Puerto Rico’s financial crisis has pushed many from the island to immigrate to the United States looking for a better life. One of the top destinations has been Orange County, Florida — which is now the top third county for Puerto Ricans in the U.S. — and its main hub, Orlando. Coincidentally, Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin ended the U.S. leg of his One World Tour in the “magic city” on Sunday (Oct. 25).
He looked right at home.
Making his entrance from the top of the stage wearing a blue suit, Martin kicked off his show performing “Mr. Put It Down,” “This is Good,” “Drop It On Me,” “Shake Your Bon-Bon” and “Adrenalina” featuring Wisin (who was the opening act).
Martin performed 20-some songs for a little over two hours, changing outfits frequently to fit moods and concepts.
“Tonight is a special night, because it is my last show here in the U.S., and I promise you that I will leave my soul on stage,” he said before performing 2003’s “Tal Vez,” a song Martin says, “I’ll never stop singing.”
For some time now, Martin’s shows have been about more than just music and entertainment. A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Ricky Martin Foundation’s new video on human trafficking as he performed “Asignatura pendiente” (Pending Assignmet). Martin made it very clear that his mission with the One World Tour is “to unite nations through music,” particularly in the United States. “This country is called [the United States] because it unites people from the whole world,” he said.
For the rest of the year, Ricky Martin will be a judge on Univision’s La Banda, which is set to end in December. The Latin American leg of the One World Tour will continue in 2016, kicking off in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 12 -13. Remaining dates will be announced soon.
One World Tour set list:
Mr. Put It Down
This is Good
Drop It On Me
Shake Your Bon-Bon
Living la vida loca
Come with me
Disparo al Corazón
Por arriba, Por abajo
Cup of Life