plenty of surprises.
On an unseasonably warm Thursday night (Feb. 15), the self-proclaimed King of Bachata kicked off his 18-city Golden Tour in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The veteran Latin sensation and internationally celebrated artist is here to remind people why he’s at the top, so forget everything you’ve read, seen or heard about a Romeo Santos concert.
Before Santos takes his throne, Dominican rapper Mozart La Para, 30, presides the stage slick in a red jacket and black bottoms. Santos’ first signee to Roc Nation Latin takes off with hit songs like “Pa Gozar,” “Levantate” and “Primero Que Kanye.” He then brings out his daughter Charlotte, and sweetly sings a daddy-daughter duet to Liro Shaq, Chimbala and La Para’s “Bye Bye.” The boisterous tyke steals the show sporting a rosy faux fur jacket as she bopped all around the stage.
Minutes after Para’s set, Santos emerges from a brightly lit fiery backdrop of neon light beams, which appear milliseconds away from turning into flames. A thunderstorm of screams inundate the arena and a sea of cell phone lights begin to document his arrival. Clad in coal-black gear and sunglasses, Bachata’s boy wonder and sensitive playboy begins with an Antony Santos-inspired perico ripiao followed by “Perjurio” and “Por Un Segundo.”